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Postcard showing the fire station, 1907/10

view of the High Street looking east, including the fire station

Roger Davis provided a scan of this postcard. Howard Webb advises 'this postcard was published by Richard Young of Teddington who was active between 1907 and 1912. I think your card is an early one, between 1907 and 1910'.

The postcard shows the High Street with several horses and carts delivering goods. Judging by the shadows it was the middle of a sunny day. The fire station, built in 1897, is the prominent brick building on the right.

Behind the fire station the single storey Ferry Lane Almshouses are visible, with tall white chimneys. The end wall has an advert for stout and ales. Behind the almshouses Young & Marten Ltd, builders' merchants whose main base was Stratford, London, used premises at 51 & 52 High Street.

The parade of shops on the left include the rectangular three-storey block, numbers 290 to 294 (10 windows on the first and second floors). A little nearer to the photographer, the pawnbroker's sign (three balls) hung outside Rattenbury's, at numbers 288/289.

See details of the properties on the right, including the fire station and properties on the left including Rattenbury's and numbers 290 onwards.