2DC10 Bedruthan Steps, near Newquay, Cornwall. Photo : E Ludwig

“Dear Grandma & Auntie Pamela, having a great time down in Newquay. The weather has been pretty hot for the last two days but today it’s rained all day. The house we are staying in is really nice and has got a heated swimming pool almost right outside. See you soon, Jonathan.” 10th July 1984


2DC25 Cockington Forge, near Torquay, Devon. Photo : E Ludwig

“Dear Elizabeth. We are now in Devon and we hope to see this place tomorrow. We’ve had a lovely time and the weather has been perfect. Hope you and mother are well. Lots of love from us all from Nana (Allen).” 27th April 1984

2SOA14 The Gardens of New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo : E Ludwig

“We arrived here today on the last leg of our mini holiday! We went down to Chichester last Wednesday – stayed two nights there. Then on Friday we went on via Petersfield – Winchester (quite dreadful traffic there!) – then Romsey. That was quieter so we stopped there and had a good look around the abbey, then on to Owen (near Southampton). On Saturday we explored the New Forest, that was very pleasant – I have never seen so much of it before – Stratford looked very gay today. We go home tomorrow. All the best love Gwen.” 22nd April 1974

2DC149 Fishing Trawlers at Newlyn, Cornwall. Photo : E Ludwig

“Dear Liz. From the heart of the healthiest county. Greetings. Received letter this morning, many thanks, quite flabbergasted! I will be at school on dates mentioned if that’s all right but not 27th, kids back then! Having a lovely but wind blown holiday, will send cream. Visited a lifeboat, fantastic experience – next terms work! Could I meet you in London on 24/25? Am turning into a hippie and am going to emigrate! Must go for a walk at least 15 miles! I’ve never been so thin!! Much love Jan.” 18th April 1973


2DC938 Torpoint Ferry Photo : D Noble

“Dear all. This is the ferry Mrs Rowe went to school by. Every time we go to Dartmoor this way it is either by ferry or bridge because we are on a peninsula. Weather pretty mixed. Going to Dartmouth today, hoping to go on Dartmouth railway if the rain keeps off long enough. Both mums are okay, Granny Rowe bothered with her knees so has only been with us once as yet. Love mum.” 17th April 1990


2DC499 St. Endoc Church, Daymer Bay, Trebetherick, near Polzeath, Cornwall. Photo : E Ludwig

“Have just popped in for a few essentials but will avoid like the plague tomorrow – ‘obby Horse day! Car park already full. Will not stray far from Harlyn or just visit the old haunts – sun very hot, ideal for sleeping, reading and getting burnt. Cheers now, Mary & June.” 11th April 1990

“Dear William. This is the seaside that Phil and I were coming to when you saw us off this morning. On the way on the train we saw lots of cows, sheep and lovely baby lambs, also seagulls and a heron fishing in a river for his lunch. We saw some donkeys too, running around a field. Thanks you (and your daddy too!) for so kindly taking us to the station, it made a fine start to our holiday and our journey went well all the way. We are going out to look at the sea now. With love from Grace and Phil.” 5th April 1977