Milton Abbas, Dorset. A postcard in The Times. “English Village” Series (Set 11)

Year – undated

Publisher – Photochrom Co. Ltd., London & Tunbridge Wells.

In 1938, The Times collaborated with the Photochrom Company, Ltd. for the exclusive publication of a selection of its most attractive photographs as postcards. The inclusion of Milton Abbas in Dorset speaks to its unique beauty and as a fine example of a quintessential “English Village”. Others included Lenham in Kent and Stanton in Gloucestershire. These were printed in sepia with a matte surface and hand-finished. Each postcard originally sold for two pence and there were six in each series. Here we see a man with his horse & cart walking down “The Street”. The majestic chestnut trees shading the cottages, seen here in vigorous growth, were cut down in the 1953.

Text and image by John Quinn

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