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Celebrating Queen Victoria's Jubilee 1897. Despite the crude and rickety archway, the spirit of pride and loyalty to Her Majesty is strongly indicated among these humble folk. Note the steam engine chimney dominating the skyline. Celebrating Queen Victoria's Jubilee 1897
Another picture of the Jubilee celebrations in 1897. Mrs Charlotte Payne is 4th in on the right facing (large lady with apron) possibly her daughter Charlotte at her side. Photo from Helen Doble

This street is little changed from 1900 when this photo was taken. The word 'Mill' refers to the extensive spinning and weaving mill behind the buildings of Shadrach Dairy Farm on the right. The mill manager's house is at the far end of the street beyond the corrugated iron roof.

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Shadrach Dairy Farm in 1900



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The first cottage on the left, shows no signs in 1930 of what is about to happen - the conversion to a Post Office, replacing that on the main street.
Cottage in 1930 before it was made into the new Post Office
Milk ladled from a churn and fresh from the cow was the norm in the 1920's. Here, Minnie Thorner accepts her daily pinta in a jug.
Milk from the churn C. 1920
The Old Mill House with a 'No Smoking' sign, the adjacent buildings, these being the main office and workshop of Cheney's garage with a single petrol pump. The old spinning mill behind had a bell on the roof which tolled daily at 6:30 a.m., the building itself converted from a spinning and weaving mill to a car workshop. The area is rich in Burton history. The Old Mill House
The Hawkins of Shadrach Dairy Farm, a well known local family, ran a large herd and delivered milk daily. Here, Bill Stevenson is on his daily round for Edgar Hawkins. C. 1930 Bill Stevenson on his milk round C. 1930
Mill Street C. 1935 visted by the 'Travelling Shop' - the 'SIXPENNY HALFPENNY BAZAAR'. Identify as many objects as you can! The idea was taken up by Messrs. Woolworth in its 3d and 6d shops. Note how housewives mostly wore the obligatory cotton 'overall' in the '30's. Travlling shop C. 1935
Taken around 1940, this shot shows only modest changes - signs, wires and cables, and a bike outside what was to eventually become the Post Office.
Potential Post Office C. 1940
A better view of the orchard wall, recently torn down by builders to gain access for new houses. Luckily, the order was to preserve the wall at all costs.
Orchard wall
This shot shows the Post Office in its orginal position.
Original Post Office
Mill Street
Mill Street
And this is where the milk round began - a scene almost the same today in Hawkin's yard, with the church tower, Mill Terrace and Old Mill House in background. Shadrach Dairy Farm
Mill Street C. 1940 Mill Street C. 1940
This quiet scene shows the Mill Street/High Street junction around 1935. Manor Farm is beyond the distant wall. The wall on the left enclosed Shadrach Dairy Farm orchard. Mill Street/High Street junction C. 1935
A good view of the cottage (first on left) before it was converted to a Post Office in 1958. Cottage destined to be the new Post Office
Mill Street Cottages Mill Street cottages
In the village canteen at Burton Bradstock (Three Horseshoes), gunner Weightman of the Royal Artillary hands home made cakes to Corporal James Flower of Walpole, Massachusetts, Private Roy St. Jean of Springfield in the same state, and Corporal Allan Decker of Chicago. US Army & Royal Artillary in Three Horseshoes
Mill Street as you might see it today Mill Street as you might see it today
The Three Horseshoes as you might see it today Three Horshoes as you might see it today
The Post Office as you might see it today Post Office today

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