Postcard #3: The Mountain Which I Climbed Y’day

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“On the left is the foot of the mountain which I climbed y’day 3,500 feet above sea level.”


“George Hotel Penrith

Having lovely weather and I am feeling ever so much better in health. Are you keeping well. I don’t want you to get done up by staying at the works all day long. However I will be home on Tuesday & be able to make things easier for you. Can you manage if I don’t return until Tuesday afternoon[?]. EYP”

“The train from here does not get in to S’land until after dinner.”


Can that postmark really be Penrith 9pm 11th September 1915?

So Fred Crosby – possibly Martin’s father, worked in a tough job at the Works. Joblings the glass works was right across the road (where B&Q is now). Maybe he worked there? ‘Works’ is what it would have been called. ‘Yard’ would be a shipyard. So, not Pickersgills.




3 thoughts on “Postcard #3: The Mountain Which I Climbed Y’day

  1. Fred is James Frederick Crosby, Martin’s father. According to the 1911 census he was a foreman for a paint manufacturer – perhaps the fumes were getting to him. He was known in the family as Fred to distinguish him from his father, also James. The concern and tender tones suggest a female relative; not his wife (Ann), nor a daughter or daughter-in-law (none of his children were married in 1915), but perhaps his oldest sister Elizabeth Dolan or her daughter (also Elizabeth) – the last letter of her signature could be a D rather than a P – compare it with the tailed D in “Durham”

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