We are fortunate that several early twentieth century photographers took photographs of our village. Robert H Clarke from Royston and Bell’s Photo Company of Westcliff-on-Sea are two such companies and on this page, I have attempted to catalogue and date the Meldreth postcards produced by Bell’s.
Bell’s took photographs not only of the Church and the village’s quaint thatched cottages, but also of the school, the railway station and the newly built council houses, so creating an invaluable picture of the village.
Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to find a catalogue of Bell’s postcards.
Each of their postcards of Meldreth has a six digit number, starting with “1023..”. So far, we have identified a sequence of 71 numbers and from that sequence, have found and scanned all but three of the postcards (numbers 102330, 102383 and 102391). We would be particularly grateful to receive scans of any of these.
The images below are shown in numerical order of reference number. Where evidence of the date of the postcard exists, this has been noted below each photograph’s caption. All the evidence so far points to all of these photographs having been taken in the 1920s.
How you can help
Please add a comment to the bottom of this page or email us if you can help with the following:
- If you know of a catalogue of Bell’s postcards
- If you can date any of these images
- If you are a postcard collector and have additional images of Meldreth, we would be very grateful for copies of those.
- If you own any Bell’s postcards that have been postally used, then it would be a great help to us to know the date of posting.