|Greetings from Llandudno, 1907|
The story started as so many do with the news that my old friend David Harrop had acquired a set of picture postcards sent by the young May Winifred Wareham to her family.
I have yet to see them but I know that the collection includes cards sent from across Britain and as far away as Monte Carlo and includes a few which were originally taken as family snaps.
Now that alone will make them an interesting piece of social history but so is the story behind the young woman who sent them.
She was born in 1888 into a large family and is buried in the parish church yard in Heaton Mersey.
Her father was Frederick Wareham who became vicar of St Paul’s in 1877 and stayed until 1907 when he moved to St John’s in Heaton Mersey serving the community until his death in 1919.
|Frederick Wareham circa 1900|
And it is with St Paul’s that I shall close for now because the church is in the process of restoring its west window which was made to honour his time in Oldham and that window will feature in later stories.
All of which just leaves me to say ............ watch this space.
Pictures; a picture postcard from Llandudno, 1907 from the collection of David Harrop and Frederick Wareham courtesy of St Pauls, Oldham
Additional research courtesy of St Paul’s Oldham, http://stpaulsoldham.org.uk/index.php