Southport Yesteryear

If you need an image of 1880s England, you can't do better than this fantastic photo from Southport Yesteryear.

Quite spooky for me, as the heroine of The Lost Orchid has an illicit weekend in that charming seaside resort. The photo is of Hesketh Park, close to my old home, and I know every inch of the paths - and the fact that the steps in the distance lead to a charming observatory.

Look at those tiny waists! The fur collars! The perambulator! The top hat! No wonder I'm hooked on Victoriana.


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