Old news, just in

I have been waiting for a local historian to provide some background to Purgatory and it has arrived. Not a lot, and some that I knew already, apparently she is doing more research but she cannot give a date as the information seems pretty scarce, so she thought she would send what she has and then carry on.

The most interesting news is that there are two sites ‘First’ Purgatory and Purgatory. Both sites have been ‘unsettled’ and whilst Purgatory refers to the farm, ‘First’ appears to be a reference to the first place encountered whilst on the walk from the village along the old lane. There is another perhaps even more enigmatic reference to a place called ‘Paradise’ – though no-one appears sure where that was, other than between ‘First’ and the farm.

These images were a set I made several years ago during a cold winter’s day when I only got as far as what I now know as ‘first’ Purgatory.

Cold, dank and difficult

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Bodies found

Blanche

Blanche

A number of Cartes de visite came along with the archive material, all family members connected one way or another to each other; though maybe in later lineage. All very posed and all having the maker’s name emblazoned on the front. I find it interesting that the first and last image have the ladies with a book and using their finger as a book mark, as if interrupted from the pastime of reading for this photographic interlude.

Alec

Alec

Gt Grandad Hazell

Gt Grandad Hazell

Maud 189?

Maud 189?

Verna

Verna

Gt Grandma Hazell or Gt Grandma Wright

Gt Grandma Hazell or Gt Grandma Wright

Gt Grandma Hazell or Gt Grandma Wright

Gt Grandma Hazell or Gt Grandma Wright

It is interesting that these last two are not definitely identified. On the reverse of the photograph above are written the following words: “This portrait can be enlarged up to life size and finished in oil or water colours.”