Postcard portrait of
a group of children outside No 6
South Elgin Street
with acknowledgement to
Johnston, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Children outside 6 South Elgin
Thank you to Neil Johnston for allowing me to
reproduce this postcard portrait of a group of children and a tricycle,
outside 6 South Elgin Street. It includes:
- his dad, Arthur Johnston
- his dad's brother, Alexander Johnston
- his dad's sister, Isa Johnston.
"Based on the ages of my
dad and his brother and sister, I'd guess that this photo was probably
taken around 1930. My dad was born in 1921.
Children in the Photo
"I'll try to
describe who is where on the photo. It's a pity they didn't
think to stand in nice neat rows !
- Second from
left, the first standing boy is
The girl on the end of the
row, beside Arthur, is touching her cheek.
- Three places to the
right of Arthur, as we look at the photo, is
The boy behind has his arms round Alex.
girl beside Alex, on the end of the row, with dark,
curly hair, is Isa
was also an Ella
Johnston, but she is not in the picture."
were Jimmy Johnston and Nell Johnston. They lived in
South Elgin Street from before 1915. Jimmy
was a survivor in the Gretna rail disaster, he is listed as killed in many
reports due to a mix up with his best friend.
Nell actually had a telegram to this effect,
then he turned up."
My Grandparents' Home
"I remember going to
see my grandparents in South Elgin
Street in the late-1960s/early-1970s.
They had just two rooms,
a living room/kitchen
and a bedroom. They had
an inside toilet and a small cupboard
where the kids used to sleep.
They had a hot-water
boiler over the sink at the window, and a
combined oven/fire with a swinging kettle arm.
I have vague memory of metal bath hanging up
There was not
much space even then. I can't imagine what
it would be like with 4 children. At least
South Elgin street had a view over the park and bowling greens.
Play Area and Bowling Green
"I remember a blue
police box next to the play area entrance. It's amazing
that the cobbles are still on the street. Where
the park is now, there were bowling greens up to
I believe that my
had something to do with green-keeping
before he retired."
"My dad said he used
to do wedding photos for people in the area,
from No6. I think it was a community type
service rather than a real business at that time.
married in 1948 and moved away about then for a
spell in Uganda, then
came back to the
Acknowledgement: Neil Johnston,
May 16+17, 2009.
Neil also mentioned that other names that his dad
had added to the back of this photo were:
- B Byeusted
- D Bennet
- Tommy Simpson
- Tom Malcolm
- Don McKinnon
Here is another photograph
of children outside 6 South Elgin Street, also sent to me by Neil
Johnston. This one was taken in the late 1920s: