Postcards of towns and cities whose name begins with the letter B

Buxton Postcards

Old Buxton Postcards

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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Old Buxton Postcards

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.

 

Backwell Postcards

Backwell Postcards

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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Backbarrow Postcards

Backbarrow Postcards

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

Bamforth Postcards

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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