Conductors baton, Wootton Brass Band 1903

We have been fortunate in being given permission by Martin Sparks who owns the baton to display pictures of the conductors baton presented to the then bandmaster Mr Coffen in 1903.

A picture of the brass band in 1900 can be found on the main web site in Galleries, under Old Wootton.

.Pictute of the village bandmaster baton 1903 Baton in display case.

Inscription on conductors baton Inscription on conductors baton.

Tip of conductors baton Silver tip of baton


Displaced Persons Camp Wootton 1948.

Shown below is a picture of a group of people sat on the steps of one of the buildings that formed part of the “camp”. I have never been able to find out any details about the camp other than people from Eastern Europe were billited there after the Second World War around 1948.This picture was supplied by Mr Harrison who’s grandfather and grandmother are shown in the picture [front and second row, centre]. I am told that during the war the building/s were used by the air raid warden and civil defence.

Displaced person camp Wootton 1948

Below is a picture of the area today, bungalows have been built and the cul-de-sac named Kennedy Close after the local village doctor of many years, Dr Kennedy.

Kennedy Close

Old Dixon Postcards [Part 4]

Continuing with the presentation of 60 year old dixon postcards.

Sligachan Hotel & River Sligachan,Isle of Skye.  Sligachan Hotel & River Sligachan, Isle of Skye.

The ferry & Castle Moil, Kyleanin, Isle of Skye.  The ferry & Castle Moil, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye.

Torgyle Bridge, Glen Moriston, Inverness-Shire  Torgyle Bridge, Glen Moriston, Inverness-shire.

Loch Luichart, Ross-shire  Loch Luichart, Ross-shire.

Dornie Village & bridge, Wester Ross  Dornie Village & Bridge, Wester Ross.



Ballachulish ferry, looking over Loch Leven  Ballachulish ferry looking  over Loch Leven.

Sound of Sleat, Isle of Skye The sound of Sleat from Duisdale, Isle of Skye.

Old Dixon postcards [Part 3]

Contiuing with the presentation of 60 year old Dixon postcards of Scottish views.

The steamerr Claymore at Castlebay, Isle of Barra The “Claymore” at Castlebay, isle of Barra.

Balemartine,Isle of Tiree  Balemartine, Isle of Tiree

.The Cuuillins & Loch Scavaig from Elgol, Isle of Skye.  The Cuillins & Loch Scavaig from Elgol, Isle of Skye

Loch Ness, Inverness-shire  Loch Ness, Inverness-shire.

The Five Sisters of Kintail & loch Duich, Wester Ross.  The five Sisters of Kintail & Loch Duich, Westr Ross.

Loch Melfort, Argyll.  Loch Melfort, Argyll.

Strome Ferry, Loch Carron, Inverness-shire  Strome Ferry, Loch Carron, Inverness-shire

Old Dixon Postcards [Part 2]

These are a continuation of the presentation of 60 year old Dixon postcards from part 1.

Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Wester Ross Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich Wester Ross.

Isle of Skye Looking over the sea to Isle of Skye.

Loch Lomond & Ben Lomond Loch Lomond & Ben Lomond from Luss, Dunbartonshire.

Blaven from Torrin, near Broadford, Isle of Skye Blaven from Torrin, Near Broadford, Isle of Skye.

Elgol & Loch Scavaig, isle of Skye Elgol & Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye.

Ben Nevis from Banavie, near Fort William. Ben Nevis, from Banavie, Near Fort Willliam.

Glen Shiel, Ross-shire. Glen Shiel, Ross-shire



Old Dixon postcards [Part 1]

We have been bequeath from Scotland some 60 year old postcards that were printed on the island by the Dixon group. In line with the bequest, and the fact that these were produced on the island we have decided to add these to the website and they will be added in six groups

Sound of Mull, from Loch Aline, Morven Scotland     Sound of Mull from Loch Aline, Morven.

Sunset over Rum and Eigg, from Arisaig, Inverness-shire    Sunset over Rum & Eigg taken from Arisaig Inverness-shire.

Sound of Mull from Loch Aline, Marven.

Loch Shiel & the monument to the 45 Rebellion        Loch Shiel & monument to 45 Rebellion.

Loch Morar & Morar Church, near Mallaig, Inverness -Shire  Loch Morar & Morar church, near Mallaig, Inverness-shire.

Islands of Rum & Eigg from Ardtoe Argyll -shire  Islands of Rum & Eigg from Ardtoe near Acharacle, Argyll-shire

Castle Tioram and Loch Moidart, Argyll-shiret  Castle Tioram, Inverness-shire & loch Moidart Argyll-shire

Gruinard Bay from the top of Gruinard Hill, Western Ross  Gruinard bay, looking to An Teallach 3474 feet high.




Paddle steamer approaching Ryde Pier Head.


Paddle steamer approaching Ryde pier c 1925

This pictures shows a paddle steamer approaching the pier head, I date it around 1925, the crane on the right was made in 1923 and the boat has an open bridge. Other boats of the period can be sent in the background. For the period it looks impressive.

Three different postcards of the Bullring area in Brading.

Brading Bull Ring c 1910                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Approaching the Bullring from Sandown, the postcard is dated 1910 and shows the location of the bullring, the other postcards are of a similar age.

Brading Bullring c 1910

This photograph has moved nearer to the church in the background which can be seen in both pictures.and a gives a clearer picture view of the bullring location

Brading Bullring c1920










Looking up Brading High Street and shows the bullring