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Asylum Gates and Tavern, Caterham


This postcard was sent by Mary to her sister in 1905. Mary says she will only be able to say when she is coming home to Cransley, near Kettering, after Jack arrives.

The tavern in Caterham is still there, although now called the New Caterham Arms, and possibly rebuilt in part. On 27th August 1975 an IRA bomb exploded  injuring many, including soldiers from Caterham Barracks, next to the asylum. Nurses from the Asylum ran out to help.

The Asylum is no longer there but you can see the gate posts with a memorial plaque. On the postcard there are a gathering of people inside and outside the gates of the Asylum. The postcard is hand tinted.

On a hillside above a town


On a grassy hillside, a young lady smiles at the camera. She is relaxed and enjoying the moment with whoever is this side of the camera. It is a good photograph and has been turned into a postcard with number 12103. Her hand in the cardigan pocket seems a typical pose given the way the pockets and cardigan has stretched.  Behind is a town and beyond that the countryside looks very English with trees and hedges and fields vanishing towards a distant haze.

Flood in South Nutfield


I remember the thunderstorms and heavy rain and how Mid Street became like a mighty river rushing near our house.  The flood swept down the road and over the pavements and was very impressive to me at the age of eleven. We had recently moved from Leicester and if this was anything to go by then South Nutfield was going to be an exciting place to live.

This postcard features another young lad at the junction of Mid Street and the Avenue during the same flood. The bridge over Nutfield Brook is overflowing behind him. Wikipedia has more on The Great Flood. (All Rights reserved to Pamlin Prints)

Croydon Borough Mental Hospital Chelsham


The clock tower is just visible – seen behind the high walls and the trees. In more recent days the hospital was renamed as Warlingham Park Hospital. Opened in 1903, the hospital finally closed in February 1999 and the site was turned into a housing development called Great Park. Something similar has happened to a lot of the old Mental Hospitals that were being run down in the 80s and 90s. Residents were dispersed in a switch from large institutions to smaller residential units and ‘care in the community’.