Sunday, 4 November 2012

H.P. Bulmer & Co Ltd. Old Postcards

A selection of old H.P.Bulmers Ltd postcards pre 1950s. The postcards are part of a set of 12  printed by "Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd" and show some great old scenes from the company's past.
As you can see we have 10 of the set of 12 here but if anyone could help with the other 3, please feel free to contact us at ;

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Many Thanks Kelvin Skyrme for finding top pic " cask filling room "

Friday, 13 July 2012

Queen Elizabeth ll in Hereford 1957

With the Queens resent visit to Hereford, thought it would be great to post this old pic from "The Hereford Times" when Queen Elizabeth visited the city on the 24th April 1957.The picture taken in Broad Street shows some of the thousands that turned out to greet the Queen on the day.

For pics of the Queens visit on the 11th July 2012, visit this great Facebook page for pics and info from the day.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The May Fair Hereford.

St Ethelbert’s Fair, now more commonly known as Hereford May Fair, has its origins many years ago. Ethelbert himself has links with Hereford going back to the late 8th century.

The Fair, which has changed dramatically over the years, continues to be held on the first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of May in the city centre streets of Hereford.

Up and until 1838 the right to hold the fair was apparently solely vested in the Lord Bishop of Hereford, when it was known as the Nine Days Fair. In 1838 a local Act of Parliament transferred the rights to the local council and reduced its duration, as the council felt it would greatly enhance and improve the morals of the inhabitants.
Although he lost the right to sanction the Fair, the Lord Bishop was entitled to 12½ bushels of wheat (or the equivalent in monetary terms) each year as compensation. This payment was stopped in 1971, but the modern Fair is still opened with the weighing of the wheat.
Thousands of people visit the fair every year from the surrounding areas.The fair these days is a mixture of fast moving white knuckle rides,children's roundabouts,rifle ranges slot machine arcades and many fast food vendors.

These days the fair is usually opened by the Mayor with the ceremonial presentation of wheat to the Lord Bishop on the Cathedral Close.

Broad Street.
King Street.
pic; Walter Pritchard.
Commercial Road

Many Thanks; Mary Jo Penford,Sally Stamford,Phil Watts and the Unknown Photographer.

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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Butter Market Hereford

The first markets on the current site were held for the October Fair in 1810.In those days the market would have sold a variety of goods including butcher's meats, poultry, fish,vegetables,butters and all the items usually sold in a market in those days.
The current market was opened in 1860 with it's iron and glass roof which still remains today but unfortunately out of site at this present time.
The market suffered a fire in 1922.
It was reopened in 1925 and the interior was reconstructed and may have had much same lay out we see it today.
The suspended ceiling was added some time in the 1980's and has not always met with the approval of Herefordian's.The market is due for refurbishment again in 2012 and it would be good if some of the original features were to be seen again.

Many Thanks;Pual Tennant and Keith Taylor for the pics.

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