A wander through Winterborne Whitechurch


This month Barry Cuff has chosen a couple of postcards of the village in which he grew up.

This is the school that grandfather, father and I attended. The sender, Mary Jones, was the infant teacher and wife of Thomas Jones, headmaster. Note the separate playgrounds in their time – bottom for the boys and top for the girls!).
It was sent on 23rd December 1904 to the postmistress, Miss F Collis, at Iwerne Minster:
‘My dear Fan, A line to wish you a very jolly Christmas. I thought you would like a view of our house & school. It was taken from the church tower. Much love from Mary Jones’

A William Snook sent this card on 4th November 1904 to a relative, Miss E Snook, in Longfleet. The Snook family ran the Post Office, Telegraph Office, the bakery and Temperance Hotel in the village – and, as can be seen from the message, they produced postcards too!
The thatched cottages were pulled down in the late 1970s.
‘Do you remember this spot – we are doing this at one penny each. I will send Jon another soon. Kind love to all’


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