Thomas Hardy’s Early Career

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, influenced both in his novels and in his poetry

Today marks ninety years since the death of Thomas Hardy, famed English novelist of the Victorian era.

His famous works include Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895).

However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.

St Pancras Railway Station London Victorian Era the year it opened 1868

In 1868

One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.

The Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church, growing up between gravestones moved there while Thomas Hardy was working here. London Victorian Era.

Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.

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On this day: a Wintry Day in Cheshire

This is the Hartford & Greenbank railway station in Cheshire in England, photographed on a snowy, wintry day: the 28th of December, 1962. This was during the United Kingdom’s infamous winter of 1962-63.

The station, renamed simply Greenbank in 1973 to avoid confusion with another place, opened in 1870 as part of the West Cheshire Railway. It still serves the village of Hartford.

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A Wartime Christmas

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Mrs Devereux and her twelve-year-old daughter Jean at their home in Pinner, Middlesex, England in December of 1944.

The Christmas tree was a present from Mr Devereux, who was serving overseas in the war, and was organised through a YMCA initiative.

More photographs of the family’s Christmas can be found HERE.

Wartime Christmas, 1944.

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Christmas in London in 1944, the last Christmas of the Second World War. The caption for the image reads:

At the Canning Town settlement, Derek Cunningham receives a Christmas card and savings stamp. In addition, he is holding a paper bag containing a new toy and some sweets, donated as Christmas gifts by America through the British War Relief Society.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Christmas in 1910

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This photograph is of the High Street in Sutton, Greater London during “Xmas Show Week” in 1910.

The High Street had only been developed at the beginning of the 1900s, as the town’s population grew through the Edwardian era.

On this day: the death of a war photographer

Ralph Morse, an American photographer for Life magazine, and war correspondent in Britain in the 1940s, died in Florida on the 7th of December, 2014 at the age of ninety-seven.

American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, London, 1944. Photograph By Ralph Morse.

Amongst his popular photographs were those of American soldiers stationed in England during the Second World War alongside their local girlfriends. The image above was taken in London’s Hyde Park in 1944 in the buildup to D-Day. Interestingly, the American soldier is clearly wearing a wedding ring on his left hand.