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 search initially.
....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 Danby Gate.

13. 1889

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 (demolished!)
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 in 1996.
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 cultural icon."
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:
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

46: Cowdray House/Castle, Midhurst, West Sussex

47. 1890

48. 1896

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.
The Nave.

54. Chichester Cathedral in Chichester, in Sussex.
The Nave.

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 one online.

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

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

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 the picture.

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

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.

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