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Daughters of Mr Stratton, Charwelton's Stationmaster.

Daughters of Mr Stratton, Charwelton's Stationmaster.

L3491. This fantastic photograph shows the two daughters of Charwelton's Stationmaster, Mr Stratton. The family would almost certainly have lived in a purpose built house near to the station, as this was the general trend at the time. Although by no means wealthy, a stationmaster was a well-respected member of the community, relied upon to maintain the reputation of the Great Central. The Railway prided itself on its appearance and levels of comfort: locomotives were always immaculately turned out, the stations were spotless and the station staff were always smart and presentable.
The two girls are well turned out in printed dresses (quite different from the pinafores sported by local children in Newton's other photographs), white gloves and hats - perhaps outfits specially selected for the portrait? Beyond the white picket fence a group of boys strain to get a look at the scene - many children would not have seen a camera by the turn of the century, so perhaps this is the cause of their intrigue.
PublisherLeicestershire County Council
Contributor
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Date
TypePhotographs - Black and White
Formatdimension.H - 160 mm
IdentifierNewton - NP M/1
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
derived from - glass plate negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Charwelton, Nothamptonshire (O.S. Ref: 453500 256200)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
point - 1901-09-28
RightsLeicestershire County Council