Friday, 6 January 2012

New Heston Village, Middlesex, c1912

New Heston Village, Middlesex, circa 1912. The Elm Tree pub is still there on the right, but is much altered. The building in the distance just above the children's heads looks the same though. Postcard by W H Applebee. For more old photos visit Sepia Saturday. Click on the postcard to enlarge.




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19 comments:

  1. This image is especially cool when placed up against the same street today. Love it!

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  2. The childrn are lined up for their picture, and making sure baby brother or sister gets in on the act too.

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  3. These postcards with the children getting in the picture are wonderful and there is a charm which is definitely lost in how it looks now.

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  4. No children on today's streets. The old view without the street furniture is much more inviting.

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  5. I love the way the children are lined up in the middle of the street on the postcard.

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  6. The next to smallest child always wants to pick up the smallest, even if they are only a minute smaller. The old street does look more interesting. But I always think that.

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  7. Really, not a lot has changed! The children look cool lined up in the street like that!

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  8. Amazingly clear photo even when zoomed in close. I like that the kids are babysitting the little one. What a big wide road it seems to be without any cars about - plenty of room for football, hopscotch, marbles :-) Jo

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  9. It is always so fascinating in your posts to straddle time like this. Of course, I'm always wishing to step back in time to visit the places as they once were.

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  10. How interesting to see the then and now.

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  11. I'd like to step into that first card with my suitcase and ask the children for directions to the nearest Inn...and then on from there.

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  12. Another great comparison. I love the way the children line up for the photograph - you would not get them to do that in this mobile phone camera day and age. Equally, even if the did, the photo would probably vanish within a couple of weeks.

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  13. Another great photo, but once again I'm struck by how different our world is when Google's Street View needs to obscure faces to preserve privacy.

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  14. left olf yr1400 old queens head pub..demolished 1980s.....british legion....was flour mill bakery..heston famous best wheat bread of eliz 1st visit to osterley house....right elm tree pub..and shop..along by it run by family 1800s to 1950..demolished....ahead east is church...village green...rose crown..george pub...heston farm 1966 they built wheatlands hse est on.....left heston park..of centuries heston may day fair etc....left 1930 heston swim...library....my family 1802 onwards local...wingrove timberlake wallbanks meads little lindsey

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  15. My grand father worked with a Wallbank in Heston Park & I went to school with a Roy Hamilton who lived in Spring Well Road & in his mothers garden is where the spring rose above out of the ground, Roy was related to the Wallbanks.

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  16. yes George...roy ok wife 2 children would be retired now ..my cousins...yes .Heston park...jim Lindsey wallbanks worked lifetime council gardens ..died age 80s springwell rd..yes well of springwell rd...top of their house and huge grounds..36 springwell rd..now old peoples home built there...roys mum daisy dad jim..they moved to meadow way 1970s..jim a postman..roy worked for walls salesman then milkman...roys gran had the big house sarah lovely lady...nans family.....gt to hear you George...good old Heston...best wishes

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  17. yes roys gran was wallbanks..36 springwell rd..brothers wallbanks ron don john George,,,1850 family cranford lane timberlake sarah married wallbanks from Hounslow barracks..1881..to 1980s family local there Heston..buried Heston church..

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  18. I was born in Heston 1956 in Westbrook Rd, 3 mins walk from the Elm Tree pub. There was a newsagents next to the pub called Ben Watkins, very tiny shop, when I was 13 I got a paper round there. When Ben Watkins died, I carried on working for the new owners and we cleared out the old stock room. We found aload of old postcards of Heston, one of which was of the 6 children standing opposite the Elm Tree. All the post cards were new stock that had been stashed away for 60 odd years. I took some of them home, but sadly no longer have them.

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    1. I worked for Ben in about 1957! Remember the fireworks club he ran, pay in your occasional penny, then get a couple of bobs worth of fireworks in nov. Beyond the house above the boy's head was the entry to the fairground, sealed off by council in winter, but the chestnut fencing soon got broken through. The white gable beyond belongs to a houses still there, then there were some old terraced houses, ending with a derelict one at the edge of the Queens Head forecourt. That house had a lean-to used as a greengrocers, dusty veg in wooden racks. There was an opening into the house where the greengrocer sat, with an old dustbin on a gas ring in which beetroot were boiled. Behind the greengrocers was a row of cottages called the 'hole-in-the-wall' as the only access was through a gap in a wall. All that has now gone, along with the pub, replaced by ugly appartments called Bankes Close. The other side of the pub is 89 New Heston Road, one- up, one-down, were I lived until 1963. Alongside are two old cottages, one of which was home to an Irish family; daughter Cath married Alan Simpson, or was it Ray Galton. Iwas often called to go for his fags - at Ben's. The semi-det houses in the centre of the picture, behind the children, were home to to the man in white on the steps of the airplane which Chamberlain is exiting with his 'piece of paper' in 1939. I don't know his name. Dad was delayed getting home by Chamberlain's motorcade. A couple of cottages further along was Harle's bakery, where bread was still baked in gas ovens, and I bought a penny bag af cakes on a Saturday evening. Harles deliveries were made in two hand carts. The man had two shafts at the front, and a canopy over. They were beatifully finished and coachlined; after Harles closed in the 60's one of them appeared in a local antiques shop for a lot of money. I saw last summer that the old day nursery which I attended in the 40's (next to the Library) is due for demolition, and the baths were a pile of rubble. I could go on....

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