Wish you were here two.

Old postcards not only provide us with interesting photographs , they also offer us an intriguing insight into the lives of people long gone.

Click on the link below to see an earlier post about old postcards:


Thanks to Maggi Blythin for contributing this week’s post:

“This postcard of the Marine Lake was sent to a Miss Hobday, School House, Whixall, Near Whitchurch. The date is clear – 12th August, but no year.
The sender, Sallie, was staying at 1, Butterton Road, Rhyl. She was writing it whilst sitting on the sands watching the tide come in and having a ‘champion time’.

maggi marine lake

maggi marine reverse
I think the card must be post 1911 as I found Laurie Hobday on the 1911 census at the School House in Whixall. She was aged 16 so perhaps the card was written a couple of years after this.
Laura, born in Margate in 1895, was the daughter of Charles and Mary Hobday, both school teachers and both born in Margate. She seems to be the eldest child and after her birth the family have moved to Clanfield, between Oxford and Cirencester, where a son Charles was born. The family then moved to Whixall, a small village near Whitchurch and a further son and then twin boys were born.
We have no indication as to who the sender, Sallie, is – perhaps a friend.

The Marine Lake at night must have been a marvellous place at that time-busy and full of people enjoying their holidays. The postcard shows the Water Chute. Apparently it was the first fun fair ride to be built in 1908, although the Marine Lake was opened in 1895.
The Water Chute was closed following a tragedy in 1914.”

read more about the water chute tragedy here:




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