BED & BREAFAST - SATURDAY

Page updated 5 July,2007

By Kevin Cheeseright:

Every Saturday morning, all the Boarders had to stand outside Standings at 10am; Standings was on the opposite side of the road to the Gresham Tea Rooms on Oxford Street. Charlie would arrive bang on 10 (what else?) and would enter Gresham's and climb the steps to the first floor where he had reserved a number of tables for the boys. Once Charlie was in, we all crossed the road and joined him for tea and cakes. This was not optional, it was compulsory.

When finished, we could walk around town but had to back for Saturday Lunch. After lunch, the Prefect of the day had to find out from each Boarder their whereabouts for the remainder of Saturday though most said the same thing each week. The weekend Kitchen staff also needed to know the numbers for Saturday Dinner.


By Graham Brown

On Saturdays Charlie took all Boarders and myself to the Gresham Café for morning coffee and cake and it was my job to go to Barclays Bank to collect the borders' pocket-money; my blazer was stuffed full of coins but the Persians used to get notes!


Standings * is shown in the centre of this 1904 postcard - the shop with the white awnings. Note the railings surrounding the Station forecourt - like railings around houses etc in Harrogate and other towns, these were removed during the Second World War to provide a stock of metal. Apparently, this practice was a complete failure and the metal was never put to any good use.

The postcard is titled "Station Square, Harrogate" and the viewpoint is from behind the railway station courtyard railings. The card was printed in Bavaria as were the majority of postcards in the period prior to the First World War. It would have been on sale in Harrogate in about 1904. That year is very significant for postcards as it was then that the Post Office agreed to accept cards having a "divided back". Previously, only the recipient's address could be written on the non-picture side; then the Post Office agreed that a message could be written to the left and the address to the right. The unleased a deluge of postcards on to the market, mostly printed in Germany, and the hobby of collecting cards started!

The Station Hotel (on the left of the postcard) was built in 1893 and information can be found in an article by the Harrogate Advertiser of 9 September,2005. The hotel had been built by Arthur Hiscoe who was also responsible for the design on the nearby Market Hall.

Advert from Armstrong's Illustrated Harrogate Hand-book"
published in about 1900:


* E Standings Ltd, started in 1882, was a town-centre grocery shop and had a pleasant tea-shop on the first floor (above the awning shown on the postcard). It was a sort of early supermarket and highly regarded. The tea shop was THE place for Harrogate society to be seen in - apart from Betty's or The Café Imperial. In fact the large lettering over the shop said "The Café - Grocery & Provisions".




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