London Bridge, Torquay, 20 February 1906


To: Miss J.Cox, 30 Victoria St, Stapleton Rd, Bristol

16 Wattsville, Cross Keys

Dear Jess

Thanks very much for nice P.C. I had a letter from Nance last week saying that they all had had colds but I hope they are better by this time. We are having awful weather up here at present, bitterly cold. glad to say all are well at home. hoping this will will [sic] you all well. (Fred)


Torbay Road, Torquay, 6 September 1918

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To: Miss G. J. Hunt, 5 Lancaster Rd, Brighton, Sussex

“Cotteswold”, Devons Rd, Babbacombe


Thanks for the p.c. We hope to be home to about tea time tomorrow. Don’t wait tea. Shall live at 152 for the two days. Of course we shall run in & out but don’t want Auntie to move as the front room at P.R. is vacant. Love to all from both. Mabs

Vane Hill from the West. Torquay. 30 May 1912

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To: Mr J.Gillard, Mount Pleasant, Newton St Cyres, Nr Exeter

Walnut Rd. Torquay.

Dear Father and mother We have got to Torquay and we are having a splendid holiday and we are just going to Paignton with Aunt and then we are going to tea at Ellacombe and then to Maidenhead by bus and then walk through Stoke to Coombe. Dear Father I hope you won’t mind, but they want us to stop until Monday so I hope to see you tea time.

We will leave early on Monday so that we will go and see Alf and Jack before we see you.

All send love

Outer Harbour, Torquay, Devon, 17 April 1970

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To: Mrs Violet Bridgewater, Ward 2, St.Luke’s Hospital, Cale Street, London S.W.3

307. Torquay Road, Paignton, Devon

17th April. 1970

Dearest Vi

I am back in Paignton after my visit to Teignmouth. I am spring cleaning after a chimney sweep left a film of black soot in my sittingroom. Now am going to see, on the Newman’s Television the “splash-down” of the men who tried to get to the moon. I hope they get back safely!

Much love Babs

[Apollo 11 landed the first men on the Moon on July 20 1969, closely followed by a second crew aboard Apollo 12 in November 1969.  Flushed with success, James Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise launched in Apollo 13 on 11 April 1970. Two days later the space flight was crippled by an explosion and fire in an oxygen tank. The crew continued their flight to the Moon, swinging around the Moon and using its gravity to send them back to Earth. They splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on 17 April. The crew were in good condition, apart from Fred Haise who had a painful urinary tract infection. I watched every minute when I wasn’t in school!]