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Postcard of Meeting Street, Quorn

The buildings on the right belonged at this time (early 1900s) to Sanders timber yard and have since been demolished. On the wall (just above the low chimney pot), can be seen a sign for Alma Terrace which was the name of a small row of two up two down cottages that ran at right angles to Meeting Street. These were demolished in the 1960s. On the other side of Sander's yard (to the left in the picture), is what is now 27 Meeting Street and where the Sanders family lived.

The publisher is Bamforth, Holmfirth. The card was posted in 1911. It was sent from Gert, Rose Cottage [Loughborough Rd] and was addressed to Mr A Marriott, 90 Moor Lane, Loughborough.

The hand-written message reads:
My dearest Alf,
thanks for PC received this morning - hasn't it been lovely weather this week. I hope it keeps like it. About Thursday I want to go down the town if I have time and then to Miss Morley. So you can meet me there if you like I shall be earlier this week. I hope to be ready about 7 o/c if you will meet me against Miss Morley's. I have had another bilious attack this week. I am feeling a bit better tonight hope to feel straight by tomorrow. I hope you will be able to read this love Gert.

This is a view of Quorn, looking down Meeting Street from the Quorn Cross end. The blacksmith's forge can be clearly seen on the left and the Blacksmith's pub on the right. The house with the railings on the right still exists (27 Meeting Street), but the other buildings next to it (nearer the Cross), have been demolished.

The earliest parts of 27 Meeting Street were built around 1650 and the house was originally thatched. During most of the 19th century and at the time this photograph was taken, the house was occupied by the Sanders family who were builders, joiners and undertakers. The family emigrated to Canada in 1920.

On the right of the picture on the end of the house can be seen a sign for Alma Terrace. This was a terrace of small cottages that ran at right angles to Meeting Street.

"Gert", who wrote the postcard originally came from Shepshed and was born Eva Gertrude Wright. At this time she was working as a live-in domestic servant to the White family who lived at Rose Cottage on Loughborough Road. This was next to what is now the "Royal Chequers". The cottage was substantial but later demolished. The site was used for a petrol station and now contains three houses. The name of the White's eldest son, Charles Kirbell White can be seen on the war memorial in Quorn.

Gert and Alf got married early in 1912.

At this time postcards were a common form of communication for making arrangements and there is another card from Gert to Alf on this website.


   
 Submitted on: 2009-07-01
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 131
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