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Postcard of the High Street, Quorn

This is looking along High Street to Loughborough Road from the centre of the village. The White Hart is easily recognisable on the left, but the cottages on the right were demolished many years ago. In their place is now the landscaped area also known as 'The Banks'. The cottages were raised from the road and shortly after this photo was taken, railings were put along the footpath which ran by their front doors.

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.

The card was sent on 14th December 1910 from Gert at Rose Cottage [Loughborough Road], to her young man Alf Marriott who lived at 90 Moor Lane, Loughborough.

The message reads:
My dearest Alf,
Thanks for the PC received this morning, do you know this place you can just see Rose Cottage. Hasn't it turned out wet again but I hope it will be fine tomorrow. Will you meet me as arranged. Hoping you are keeping well. Fondest love from your ever loving Gert.

'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 in the collection.

 Submitted on: 2009-07-30
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 430
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=430
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