UK postcards listed alphabetically by town or city name.
Old Edinburgh Postcards
Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since way back in the 15th century and is renowned for educational institutes, especially in the fields of law, literature and medicine. It is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK, probably due to the cultural and historical attractions of the city. The city boasts not only a historic castle fortress but is also home to the Royal Zoological Society Of Scotland Zoo. Home to a varied collection of wildlife and insects (They even have a Panda Cam).
Edinburgh has a busy airport with two runways and one terminal. Flights depart to destinations including Turkey, Spain, Greece, France and more. It was the busiest Scottish airport in 2016 with over 12 million passengers passing through it's terminal.
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Buxton in Derbyshire is well known for the spa water that rises naturally from a geothermal underground spring. The water always rises at 28 °C and is popular with tourists visiting the town, many taking a drink from St Ann's Well. Buxton water is also marketed extensively. The spa water was thought to have healing properties and during Victorian times, the town was very popular.
The town has some great architecture and history. The Old Hall Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in town. Other prominent architecture includes The Crescent (Currently being renovated 2017) and the Opera House, built in 1903. The Opera House is still a popular venue for many big names and attracts great crowds. The Pavilion Gardens is another beautiful aspect to the town and provides a most enjoyable stroll before a show at the Opera House. Buxton Festival is a popular attraction and brings many tourists to the town.
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Being a popular tourist town, many thousands of postcards of Buxton have been produced over many years . Many of these are vintage photographs showing the towns popular attractions through different periods in history. A great town to add to any postcard collection.
Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the North Yorkshire coast. A prominent landmark is Scarborough Castle standing high up on the rocky outcrop that divides the seafront into two bays. The castle is a ruin but still attracts many visitors.
Another great place to visit in Scarborough is Peasholm Park, a public park with an oriental theme. The park opened in 1912 and includes Peasholm Glen tree trail, an artificial boating lake (on which they stage mock battles with model boats) and a putting green.
The tree trail is made up of rare and unusual trees and was funded by the National Lottery Heritage fund.
The seaside resort of Eastbourne is located on the south coast of England 17 miles east of Brighton. The Duke of Devonshire is responsible for the development of the town in 1859 from four small hamlets.
The seafront has many Victorian hotels, a pier and a military museum and tourism provides a large proportion of the town's income.
The infamous suicide spot, Beachy Head lies to the West of the town and is unofficially the 3rd most common suicide location.
The pier, constructed between 1866 and 1872 and was officially opened on June 13th 1870 by Lord Edward Cavendish despite not being finished until two years later. The pier suffered major fire damage in 2014.
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South Durham is home to the market town of Darlington. The town lies on the River Skerne and has a population of 106,000 (2011 census).
Darlington is famous for being a part of the Stockton & Darlington Railway which was the Worlds first passenger railway and existed between 1825 and 1863.
The town's most famous landmark is the clock tower, gifted to the town in 1864 by the industrialist Joseph Pease.
Darlington is twinned with Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany and Amiens in France.
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The royal town and port of Caernarfon lies on the Eastern shore of the Menai Strait in Gwynedd, Wales. Landmarks include the Market Hall which is one of the oldest buildings in the town.
Obviously, the most well known landmark is Caernarfon Castle (The English spelling is Caernarvon). The town is entirely surrounded by the castle's stone walls. The castle was the birthplace of the first Prince of Wales, Edward of Caernarfon who eventually became Edward II of England.
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The village of Backwell has a population of 4,589 and is situated in Somerset. Backwell is 7 miles south west of Bristol. The village has a long history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 as "Bacoile" which translates as "The well back on the hill"
Backwell also has the parish church of St Andrew which dates from the 12th century. The church tower at the West end of the church was added in the 15th century and contains 8 bells. Two of the bells are medieval. There is also an iron age hill fort. The town is in close proximity to Bristol Airport which is just 3 miles from the centre of town.
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Cumbria is where you will find the village of Backbarrow. The village is in the Lake District and lies on the river Leven approximately 5 miles North East of Ulverston. Corn mills were once the prominent trade of the village but were soon to be accompanied by the town's Iron works.
The village is also known for the production of Ultramarine or "Dolly Blue" which actually gave the whole village a blue tint due to the dust from the factory.
The Lakeland Motor Museum is also definitely worth a visit.
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If you are interested in the Industrial history of Ultramarine, here is a good article about the Ultramarine Works
Wikipedia has more information about the town
The village of Abbotsbury is located in the County of Dorset, UK. Abbotsbury is approximately one mile inland from the English Channel coast. In 2011 the population was 481.
Once covered by dense woodland, Abbotsbury was inhabited by nomadic hunter/ gatherer tribesmen who grazed livestock. The village has archeological interest and has been populated by Neolithic man, the Romans, the Saxons and even the Vikings. A more detailed history of Abbotsbury
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Bamforth Postcards are probably the most recognised saucy seaside postcard series ever produced. Their postcard story began in Victorian times with James Bamforth, the son of a Yorkshire painter and decorator. The company was based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
Bamforth originally used his talents to produce painted lantern slides but later moved to photography which proved more successful. By the 1900's the slides had evolved into what we know now as Bamforth postcards. The humorous postcards covered social aspects of life such as sex, drinking, marriage but are always done with innuendo. Bamforth postcards were hand drawn by artists from 1910 which is quite an accomplishment when you look at how many different postcards were produced.
Apparently, the printing works where Bamforth postcards were produced has now been converted into residential apartments.
Holmfirth was also the location used for the long running BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine which ran from 1973 to 2010.
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