Sunday, June 1, 2008
Post Office Corner
This is my latest miniature. It is taken from a photograph of what is known as Post Office Corner, Flamborough Village. Can you imagine a double-decker bus coming out of that narrow street and turning the corner to stop just past where the man is standing?!!! But it did, several times a day. And I rode it to and from school every day. It lurched and swayed its way around the corner and several others in the high street. The top of the bus was as high as the upstairs windows of the houses. The post office is actually the shop where the horses head is and the other shop at the bus stop is a newsagents. It carries newspapers, magazines a few books and trinkets, various kinds of soft drinks and of course, sweets (candies). I think it is called "The Tuck Shop" today. The photo from which I copied this was taken about the 1920's, but the shops haven't changed. The field where the horses are is now a small park or green area, with flowers. The shops were made from the white chalk limestone of the area. These horses are the large cart horses the farmers used, something like a Belgian horse -- a work horse. Very heavy and sturdy.