May 27, 2017

Ilfracombe | England

This morning we want for a nice walk at Guildford, where I stumbled upon I cute vintage shop. There I found some very interesting old postcards.

The first one shows Ilfracombe, a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs. The parish stretches along the coast from the 'Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along the Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level.

The landmark of Hillsborough Hill dominates the harbour and is the site of an Iron Age fortified settlement. In the built environment, the architectural-award-winning Landmark Theatre is either loved or hated for its unusual double-conical design. The 13th century parish church, Trinity, and the St Nicholas's Chapel (a lighthouse) on Lantern Hill, have been joined by the Damien Hirst owned statue, Verity, as points of interest. [wikipedia]

The postcard reads: 'many thanks for letter & list. will you please send to "Miss Potter, Bushy Ruff, Kearsney, Dover" I wish you could see us, we are having such a happy time. I will try & write today or tomorrow DL'

Unfortunately I can not make out the date the card was posted. The stamp used pictures Edward VII. Stamps for King Edward's reign were issued on 1st January 1902. The inland postage rate for postcards was half penny until 1910.

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