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Postcard of The Vicarage

The old vicarage, High Street - now an integral part of Rawlins Community College.

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 17th October 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. I am afraid you think me lost have been so busy lately, am now having a few days holiday - We are all well & hope you all are - I am going to Leicester today shopping. Am going to a Whist Drive next Wednesday and have an invitation to another the following Wednesday. Will & Sissie are going to London tomorrow, so I shall have a day at business but we close at 1 o/c for the half day. Jack and S are getting on well at school but they get no spare time. S has joined the hockey club & J the football. So what with sports and home lessons they are full up, but Jack must write you some wet evening when they can't play. The weather is glorious now is it not? Fond love to all SFS [Susannah Shuttlewood]
Will write a letter soon.

Susannah and William moved to Quorn from Cheshire in the summer of 1905, although they originally came from Devon. Jack was the middle child and was about 8 years old in 1905, Sarah (S in the postcard) was about10. It sounds as if one of Susannah's other sisters was living with them at this time.

The vicarage was built in 1837 and in the 1900's was a large prestigious house, occupied by the Reverend Edward Foord-Kelcey. Today it is part of Rawlins Community College and Quorn Vicarage is a far more modest residence.

 Submitted on: 2009-07-30
 Updated on: 2011-04-30
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 432
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