Friday, 13 July 2012

Majorfield then and now

Majorfield Road, Topsham - click to enlarge

Just a quick photo post: Wayne Tracey sent me the above scan (left) from Eric R Delderfield's 1949 The Raleigh Country ("a brief history of Exmouth, Budleigh, Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Bicton, Lympstone and Topsham, with a short life story of that great Englishman, Sir Walter Raleigh"). It refers in passing to Topsham, and has a sketch of Majorfield Lane (now Majorfield Road). I thought I'd take a comparison photo. The sketch is by Harry A Powell, who regularly illustrated Delderfield's travel books from the Exmouth-based Raleigh Press. It takes some liberties with perspective and layout.

- Ray

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