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Postcards Pt. 4 - December 2019

 

Snow in Marple

 Windlehurst 1 Feb. '40

January/February 1940

 

Christmas Fact: Although now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.

 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it
George Santayana – Spanish philosopher – 1863 - 1952
Windlehurst 1 Feb. ...
Lock 15

Lock 10 in the winter of 2009/10

 

Christmas Fact: Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.

 

History never looks like history when you are living through it
John W Gardner - American statesman – 1912 - 2002
Lock 15
On the Ridge

Snow in January February 1940. Taken on the Ridge

Christmas Fact: Robins on cards were a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.

 

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.
George Santayana – Spanish philosopher – 1863 - 1952

On the Ridge
Weir, Marple Bridge

The Weir at Marple Bridge in winter, frozen over with people walking on the ice

 

Christmas Fact: James Pierpont's 1857 song Jingle Bells was first called One Horse Open Sleigh and was written for Thanksgiving.

 

History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It's been around a long time
Terry Pratchett – English author – 1948 - 2015
Weir, Marple Bridge
Rose Hill '47

Workers clear the snow in the severe winter of 1947 at Rose Hill Station

 

Christmas Fact: Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig's head and mustard.

 

History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true
Gore Vidal – American author – 1925 - 2012
Rose Hill '47
Peak Forest Canal

Peak Forest Canal in the winter of 2009_10.

Christmas Fact: Jingle Bells was the first song broadcast from space when Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra sang it on December 16, 1965.

History is a pattern of timeless moments
T.S.Eliot – Anglo-American poet – 1888 - 1965
Peak Forest Canal
Hibbert Lane

January / February 1940 Hibbert Lane with the Willows School in the background.

 

Christmas Fact: Carols began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life.

 

There is a history in all men’s lives

         William Shakespeare English dramatist 1564 - 1616

Hibbert Lane
Station Road 40's

1940s snow,  Station-Road

 

Christmas Fact: Angels Singing? There is no reference to angels singing anywhere in the Bible.

 

History is a set of lies agreed upon 

       Napolean Bonaparte French Emperor 1769 – 1821

Station Road 40's
Strines Road

Strines Road unknown date

 

Christmas Fact: Many theologians estimate that Jesus wasn't born on December 25 but sometime in September between 6BC and 30AD.

 

L’Histoire est un alliage de réel et de mensonge. (History is a combination of reality and lies.)
Jean Cocteau – French playwright - 1889 - 1963
Strines Road
Lanes End, Mar' Br'

Lane Ends, Marple Bridge

 

Christmas Fact: Carols: Carols weren't sung in churches until they were introduced by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.

 

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history
Aldous Huxley – English writer – 1894 - 1963
Lanes End, Mar' Br'
Peak Forest Canal

Peak Forest Canal in the winter of 2009-10.

 

Christmas Fact: The bestselling Xmas single ever is Bing Crosby's White Christmas, shifting over 50million copies worldwide since 1942.

 

History teaches everything including the future
Alphonse de Lamartine – French writer – 1790 - 1869
Peak Forest Canal
Lock 10

Lock 10 in the winter of 2009/10.

 

Christmas Fact: Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.

 

History never looks like history when you are living through it

         John W Gardner - American statesman – 1912 - 2002

Lock 10
Uppr' Hibbert Ln

January / February 1940 Half Acre Terrace, Upper Hibbert Lane

 

Christmas Fact: Hanging presents on trees may come from the Druids who believed the tree was the giver of all good things.

 

Human blunders, usually, do more to shape history than human wickedness.

         A.J.P.Taylor – English historian – 1906 - 1990

Uppr' Hibbert Ln
Church Lane

Church Lane in the winter of 2009-10

 

Christmas Fact: The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by civil servant Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843. Featuring a family drinking wine, one sold for £8,469 last year.

 

The only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today

         Henry Ford – American industrialist – 1863 – 1947

Church Lane
Brick Bridge

Brick Bridge in the winter of 2009/10

 

Christmas Fact: Tangerines: The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.

 

God cannot alter the past though historians can
Samuel Butler – English author – 1835 - 1902

Brick Bridge
Iron Bridge

Iron Bridge in the winter of 2009/10

 

Christmas Fact: Santa Claus comes from a Dutch folk tale based on Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, who gave gifts on December 6.

 

History is interim reports issued periodically

           Annoymous

Iron Bridge
Rose Hill Feb' '40

Rose Hill Station Feb 1940

 

Christmas Fact: US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.

 

History does not belong to us, we belong to it

         Hans-Georg Gadamer – German philosopher – 1900 - 2002

Rose Hill Feb' '40
Dan Bank Toll H'se

Dan Bank Toll House in the winter of 1901

 

Christmas Fact: Three Wise Men? Despite the tale of three wise men paying homage to baby Jesus, the Bible never gives a number. Matthew's Gospel refers to merely "wise men".

 

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice
Mark Twain American author 1835 - 1910
Dan Bank Toll H'se
Etherow Park

Etherow Park Winter 2009-10

 

Christmas Fact: The Greeks celebrate Christmas on January 7, according to the old Julian calendar, while Xmas presents are opened on New Year's Day.

 

History just burps and we taste again that raw onion sandwich

         Julian Barnes – English novelist – 1946 -

Etherow Park
Station Rd 1940

Station Road January / February 1940

 

Christmas Fact: The word Noel derives from the French expression "les bonnes nouvelles" or "the good news"..

 

History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember.
“1066 and All That” - Sellars and Yeatman - British writers
Station Rd 1940

 

Strines Road Xmas post card

Strines Road, looking towards Marple

Great Britain experienced two particularly harsh winters in 1939/40 and 1946/47. 1947 was one of the snowiest; between January and March snow fell everyday somewhere in the country. Written on the back of the postcard:“train 1½ miles south of Rose Hill Station towards High Lane."

Winter Train Engine

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Winter delivering the milkJanuary or February 1940 - delivering the milk on Station Road, near Park Cottage.

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The Ridge viewEarly 1900s: Ridge Road, Marple. I wonder which one is Jack?

Winter the Ridge b

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Church StreetA view of the houses at the top of Church Street, near the canal.

The close up below reveals the laden cart (coal?) 2 horses, 2 men and a dog.

ChurchStd

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Winter Hibbert LaneThis part of Hibbert Lane may have been classed as Hawk Green when the postcard was published but it is now definitely in Marple. The wall and gateposts in the foreground belong to a substantial house, Stoke Lacy, which was built after the 1891 census was completed and before the1901 census was taken. William Chapman (Superintendent Railway Goods Depot) and his wife Adelaide lived there in 1901 together with 3 servants. In 1911, Henry Forth (agent and employer - aniline dyes & chemicals) and his wife Annabella were there with daughter Irene and 2 servants. We also know that there were 12 rooms, which included the kitchen but excluded the scullery, bathroom and water closet. The gates in the distance belong to Cotefield or Yately.

Looking across fields to Hibbert Lane, taken from Greenbank House.

WinterviewGreenbankHouseHibbertLane

Further along Hibbert Lane, towards Marple village and beyond Cotefield on the right hand side was a house called Greenbank. Hard to believe that it was so rural.

Link to Greenbank photos image 1 - image 2 - image 3 - image 4 - image 5 - image 6  - image 7 - image 8  - Location of Greenbank

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Finally……. Embossed ‘Cataract, Marple Bridge’ and posted on December 22nd 1906 to Mr & Mrs Steward who lived near Sheffield. ‘Good wishes for Xmas & the New Year from Dad & Louie.’

Winter to greet you

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Hilary Atkinson, December 2019