The rocky road to somewhere

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Where: England, East Sussex, UK

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When: Unknown

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Boxhill/Christ Church is the location and clearly in the UK so when did the Dillon's go there and what was the attraction. It looks like an ancient place, a typical English village or town. What does it look like now?

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: Between 1860 - 1930

NLI Ref: CLON1406

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 07:45:59

    It's Rye in Sussex, UK. Flip required. goo.gl/maps/AWooRFrGbd4yqkK96

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 07:49:20

    A literary connection - Henry James wrote novels in the garden at left/right. See plaque on googlesphere link above. Edit - I wonder if they met Henry James - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_James#Late_years,_1898%E2%80%...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Oct/2021 07:52:49

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Your wish is my command - flipped.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 07:58:21

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Thank you - that is much better when you are also upside-down!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Oct/2021 08:02:04

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia ha ha.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Oct/2021 08:07:18

    How can it be the 1st October already?

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Oct/2021 08:08:14

    This would appear to be the church that they have mistakenly tagged it as: goo.gl/maps/vqNSUkYiafjoA3nu5. The village is full of similarly picturesque dwellings.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Oct/2021 08:08:56

    Previously on DillonVision: Betsey is a stick in the mud We guessed that one was 1890s based on newspaper reports of the ship, but there are others geographically nearby with actual dates: CLON 1386 is May 1916.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 08:12:23

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In January 2018 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/jez22/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jez22/24785980537/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Oct/2021 08:28:53

    Nearby in the catalogue, CLON1404 along with 03 and 05 are September 1912 (warning: image of a deceased Uncle Ned.)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Oct/2021 09:54:10

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Niall are you happy to go with 1912 for this one?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 12:02:02

    CLON1410 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000523325 - is also in Rye, the Ypres Tower - goo.gl/maps/Eyoe69vxJXz2sd1u8 . The lady's hat and frock look a little earlier than 1912. Could well be wrong.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 12:37:06

    CLON1409 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000523323 - is a wonderful photo (worth a page on its own). Looks like a fashionable French seaside town, fancy lamps, children in sailor tops, and "RIPLEY H[otel}" just to the left of a leering boulevardier. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet/] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] will know where it is ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Oct/2021 13:02:27

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] No, I am not betting on 1912. The Clonbrock photos are often in groups from the same trip, but the groups are not in chronological order. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I think 1409 is likely nearby, Bexhill prom maybe. Similar architecture in Bexhill on Streetview EDIT: I think that may well be the correct street, there used to be a matching tower at the other end per the OS 25" map

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Oct/2021 13:10:58

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Yeah, I thought Bexhill too - the building behind looks like this one in streetview.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Oct/2021 13:14:03

    Here's a close up of Ripley House from Bexhill Museum on twitter.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Oct/2021 13:20:07

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] There's a directory for Bexhill available here, so Ripley House would be about the 8th house from the right - about where the break between the old white painted houses, and the modern Glyne Hall begins.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 13:32:57

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] Thank you! CLON1409 looks way too fashionable for dowdy old Bexhill-on-sea. Who'd have thunk it?! Edit - Large size from that twitter link - pbs.twimg.com/media/Eb6SfkXXkAUkzXe?format=jpg&name=l...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Oct/2021 13:40:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] There are at least another two photos there - CLON1379 and CLON1380.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Oct/2021 15:09:26

    CLON 1381 includes a familiar looking electric light - might have arrived along with the electric trams in 1906?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Oct/2021 21:20:48

    The Bexhill photos look like they are taken with a 'hidden' camera at hip height. No-one is posing or looking at the lens. Similar to those Clarke candid shots in the NLI catalogue.

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    cargeofg

    • 02/Oct/2021 08:19:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Building and stack most likely have a Grade 2 listing with English Heritage and owners are obliged to maintain the outward appearance of the building and leave it unchanged.