Saturday, 30 March 2013

Sepia Saturday 170 - Coffee shops!

Happy Easter Folks!

A quick medley of coffee and tea establishments I think for this week.

This was taken around 1910 and is of the Compton coffee house.

This one is of Vokes Tea Gardens at Normandy taken around 1902.

Here is a picture of the cafe area and stalls in Liberation Square, St Helier Jersey - taken July 2011

This final picture, taken in July 2011, is the cafe at the Underground Hospital on Jersey. The boards at the back of the room show pictures and some information on those who were deported from the Channel Islands during the German Occupation. They went to camps across the occupied territories and sadly, many never returned. You can read about the various days we spent on the island HERE

We visited the Underground hospital on a very cold and wet July day. There was a very sombre mood from the visitors, driven by the weather and the venue. Once we were in the cafe having a rest and reflect on what we had seen the mood didn't change, except there was a degree of urgency from visitors as we all headed to the wall to discover the fate of the individuals, whose name appeared on the facsimile identity cards we had each received upon paying the entrance fee.

Taking part in Sepia Saturday


  1. I went on a Titanic tour in which we were each given a passport of one of the people on board. At the end of the tour we found out whether we survived or perished. I was a 4-year girl who survived. My husband was a doctor who perished. It really made the tour more meaningful.

  2. I wonder if there's a real difference between a 'coffee house' and a café. The former sounds a bit more upmarket.

  3. I like the look of the Vokes Tea Gardens - I trust nobody perishes there!

  4. The tea garden looks interesting, but not quite what I would imagine from the name. The Underground Hospital and occupation of Jersey is a part of history that I had never heard before. Quite a meaningful visit, I'm sure.

  5. Yes, the names are not always the same, what means coffee house to one place can be so very different in another. These are just wonderful additions and names matter not! Great photos!


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