august 25th 1911 frances jane hunter to sarah kate morris

ilsington, devon to southsea, hampshire

151 miles

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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

FH”

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.

the trees

Hunter

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Morris

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the places

Ilsington, Devon to Southsea, Hampshire

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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?