Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday's postcard:
The Old Half House

I'm not sure if the The Old Half House still exists, but here's what I know about it.

1. The sign on the left states: "H. Riggs Half Way House, R. Fry & Cos., High Class Mineral Waters"

2. The sign to the right of the gate states: "TEAS"

3. The house was located on Wishing Tree Road in St Leonards-on-Sea, Borough of Hastings, County of East Sussex, England.

4. St Leonards-on-Sea, under the direction of Decimus Burton, came to build such locations as The Cottage, Maze Hill House, The Mount (13 houses), and The Lawn in the mid 19th century, but I find no reference regarding the construction, existence or fame of Old Half House.

5. You can see additional views of Old Half House here and here on Flickr. That first one, especially, shows the wonderful oddness of the land and structure. It must have an amazing story!

This postcard appears to have been mailed in August 1910 from Hastings. It went to Bow, London.

Per my deciphering skills, the note states:
Dear Lily,
We are enjoying ourselves very much. Are having fine weather except for occasional showers. Grandma sends best love & hopes you will all be able to come to Southend with us. Hoping you will enjoy your holiday.
From your loving friend Gladys

Note: This was the 800th Papergreat post with the "Postcards" label.

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