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c. 1900 - looking West to the clock and the Mayo statue
c.1900 - the same view looking West but from a little further back and alongside the Globe Hotel. Now we can see the facade of the bank building at right, now Barclays Bank.
The previous picture is the view as if we were standing on the 'V' of the modern day white lines. (Imagery date 2009)
However, allowing for the narrow angle of view of his lens, the photographer would need to be further back, probably standing on the white line close to here.
The scene today (imagery date 04/2010, 5 months after the flooding) from the same location as Wrench's photograph. Barclays Bank obscured by the blue scaffolding.
80% of businesses in Cockermouth were affected by the flooding
With few exceptions almost all the shops on both sides of the street, and as far back as the bridge behind us, were still empty when this was taken.
In the distance, parked in the centre of the road, can be seen the white vans of the many building contractors engaged in renovating the shops.
About the floods: http://www.cockermouth.org.uk/floods2009.html
The community: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-22772151
The statistics: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/61906/Transport-CumbriaFloods2009.pdf
“After the storm had passed and water had gone, the sun came out and
sadness floated away.
After the years of hard work and sunshine Cockermouth was a town again.”
view from All Saints Church Spire ~ photograph by J.T.Robinson
(the clock at the Station Street & Main Street junction is circled)
The Harris Mill Chimney is seen across the river from which the next photograph was taken by J. T. Robinson.
the reverse view as from the All Saints Church spire, seen centre of the photograph
The message on the reverse reads: "The young fellow who took this photo used to work at the shop. Shall think of you while behind the counter. Fred"
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The remarkably low number on the registration plate of the car (AO 22) tells us this was taken soon after registrations began in 1904.
"The Motor Car Act 1903 came into force on 1 January 1904 requiring all motor vehicles to be entered on an official vehicle register and to carry number plates."
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c.1920 - possibly a few years earlier, indicated by the car registration AO 5847.
"The first series of number plates was issued in 1903 and ran until 1932, consisting of a one- or two-letter code followed by a sequence number from 1 to 9999.
The code indicated the local authority in whose area the vehicle was registered. In England and Wales, these were initially allocated in order of population size in the 1901 census."
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c.1920 (an Abrahams' photograph as yet not in my colleciton)
Comparing this with the next photograph suggests that the clock was removed at some time in the 1920's, although, as yet, I've been unable to determine exactly when.
c.1930 - by now the magnificent clock is no longer to be seen (an Abrahams' photo )
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The Main Street/Station Street junction today. We see that 80 years later the chemist's shop is still a chemist's shop. (Imagery date 2009.)
Abraham's used a whole plate camera and both photographs (above) are taken at roof level out above middle of the pavement. So how were they taken? From a ladder, perhaps?
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Rubby Banks c.1930 : looking south : the houses alongside the River Cocker with the Lorton Street (B5292) bridge and beyond that the railway bridge
a rare and unique view : date unknown : card sold on ebay for £23.58
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(Note that the copyright status of many of these photographs is unknown other than that of the Abrahams' photographs for which copyright is jealously guarded by the Abrahams' estate.)
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