Solway Plain - past and present by the Holme St Cuthbert History Group

From around 1900, the passing scene in the town was captured perfectly by the postcards sent home by its visitors.

Silloth Baths and The Green The baths was one of the first buildings to go up in the new town around 1856. Water was pumped from the sea by a steam engine. Wood's guide of 1870 said: "the building has every accommodation for invalids taking baths which can be had at any time. Mr and Mrs Studholme, the managers, pay every attention to those requiring them. This is a list of the baths that can be had:- Hot, cold, shower, swimming and plunge bath".
The building continued to operate as a bath house until 1920. In the '30s it was converted into a tearoom. After this, it became what is still the town's most popular all-weather attraction - The Amusements.

The card on the right shows them in "full swing" during the 1950s.
Silloth Amusements

Silloth, Criffel Street

Criffel Street, Silloth's fine sea front promenade, has always been the heart of the town. This view, from around 1900, shows the Solway (Golf) Hotel on the right and, further along, Sim's grocers and the Balmoral Hotel with Wood's Emporium on the opposite corner of Wampool Street.

Silloth Convalescent Home
The Convalescent Home, near West Beach opened in 1856 and had its own platform to receive patients directly from ambulance trains. The colour card is postmarked 1905; we don't know the date of the unused monochrome card. Silloth Convalescent Home Interior

Silloth has always provided excellent sports facilities. The tennis courts and the putting green were popular but the main attraction was the town's fine golf course.

Silloth Tennis Courts Silloth Putting Green

Silloth Golf Clubhouse

Silloth Golf Course, first tee These two postcards of the first tee both date from the 1920s.

In the smaller picture, the children sitting on the left are waiting to be hired as caddies.

The club has produced many fine golfers, notably Cecil Leitch who won three British Ladies Championships between 1914 and 1921. 

From Victorian times the main entertainment for the summer season was provided by The Pierrots concert party who performed in an area of the green known as 'Happy Valley' they were always a popular subject for postcards!

Postcards of Silloth Pierrots
Several different troops of performers appeared over the years, the best known were Dave Fuller and his Merry Men and Maids who entertained the crowds between 1900 and 1930. Silloth Pierrots

A few more shots from our album

Silloth Pier
A stroll along the pier; this card is postmarked 1923
Silloth, Station Street
The junction of Eden Street and Station Road in the very early 1900s.
Silloth, pony trekking on west beach
Pony-trekking became popular in the 1960s.
Silloth, Bathing machines
The bathing huts allowed ladies to change with complete decorum! About 1900.
Silloth, Tommy Legs
The 'Tommy Legs' light is situated just off West Beach.
Silloth Paddling Pool
The paddling pool was a popular place with the kiddies in the 1950s and '60s.

and finally . . .

Silloth, donkeys on the green

Everybody's favourite - Mr Gray with his donkeys on the green.

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Silloth on Postcards