Dear Mrs Grocock,
We have arrived safe after a very pleasant journey, I know I shall enjoy my stay with your mother. I feel quite happy. Mrs Garbutt has just come in to see your mother. Hope Colin soon forgot the [?] of the trains poor little chap. Love to you from Mother she will write later.
cheerio E. Rowe


English Street, Carlisle
Unknown publisher | 223593

To: Mrs [?] Grocock, No 6. Knowle View, East Ardsley, Nr. Wakefield
Postmark: GREAT AYTON, MIDDLESBOROUGH | 27 April 1948


Taken from the eastern tower of Thomas Telford’s 1811 citadel, this is a view full of the hustle and bustle of post-war Carlisle. Almost nothing’s changed in this view, although the businesses have gone; on the left is the Woolworth’s building, constructed in 1933 on the site of an old workhouse (now a branch of B&M), and directly ahead is the grand building which is now a branch of NatWest Bank. The row of shops on the left is now mostly bars – Open Mind, In The Meantime – and, recently closed, Outrageous night-club and a branch of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill and independent cafés and barbershops. At the time of this postcard the larger of the buildings on the right would have been the Citadel Restaurant, the echoes of which you can still see in the signage high up on the brickwork. The ‘mock tudor’ building on the right is Citadel Chambers, formerly council officers (and for a short time home to the police station after their original site was flooded). It is now a block of flats – I lived on the top floor for a short time in 2018.

There’s no connection to Carlisle in the correspondence. Sent from Great Ayton, a small village in Yorkshire (and the childhood home of Captain James Cook) the short distance to East Ardsley. A commonplace message of news from E. Rowe to let Mrs Grocock know that she has arrived safely to stay with her mother. It looks like Colin had a bad experience with the trains but I’m not clear about the missing word here.