Mystery Album 1
This mystery album contains exactly 100 photos. It is
of British origin. There are only very few inscriptions. The original
owner is unknown, only is initals: E.A.B. The pictures are done pretty
well. Our guess that the person was an avid amateur photographer, loved
to travel and belonged to ecclesiastical circles (due to the fact that
the pictures show many churches and people related to churches). The
pictures were taken around 1885-95.
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Mystery Album 1
Dieses Mystery Album beinhaltet genau 100 Photos. Es stammt
aus England. Im Album sind nur sehr wenige Anmerkungen. Der ursprüngliche
Besitzer ist nicht bekannt, nur seine Initialen: E.A.B. Die Bilder sind
ziemlich gut gemacht. Wir vermuten, dass die Person ein ambitionierter
Amateurphotograph war, gerne reiste und zu kirchlichen Kreisen gehörte
(, weil das Album mit vielen kirchlichen Motiven und Kirchenpersonal
gefüllt ist). Die Bilder wurden um 1885-1895 aufgenommen.
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Probably the initials of the former owner: E.A.B.
1: probably the same church as in 2 and 44.
2: probably the same church as in 1 and 44. There is a brass
band on the left.
4: It is Weymouth, in Dorset, south west England. It is to
be the of the sailing Olympics in 2012. The key to identification
(compared to today) is the row of 6 houses by the left bank, with dormer
windows in the roof.
7: Abbotsbury, Dorset, main street through the village
looking over to the church
Thoughts before finding the solution:
....The Church tower, with an unusual exterior stairwell, is something
with which I am not familiar. I now see many other examples on the internet,
however this is a very helpful clue. ....The cottages in the photo were
probably all re-roofed in the 1800's. Only one has traditional straw
thatch, the others appear to have roofs of slate. Slate would not have
been available at a cost affordable in such a village until the arrival
of the railways meant that it could be brought from places such as north
Wales. Had the cottages been built with roofs of stone originally, it
would have been of local roofing stones of sandstone, or certain limestones,
that were laid down geologically in thin layers that could be split.
However the individual pieces would be much larger, and less uniform
in size, than was achieved with slate. ....It is possible that some
of the buildings were built very early 1800s, but many appear much older,
the row of 3 cottages in the distance are probably from the early 1600s
or earlier. But it is hard to be precise in such a village as the building
styles were more dictated by the available materials than by fashion
or wish to be different.
....I believe that the stone is either a sandstone, but most likely
a Jurassic limestone that is commonly found in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire,
Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, that is a belt that runs across England
as shown on the attached very approximate image I attach. The Jurassic
limestone stone is generally quite yellow in colour, quite soft, and
has the gritty appearance of a sandstone. These are the counties I will
....I think that I will start looking in Northamptonshire.
12. Oxford Botanical gardens and Magdalen College, Oxford.
Taken from inside the Botanic Gardens, looking north to the tower of
Magdalen College (across the High Street), through the gate known as
14. Dorchester Abbey is a Church of England parish church
in Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire.
Dorchester Abbey viewed from the south.
15. Dorchester Abbey is a Church of England parish church
in Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire.
Nave and east window.
20. Saint John the Baptist, Frome, Somerset
21. Christchurch, Frome, Somerset
22. Saint John the Baptist Choir School, Frome, Somerset
Thoughts before finding the solution: Very unusual roof tiles on
the right hand building.........looks like a Victorian experimental
roof...I have never seen anything like it.
23. Might be choristers of Saint John the Baptist Choir School,
Frome, Somerset (demolished!)???
Thoughts before finding the solution: Not Protestant....Roman
Catholic. Boys are paying pupils here.
25. Among them are: Frank Pierce, Agnes Jeps.
27. Among them are: Susan Mitchell, Gipsy Sampson, Jane Wood.
28. Saint Augustine's, Kilburn is an Anglican Church
in the area of Kilburn, North London.
32: Arundel Bridge with top of the castle.
Soon after 1846 the 14th Duke began re-structuring the castle. The 14th
Duke died before its completion, and the work was overseen by his successor,
the 15th Duke. Work was completed in 1900. This will explain some considerable
differences in the castle today.
34: Littlehampton, Sussex.
The paddle tug: The tug was the harbour pilot's called Jumna,
Jumna - Paddle tug.
Built 1884 by Hepple & Co, N Shields. Length - 81.5.' Beam - 14.2'.
Draft - 7.2'. . 51grt
1884 Delivered to David Bevan, Swansea.
1887 Owner William Brazier, Shoreham.
1890 Owners Port of Arundel & Littlehampton Commission.
1915 Owners C H Campbell Ltd, London.
1918-1919 requisitioned by Admiralty for Civil Engineer-in-Chief .
1925 Owners Jonathan Potts Ltd, Grimsby. 1925 scrapped .
Thoughts beforre finding the solution: The place is clearly on an estuary
and is a ferry point. It looks to me that when the steam paddle ferry
is not operating, then there are men who will row passengers. There
are good steps for the passengers.
35. Saint John the Baptist Frome, Somerset. Grave of William
James Early Bennett (1804–1886).
He was an Anglican priest. Bennett is celebrated for having provoked
the decision that the doctrine of the Real Presence is a dogma not inconsistent
with the creed of the Church of England. He died in Frome but is he
buried there, too?
38. Oxford, High Street. Note All Saints Church on the
left as well as "Gill & Co" ironmonger.
39. Oxford, Queen Street at its junction with St Ebbe's Street.
Today the street has substantially been demolished and developed, but
the building "Willis No 27" is still there. Freeman Hardy Willis was
a well know national chain of shoe shops, from 1875, and finally disappearing
Date about 1895-1900. There is not to see any sign of a horse drawn
tram, but the tracks are there. "A horse-drawn tram first operated in
Oxford from 1881 and its operation was taken over in 1906 by the City
of Oxford Electric Tramway Company Ltd. This did not in fact electrify
the tramway, but over the period 1913-14, and under threat of competition
from William Morris (Motor manufacturer in Oxford), replaced the trams
by Daimler Motor Company buses".
Some men are wearing a bowler hat. This is still the dress of porters
at Oxford Colleges (or it was until very recently). The following is
interesting...."The bowler became a cultural identifier, ironically
with two completely different meanings: throughout most of England it
was associated with professional servants, e.g. butlers, and so upon
seeing a man wearing a bowler in a pub or on the street, it was fairly
safe to assume he was a "gentleman's gentleman," meaning a valet, manservant
or butler; in London itself, however, it was associated with professionals,
and so a man wearing a bowler in The City could safely be assumed to
be a lawyer, stockbroker, banker or government official. As the traditional
headwear of London city 'gents' it has become something of an English
The Union flag flying in the distance is, highly probably, on a building
known as Carfax although this building is hidden. "The name "Carfax"
derives from the French "carrefour", or "crossroads". Carfax Tower is
located at the north-west corner of Carfax. The Tower is all that remains
of the 13th century St Martin's Church and is now owned by the Oxford
City Council. It is 23 m (74 ft) tall and still contains a ring of six
bells, recast from the original five by Richard Keene of Woodstock in
1676. These chime the quarter hours and are rung on special occasions
by the Oxford Society of Change Ringers."
40. St. Margaret's Church, Oxford
42. Market Place, Frome, Somerset
The place today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33568911@N00/2988109551/
Thoughts before finding the solution: On the left we see "The George
Inn". And there is a sign "Parcels office". It was usual to
have a parcels office at an inn. This is where transport would terminate
in each town. The problem is...there was a George Inn in every town
44: probably the same church as in 1 and 2.
45: The rowing photo is almost certainly at Oxford on the
River Thames (known as the Isis in Oxford). It is probably the Oxford
Eights week, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eights_Week
46: Cowdray House/Castle, Midhurst, West Sussex
49. King's College, Cambridge
50. King's College, Cambridge
51. St John's College, Cambridge
52. Clare College, Cambridge
53. Chichester Cathedral in Chichester, in Sussex.
54. Chichester Cathedral in Chichester, in Sussex.
55. Chichester Cathedral in Chichester, in Sussex.
Today Chichester Cathedral has a modern altar. So far we don't what
happened to the old one. And we couldn't find any pictures of the old
56. Chichester Market Cross
57. Westgate, Canterbury
58. Norman Steps, Canterbury
59. Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
60. St. Margaret's Church, Oxford, 1892
63. St Faith's Church, West Street, Havant, Hampshire
64. St Faith's Church, West Street, Havant, Hampshire
67. Botanical Gardens and tower of Magdalen College, Oxford
69. Crane Bridge and Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire. The first
building in the street is Salisbury parish workhouse.
70. Old Mill, Harnham, a suburb of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
71. "Chocolate Box Houses"
(The name came in use because chocolate companies liked to use images
of this kind of houses on chocolate and biscuit gift boxes)
Thatch, which is wheat straw, or Norfolk reed, was the general roofing
material in country areas or poorer housing. But in the 1800s as clay
tiles and slate became cheaper, with the advent of railways, many thatch
houses were changed. That is a big fire risk of course, and now very
expensive to renew also.
74. Bournemouth Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset
Looking across to Gervis Place. On the right is St Peters Church.
In the buildings there are several shops. There are:
1. Barnes Tailor/ Barnes and Sons/ Gentlemen's Outfitter/ on top
of the building is the year 1863, probably the year of the establishment.
Has the shop a Royal Warrant? There is a crest on the shop.
2. Campbell/ robes de bal
3. The Bungalow ??/Fullers
75. Folly Bridge, Oxford
The photo is taken from Folly Bridge, Oxford looking south. The path
along the river on the North East side is where the old university boathouse
barges were. Now the new boathouses are just a few yards further south
(see picture 45). All the boathouses and flagpoles do fit to identify
76. The stone of the building is distinctive, sandstone, with
a very varied coloured strata complex. But we dont have the knowledge
to place it precisiely.
This is a revival style, but we are no experts at all. We think the
windows take something from the 1600s, Elisabethan or Jacobean styles.
But the building is, in our view, certainly post 1850.
The shop on the right has the name Turner ...
79. Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
The cathedral from the south west.
80. Ilfracombe, North Devon
85. High Street, Clovelly, Devon???
94. Hastings, seafront.
Note the Palace Hotel.
95. St. Leonards, Pier.
96. St. Leonards, Pier???
100. Note the grave on the left in front. The stone revealed a
name and age: Edmund Hill, aged 72.