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Postcard of High Street, Quorn

This view is of High Street, looking towards Loughborough. The main shop front on the left is a chemist, and is currently (2009) occupied by James Alvey Hairdressing. The White Hart can be seen in the background. On the right there are a row of small cottages which were demolished in the 1960's. A consolation is that there is now a lovely view from High Street up to the church, which is particularly special when it is dark and the flood lights are on.

The photographer was William Shuttlewood who lived in Quorn with his wife and three children for a relatively short period -from about 1905 to about 1909. However he obviously enjoyed photography and Quorn owes him a great debt for the wonderful pictures he took at this time. Many examples of his work can be found in the collection and his full story is told elsewhere on the site. This card was posted on 13th July 1905 and is addressed to Miss Northmore, South Downs, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, Devon. The writer of the card is Susannah Shuttlewood, William's wife, and she is writing to one of her sisters (Nan) who is still at home.

My dearest N.
A PC view of our own house and shop Estella in door on left. I upset myself removing and have been very seedy. Let -- know if you have any poultry (ducks or chicks) and I will send PO for one. We had a couple of ducks last week but the children said they were not as good as Aunty Nan's. Jack wants to come down for his holiday, can you do with this? S wants to come too but I rather fancy she is expected at Swansea on a visit to her cousins.

Susannah and William had just moved to Quorn from Cheshire, although they originally came from Devon. Estella, whose full name was Kathleen Estella, was their youngest child and about 5 years old. Jack was 8 and Sarah was 10. William's brother Percy lived in Swansea, and it was to his family that Sarah (S) was expected to visit.

At this time the sign above the shop seems to say 'Stationer Chemist'. Slightly further up from the shop are two young girls with a baby in a pram/pushchair. Several other children are in the road playing. It is interesting to note that the cottages on the right have shutters on the windows. In the road, on the left, in the foreground is a pile of horse droppings!

 Submitted on: 2009-07-30
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 427
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