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  • A series of informative local history talks organised by The Friends of Weymouth Museum and held in nearby Hope United Reform Church.




    1 day ago

    Weymouth Museum

    This a Seward photograph from one of our collection of over 3,000 glass slides of which only 200 have been scanned.
    There is no doubt that this is at Overcombe as the chimneys of the Coastguard Cottages can be seen in the background.
    There is no year in our records but the Avro 504k in the picture would put it at around 1928. Interestingly our catalogue states that the call-sign is "G-EBLA" and there is a record of that plane being forced landed in the sea off on Weymouth 29 May 1928. However, if you look closely at the picture this plane clearly does not have that call-sign!
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    This a Seward photograph from one of our collection of over 3,000 glass slides of which only 200 have been scanned.
There is no doubt that this is at Overcombe as the chimneys of the Coastguard Cottages can be seen in the background.
There is no year in our records but the Avro 504k in the picture would put it at around 1928. Interestingly our catalogue states that the call-sign is G-EBLA and there is a record of that plane being forced landed in the sea off on Weymouth 29 May 1928. However, if you look closely at the picture this plane clearly does not have that call-sign!

     

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    That clears it up nicely. A superb photo

    2 days ago

    Weymouth Museum

    A puzzle for Easter. This postcard of the "New Aerodrome Weymouth" is shown in our catalogue as "possibly Chickerell c1929". Elsewhere on the internet it is described as possibly Overcombe Corner. Can anyone identify the landscape in the picture? ... See MoreSee Less

    A puzzle for Easter. This  postcard of the New Aerodrome Weymouth is shown in our catalogue as possibly Chickerell c1929. Elsewhere on the internet it is described as possibly Overcombe Corner. Can anyone identify the landscape in the picture?

     

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    Looks like Dorchester rd ...just before the corner to go under railway bridge.....where the small tents are pitched is it upwey bank behind them.

    Indeed taken on Preston Rd looking towards Overcombe Corner surely, beach to the right, Ridgeway left-of-centre. 🧐🤔

    4 days ago

    Weymouth Museum

    This is a peaceful scene in Greenhill Gardens around 1910. The gardens were originally privately owned and were laid out by local MP Sir Frederick Johnstone in 1872, before being given to the town as a Coronation gift in 1902.
    “Freddy” was educated at Eton and Oxford and was a close friend of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). He was a playboy and racehorse owner and involved in a number of scandals.
    Local Councillor Thomas Wallis challenged his ownership of the gardens in 1884 but was sued and bankrupted by Johnstone and ended his life in one of Sir Henry Edwards’ almshouses.
    Freddy was also named as co-respondent (along with Edward VII) in the divorce of Sir Charles Mordaunt. Harriet Mordaunt claimed to have had relationships with Freddy, Edward VII and others. All the men involved denied the allegations and, after a 7 day trial, Harriet was found to be insane and committed to mental asylums for the remaining 36 years of her life.
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    This is a peaceful scene in Greenhill Gardens around 1910. The gardens were originally privately owned and were laid out by local MP Sir Frederick Johnstone in 1872, before being given to the town as a Coronation gift in 1902.
“Freddy” was educated at Eton and Oxford and was a close friend of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). He was a playboy and racehorse owner and involved in a number of scandals.
Local Councillor Thomas Wallis challenged his ownership of the gardens in 1884 but was sued and bankrupted by Johnstone and ended his life in one of Sir Henry Edwards’ almshouses.
Freddy was also named as co-respondent (along with Edward VII) in the divorce of Sir Charles Mordaunt.  Harriet Mordaunt claimed to have had relationships with Freddy, Edward VII and others. All the men involved denied the allegations and, after a 7 day trial, Harriet was found to be insane and committed to mental asylums for the remaining 36 years of her life.

     

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    Nice to hear this n see old photo too. Is that her on seat?

    Fascinating back story to this image. Thank you. 😁

    Fascinating story, behind every picture....😪

    Amazing what money can do to prevent a scandal. Poor woman.

    How sad, poor Harriet. She was probably telling the truth.

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