Thursday, 30 October 2014

Illustrated Guide To Torquay (1930-1931)

A few Fridays ago I decided to take a quick walk around Totnes before lunch. It was busy but not heaving so I had a very pleasant walk up one side of Fore street and back down the other. The shops are varied and interesting and I was able to simply amble about, popping into whatever shop took my fancy, but determined not to spend very much or bring home more 'house things' before we move.

I certainly achieved my spending goal starting out with just £5 cash in my pocket. I bought a little red book about Torquay from a shop selling all sorts of items.



The book looked old and had folded maps inside of Torquay, Paignton, Dartmouth and South Devon. Combined with wonderful old advertisements and information and photographs of Brixham, I though it looked different.


When I got home I sat down with Hubby and showed him my 'big spend' I'm sure there was a sigh of relief that I managed to come home from Totnes without using the credit card!

I was fascinated with this little red book, it contained far more interesting information than I first thought.

Better look it up on the Internet then and see what I've got!



What a huge surprise, it's a 1930-31 Ward Lock & Co guide book with a 1920's cover (which changed design in 1931). I obtained all the information from this website http://www.wardlockredguides.co.uk/ Many Thanks guys.

So here it is....
Look at the Torquay hotel tariffs!


"little difficulty will be experienced in finding cover and attention for the car"


I laughed out loud at the cautionary notes "townsmen unaccustomed to the open"


Just look at the number of spaces for motor parking


"Torquay is frightfully hot in the summer"


Meadfoot Beach

I loved reading about the different types of bath available, and then was quite worried about 'electric baths'


Tor Abbey

Babbacombe Beach (where I have sat with friends and family and enjoyed a cup of tea)

Paignton with a population of 15,000



The Paignton Pudding


Water polo and speciality 'plank riding' for entertainment in Paignton


Paignton Promenade





Goodrington looking quite different now

....and Elberry Cove looking exactly the same


...then on to Brixham







Sharkham Point with Berry Head in the distance

And finally

The amazing old adverts














And some quite sad adverts

Slumland!

In case you need something to read

I hope you have enjoyed this quick look through some of the pages of the Ward Lock & Co Guide with me.  I know it's a little different to my usual posts but it was way too good to ignore and I hope this has brought back some good memories.

All text and images belong to this guide. I have included the name of the photographer in each image. 
There is no copyright in the guide (I have spoken with Phillips Publishers who have advised that this book will be out of Copyright now). I have therefore displayed the pages as they appear in the book to provide information and share the history of Torbay in the 1930s.

Hello and welcome to some new followers and new visitors leaving comments on the posts, many thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the blog. I hope you come back again.

Until next time
SeagullSuzie

24 comments:

  1. What a fantastic find! Can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading this post. I loved every page of this wonderful book. Thanks so much!

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    1. Many thanks Denise, I was delighted to find this and so glad I bought it. Just imagine having one of these all those years ago when planning your holidays!

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  2. What a lovely book. I like those adverts best - such a snapshot in time.

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    1. Thank you Em, it really was fun looking through it and finding all sorts of quirky things.

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  3. A really great post and what a superb find :) Thanks so much for sharing and taking the time to take all the photos - I really enjoyed being able to read parts of the book :) As Em says what a snapshot in time :)

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    1. Many thanks, I had to take the book outside and put it on a white sheet to get the light right!!! I just loved the language and expressions like "frightfully hot" and "plank riding"...so amusing.

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  4. What a fascinating book. It really is a journey back in time isn't it. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, it was so much fun to go through, a real look at life pre-war especially for women.

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  5. Smashing little book, what a lovely find.

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    1. Thanks CT, I never knew anything about these until I looked it up on the internet, what a contrast looking up a 1930s book on the internet.

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  6. Those book really are fascinating, there were about 6 of these recently down in our charity book shop and I must admit I was very tempted to buy one or two as they did look so interesting, seeing your post now, I regret not buying one......next time though!

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    1. Oh I would have bought them and am now on the lookout for more, especially of places I have lived, although I don't want to start a collection.

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  7. You found something of value and sounds like a priceless book! I love that you shared so much. I especially enjoyed the old advertisements, but within all the pages, something extraordinary.

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    1. Thank you Anni, it was a perfect find and until I got it home I had never heard of them.

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  8. I have a few of these too - Dartmoor and the New Forest being my favourites. A time gone by, sadly. Like you, the thought of "electric baths" sounds a little worrying . . . A bit like when our water supply (a spring feeding a well) started coming out of the tap electrified and it was truly shocking to touch the fridge hinge - turns out there had never been a proper earth to the suupplies to the farm next door . . . Since remedied!

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    1. How lovely, I'm definitely going to get a few more if I see them.

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  9. I too have a few of these guides. I love the insight of comparing the location between then and now. I have enjoyed so much reading this post. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, for me it was a wonderful find and so interesting to learn about this area that I am still getting to know.

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  10. It seems you have found the first 'Trip Advisor'!! I love reading these books and seeing how different prices and ways of living were. What a great find!

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    1. You are so right...just like Trip Advisor, the Bradshaws Guide, or A Rough Guide to...I wonder will people find the Rough Guides in 100 years and be so delighted.

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  11. Certainly an interesting looking book, indeed through these small snippets I have learnt a little about a place which I am afraid to say I knew very little about previously. I have a few similar books which belonged to my grandparents about various parts of the British Isles too.

    Hope you are well and kindest regards :-)

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    1. Thank you David. It is a beautiful place, spoilt only by humans (and Torbay Council). However this for me was a wonderful look back at when Torbay must have been at its very best.

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  12. Its a fascinating subject looking at old books like this Suzie. They are generally well written and often much better than today's efforts. Old photos of how things were are especially interesting I think.

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    1. Many thanks Roy. I love the old photos and thankfully these books have preserved a little bit of photographic history that may have been lost.

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