august 25th 1911 frances jane hunter to sarah kate morris

ilsington, devon to southsea, hampshire

151 miles


the message

“We drove here last year when we were at Widecombe. We are having a lovely time. It’s much colder here than it was at Southsea. We had some rain yesterday but it’s lovely today. I hope you are well.

With love


the sender

Frances Jane Hunter (1868-1934) was the daughter of John James Hunter (1835-1873) and Mary Matilda Marshall (1837-1912). John was a seaman and a greengrocer. After his death, Mary also worked as a greengrocer.

Frances did not marry. She worked as a domestic servant and eventually she became a domestic nurse. In 1911 when this card was sent she was working for Henry Lowe Holder, a retired Rear Admiral.

the recipient

Sarah Kate Morris (1871-1952) was the daughter of George Morris (1839-1906) and Ruth Glazier (1835-1884). George was a brickmaker.

Sarah did not marry. She was a domestic service and eventually became a cook. When the card was sent she was also in the employment of Henry Lowe Holder.

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the places

Ilsington, Devon to Southsea, Hampshire


Ilsington, Devon


Southsea, Hampshire


Manaton, Devon


what the card says to us

The picture shows a view of The Avenue in Manaton, Devon. Manaton is about 5 miles from Ilsington where the card was posted.

The card is an unremarkable holiday postcode containing a weather report.

There is a reference to a previous visit to Widecombe. Does this refer to a personal holiday or perhaps part of the household went away leaving some members, like the cook, behind?