the Radstock Museum Photo Library blog

A selection of images from Radstock Museum, Somerset. If you have any information about any of these images, period, or names, or location or anything else, or would simply like to comment, we would like to hear from you.

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Many of the images in the Museum's Library are available to purchase as prints - please contact the Museum on 01761 437722

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Mystery Image

This image was taken by F.G.Steggles, a well known local photographer. Everybody is in fancy dress at what appears to be an Empire Day celebration. If you have any idea of the occasion or location, we would be fascinated to know. (Apologies for the poor quality: it has been scanned from a copy).

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Midsomer Norton Floods

We have a few slides of the floods in Midsomer Norton in the 1970s. This one shows the Gateway Supermarket to the left and a pub sign (centre right). If you have any memories of the floods please comment.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Marcroft Wagon Works, Radstock

'A broad view of the sawmill and woodworking shop is given here. In the left foreground Mr Harold Green is seen machining a headstock on the mortising and boring machine.' Photo kindly lent by Mike Vincent from his collection. It was given to him by Wilf White, who also wrote the caption.

'This picture shows the blacksmiths' shop at Marcroft and it is seen here busily engaged in the manufacture and re-conditioning of various items of wagon ironwork including springs.' Marcroft closed in 1988. Again caption by Wilf White, thanks to Mike Vincent for the photo.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Two Images from Wellow

This image was lent to the Museum by Andrew Chappell. The sign at the front suggests that it shows a class from Wellow School, but that is all we know.

Another photo lent by Andrew Chappell, taken in the middle of Wellow. The building to the right is Weaver's Farm, which was originally thatched, the tiles being added around 1910. The water trough in front of the farmhouse (to the right, under streetlamp) was donated by public subscription in honour of Thomas Cole, who was Protector of the Poor for Wellow.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Count MacCormack and the Marcroft Wagon Works

Here are all (or maybe only some of) the workforce of the Marcroft Wagon Works in Radstock circa 1930. We have the names of all the men, but why they are holding a board with 'Count MacCormack' on it is a mystery. A little Googling reveals that Count MacCormack was an Irish tenor who was immensely popular in the middle of the 20th Century, a predecessor of, and mentor to, the great Josef Locke.

Nine Unknown Miners

This photo came into the Museum recently, with no information. Can anyone recognise any of these men, or tell us anything about the picture ?