An interesting old picture postcard appears on the Hanslope village noticeboard this week. It shows our High Street as it was in 1907: completely empty save for a family on bicycles, stopping to have their picture taken on a sunny summer’s afternoon.
The date is notable. It’s the decade when the majority of wheeled traffic in London, fifty miles from here, changed from horse-drawn to motorised vehicles. This obviously happened at different times in different parts of England. My great-aunt Muriel Nash was, we were told, the driver of the first sports car to be seen on the Isle of Wight, and that was in the Twenties. I reckon that cars of all shapes and sizes came to Hanslope during that decade. There are none parked in the photograph from 1907; how son that would change.