This is the main street at Parkgate in 1910..
It looks so peaceful, three men on the right looking at the camera and behind
them a couple of hens in the shadow of the tree. Over the road at the thatched
cottages leaning against the wall is a bicycle and coming down the road is
a cyclist. In front of the cottages is the village pump with a horse trough
in front of it. A barrel on a trolley next to it is to be filled to take home
remember no running water back then.
It is 1920 and here we are in Park gate village on the main street going towards
The first man is unknown but the man standing at the door of the thatched
cottage is the local smithy Jim McAuley, in front of Jim is some of the farm
implements he has either made or repaired. In the foreground is the village
pump which supplied all the water to the village. At the end of the thatched
cottages is the local pub, then the post office in the next building and at
the bottom with a man against the gable wall is Sterling's grocery shop. The
car which was has stopped for the photographer to take them looking back.