Church Street and mirror writing

This postcard is one of half a dozen which once hung in the Drummer Boy pub. This one actually shows that pub under its earlier name of the New Inn

Church Street, Market Lavington in about 1912

Church Street, Market Lavington in about 1912

It is a delightful card. The main building – white painted and with decorative barge boards, is 21 Church Street. Other photos don’t show the trained tree on the end wall, but often tell us that this was the premises of Hopkins who were builders and merchants. We suspect that they occupied the premises then. They appear to have a good stock of chimney pots standing outside.

 

21 Church Street and the New Inn - now the Drummer Boy

21 Church Street and the New Inn – now the Drummer Boy

The building on the extreme left was built by the Hopkins family in 1884. It stands on the site of a former property once used as the village workhouse.

This dwelling was built in 1884 on the site of a former, small workhouse

This dwelling was built in 1884 on the site of a former, small workhouse

Both houses and the New Inn still stand and, apart from decorative changes still look much the same.

Now the message on this card is of interest as well.

The back of the card

The back of the card

It may not have a lot to do with Market Lavington for it was posted in Cambridge in 1912. What makes this interesting is that the sender has written it in mirror writing.

 

The message is in mirror writing

The message is in mirror writing

These days we can flip it digitally – and what with handwriting and fading it still isn’t easy to read!

Digitally turned around!

Digitally turned around!

But it doesn’t seem to be any top secret message – rather it’s an apology for being unable to get a better postcard.

We, of course, think they got a perfect one!

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