The writing on the back os this photo indicates that it is from the Late 1920s" - A large tree on the Battle Abbey estate which was blown down in last nights gale carrying with it the telephone wires. Estate workmen seen at work clearing the road, the traffic being held up for several hours
The story of this photo taken in 1931 is that my grandad Percy nearly did not get the shots at all because he had to go back home for his false teeth - its a good job he only lived round the corner. He had the photos developed onto red paper to make them look like this - there was no photoshop in those days. The story continues that he was asked by a national newspaper to sell the negatives but he refused.
Battle Bluebirds Concert Party
I know that the gentleman bottom-right is Mr. Jimmy Oliver, but do you know any of the Bluebirds above ?
Battle Town photographed from the Gateway Tower
The Windmill on Caldbec Hill is clearly visible on the horizon
Repairing the Abbey after the fire of 1931
Ornamental garden back to normal after the fire
Among the Gardeners indentified are Charlie and Horace Cockett
They are standing, 2nd. and 3rd from the right of the picture..
Abbey Conservatory & flower beds
With the "Lily Pond" just visible beyond the wall in the background
Abbey Lily pond and Kitchen garden
Photographed through a Refectory window looking South-East
Abbey Green "Car Park" on a busy day
Cobbler Mr "Tine" Curtis of Lower Lake
Skating on the Abbey pond 1931