Old Postcards

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The Station

We start this page with a picture of Glemsford station. Today, the actual station is still extant, much modified. One of the large concrete level crossing posts still exists, and various other buildings as well. This view is now obscured by trees. The station closed in March 1967.


The Old Post Office

Robert Steed was contacted for permission to use this photo. This is what he replied:


"My great great grandfather, Leonard Bradnam, and his son, George William Bradnam, ran the Post Office there for many years. I still have the bureau they are said to have used there".




The Church of St Mary

This view of the Church of St Mary the Virgin contrasts well with the modern view on the right.The water in the foreground is quite clearly, an old "waver", or pond, that used to be outside Park Farm - for the use, no doubt of horses which had struggled up from the valley. It no longer exists.




Bells Lane

This view is of Bells Lane, taken from the corner of Park Lane, very close to the church. All the buildings seen in the picture still exist. The building on the left was owned by Mr Cook of Melford Riot fame. The background has changed a great deal, although the Horsehair factory buildings still exist.




Duffs Hill

This tinted view of the village from Duffs Hill and Crown Field is fascinating. The Crown pub is to the left of centre, middle distance. Straight ahead from the camera is now the small collection of houses known as Spring Meadow. On the left, out of picture, is still Duffs Hill Farm, while the cottages on the left are at the end of Chequers Lane.


Silk Mill

A wonderful view of Glemsford Silk Mill, with the huge pond apparent. Silk weaving has happened in Glemsford since the 1820s.


Hunts Hill

Hunts Hill has changed a lot, but much is recognisable. The Draper's shop on the right is now an estate agent. The building on the left is now the Briars Nursing Home. Just beyond it is the site of the Social Club. More of this site is described in A Walk Through Glemsford.


Bridge nr. Cranmore

This bridge is on the outskirts of the village, near Cranmore Green, where there was a mill wheel. It would be quite difficult to reproduce this scene today.


Scotchford Bridge

An additional picture has come to light, of Scotchford Bridge, where Glemsford gives way to Stansted. Quite who the gentleman on the bike is, we don't know. (Many thanks to Patrick Hemphill for providing this picture.)

Scotchford Bridge

Fred Hartley's father lived and worked in Glemsford before and after World War 1, his father and grandfather before him.

It is interesting to note which views of the village the publishers chose to include in this familiar style of format. The Church and the Schools are, perhaps obvious.

The bottom left is looking up Egremont Street towards the "Cock" and the "Angel". The bottom right is looking down Egremont Street, past Flax Lane, to the "Angel".

And this bridge forms the centrepiece. Is it the old Scotchford Bridge, or near the mill by the station?