Friday, 11 January 2013

Soham, Cambridgeshire, Churchgate Street c1908

Soham, Cambridgeshire, Churchgate Street circa 1908. The Fountain pub (16th century, rebuilt 1900 after a fire) on the left is still in business, but the Crown Commercial Hotel on the right, perhaps open by 1701 and well equipped to take guests in 1816, closed in 1967. It is now private houses. Postcard publisher not known. Click on the postcard to enlarge. For more old pictures have a look this week's Sepia Saturday blog.



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12 comments:

  1. No matter what, the resemblance is still striking.
    I like the wording on the wall of the Crown: "Bus meets all trains".

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  2. A pleasant village but I never knew that fishermen had bait so large it need stables.

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  3. I wonder what their secret is to preserving such charming buildings rather than succumb to modern notions of progress.

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  4. One of the better matches between then and now. Shame that Soham now has violent associations after Ian Huntley.

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  5. Everything looks so much the same! You guys build things to last over there.

    Kathy M.

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  6. I am always amazed at these buildings with such a long history!

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  7. Is there anything sadder in the world than a pub that is no more?

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  8. I know you must miss all those favorite old pubs. I like how not much has changed, the sidewalk, better as well as the street, and the window boxes with flowers is really nice!

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  9. A good match of then and now!

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  10. Curious that the rooms in the roof of what was the pub have been removed, as has one of the chimney stacks.

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  11. A classic pre-Great War postcard, even down to the horse (or donkey) and cart further up the street. Good to see that so much has been retained.

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  12. I can't help but think of "High Noon" the way they are all assembled in the street as if something momentous is about to happen. I always love these then-and-now travels.

    Thanks!

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