Lydlinch | Then & Now


Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards meet modern-day reality. Explore the past and present on the same page, and see the evolution of familiar places.

The A357 looks a little different at the Three Boars in 1904! Visually almost unchanged, but no longer a pub – and it would seem that ladies could walk down the middle of the road in relaxed comfort. The turn of the century photographer no doubt had a less nervous time standing in the road to take his photograph, too!
This card was sent from Sturminster Newton to Lydlinch on 3rd December 1904.

Below, the Lydlinch school card wasn’t posted so we don’t have a date, but it’s clearly pre-First World War and the bicycle that can be seen became widespread after 1900. The school is now a private house – missing its school bell above the porch, painted white and with a second floor added, it’s still easily recognisable.


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