Saltash, The Ferry And Royal Albert Bridge 1924
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For travellers to Cornwall, crossing the broad, sweeping waters of the Tamar deepened the sensation that they were entering a foreign land. Some took the chugging chain ferry, and others rattled over Brunel's curious bridge in the carriages of the Great Western Railway, built in 1859.

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A Selection of Memories from Saltash

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Saltash

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My wife and I married here on the 17th Feb 1977 and we've not regretted a day since. It poured with rain going in but the sun shone coming out. That has just about summed things up for us. The Rev Wood and Rev Carr were both at the service. It was the start of 18 years in Cornwall making friends and picking up with old friends a period of our lives we will never forget. Since then both this building ...see more
This photo brought back memories of when I delivered papers in 1954 along Normady Way down under the rail bridge and along the riverside. Even as a young paper lad I still remember the tranquility of the river in the early morning. I also spent some time playing along the shore, even swimming off a little jetty a few yards from the ferry sllipway. I also remember the houses across the river sold crabs from ...see more
My Grandparents were Charlie and Mary Solomon, they lived in Timaru House on the main road. They had five children Bert, Les, Evelyn, Geoff and my mother Gwen. My Aunt Evelyn married Edward Williams who was manager at the Co-Op and Uncle Les worked in the bakery. My mother was head buyer for the drapery department. My mother married a St Dennis man, Rex Harris, and went to live at Menheniot before the ...see more
I lived in a two story flat, over what was Barclays Bank. Almost opposite was the Guidhall and St Nicholas and Faith Church. We had a clear view from our lounge and upper bedroom window of the road leading to the station and local police station. Immediately behind the bank property lived Mr and Mrs Hobbs with their daughters on what you might call a smallholding. Mr Hobbs worked for the council and bred ...see more