Monday, 9 May 2016

An old picture in the archives

there are now over 600 pictures in the People's Collection of Wales archives and we have been busy updating the captions and making corrections but please have a look at them and comment if you see anything wrong.

Mike Alexander, a past Skomer warden, recently came across this picture in the Pembrokeshire Archives. We believe it is Captain Vaughan Palmer Davies (1826-1914),  with the big white beard, patting the red deer calf outside the Skokholm cottage and the picture was probably taken in 1889 .  The Captain who was the tenant of Skomer Island from 1861 to 1892 also rented Skokholm for grazing.  The deer calf was a bit of a surprise.

There is a good summary of the Skomer history on http://www.welshwildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/History-of-Skomer-including-timeline.pdf   which is worth a read if you haven't looked at it before.

In recent months many new (old) pictures of Skokholm have emerged including ones taken in 1948 showing the old railway track going right down to the jetty at which time there was no wall alongside the track and some from 1954 showing the same views.  By 1954 Trinity House had  put a three wheel dumper type truck onto the island and had built the current wall all the way up the track - and also probably dumped that load of concrete over the cliff into the cave below the track.  these pictures will be on the People's Collection shortly.

2 comments:

  1. Captain Vaughan Palmer Davies is my G G Grandfather. Great picture.
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  2. Must be related30 May 2017 at 23:26

    Mine too!
    Tom.e.morton@gmail.com

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