Friday, 26 April 2013

Twickenham, Middlesex, York Street, 1913

Twickenham, Middlesex, York Street, 1913. In this postcard of York Street, Twickenham we can see a newspaperboy with a sign that proclaims 'Appalling Colliery Disaster in Wales'. Although there were many coal mining disasters in Wales at the turn of the last century, this one probably refers to the Senghenydd Colliery Disaster on 14th of October 1913, the worst of the lot. 439 miners lost their lives in an explosion underground. York Street was built at the turn of the twentieth century to replace Church Street as the main road to Richmond. The buildings on the left were completed in 1906. Sydney Chidley Pianos originally occupied the premises on the far left, but only lasted a few years and then Leslie Warner Shoes were there for many years after that. The premises is now that of HSBC Bank.
Postcard by W. H. Applebee of Ashford. Click the postcard to enlarge. For more old photographs visit the Sepia Saturday blog.



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12 comments:

  1. I love that you actually found a photo with a man and a newspaper. That street looks pretty much the same. It hasn't been modernized as some of the photos in your other posts. Thank goodness.
    Nancy

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  2. Apart from the awnings, the view doesn't look to be much changed, and not too much of the gaudy signage that seems so ubiquitous, either.

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  3. a fantastic postcard - oh the High Street then must have been a fine place to shop or window-shop. I notice the To Let Sign - just the one shop vacant, it looks like that anyway. Hard to imagine a high street like that nowadays. From what I've read pianos were hard to give away by the end of WW1, probably not much demand for new ones through the war years.

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  4. I used to work (1980s)for a company with its HQ in Twickenham so this is a town that I knew well. Always regretted that I never got to see a rugby match. Great old postcard.

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  5. Strange....I lived in Kew up the road for 10 years...I met my wife when she lived in Twickenham...and of course I have been to the Rugby many times....but I just don't recognise that high street scene!

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  6. Pretty much the same after one hundred years! Amazing!

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  7. That is a great example of the genre of street view postcards, Howard. Action, details, people, and a dog too. Have you found any photocards of a place taken in different decades? I would think a High Street like this might be photographed almost as often as Google's Camera does now.

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  8. That would be interesting to see one street photographed every so often. This scene, now and then, is remarkably the same.

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  9. WOW. That past and present photos are terrific. Both certainly make me want to visit.

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  10. The street looks relatively quiet for a main thoroughfare; perhaps it was taken quite early in the morning. The inevitable dog in the road, stealing the show, adds to the interest, but the headline is the one that catches the eye.

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  11. So much to see in this old photo!

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  12. Sydney Chidley is my great grandfather. He had many shops and a factory in Birmingham. He ended up with a big house in kilburn (shoot up hill). He had another shop in willesden high street and his company name 'st Pauls pianos' is still written on the wall there. His father, Rock Chidley, worked for Sir Charles Wheatstone making concertinas :-)

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