The Farr Family

This Is the Blog of the Farr family, Sam and Wendy Farr and their Daughters Nichola and Helen plus their husbands Andy Higby and David Mattock. They all live in the Bath Area. Sam works as a freelance photographer after taking voluntary redundancy from The Bath Chronicle after 20 years, Andy is a freelance Manager for various Charities and David a Computer programmer. David and Helen have our two Granddaughters, Tabitha and Lottie they can be seen at

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

My Dad also called Sam Farr, in his dispatch rider uniform for the 1914-1918 war.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Nicky shows Lottie her new hand knitted finger puppets that she brought from Amsterdam.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Miffy Clogs

Tabitha with her new Miffy clogs that Nicky and Andy brought from Amsterdam.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Sham Castle

Bath from the wrong side of Sham Castle, Sanderson Miller built it for Ralph Allen in 1762.
Mum always told me that it was built to hide the gallows from Ralph Allen's town house.
But that may be an old Mums tale.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Naughty but nice

It's a bit naughty today, I spotted this man and poster in Bristol Years ago.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Fly Tower

An unusual view of Bath Theatre Royal taken during the construction of a new Fly Tower on the early 80s.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Vanishing Bath

Another old picture of Bath, this time the Old Bridge, it was demolished in the 60s.
All the building behind it have gone now, and the one behind the cross on the right (the old SWEB building) in to be demolished to build a new bus station.

Note for regular reader Jacqui
The picture of Joe cutting my hair is about 4 years old, and I'm 61 now.
He started cutting my hair as a trainee in the hairdressers opposite the General Post Office when I was about 20, so Joe has kept pretty well for his extreme old age.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Giuseppe (Joe) Pace has been cutting my hair for almost 40 years, He now has a Unisex Hairdressers in Terrace Walk Bath.
Here are a couple of pictures of him at work on my hair taken a few years apart.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Lotties Teething

Lottie's teething at the moment, so Wendy can often be found walking up and down by the waterfall carrying a large pink bundle.
The sound of the water and fresh air seems to send her to sleep quite quickly.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

We said goodbye to Wendy's old Toyota on Saturday, It was costing over £1.50 a mile plus petrol to run.
She sold it to a young Australian called Lachan who is working at a local boarding school for the year.
So if you see a Toyota D586 OYD with a big dent in the back passenger door around, it hasn't been stolen.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Green Park Station

Green Park Station Bath, now a Sainsburys car park, I went to Green Park School so the station was a magnet for schoolboys.
I can just remember when I was 4 being taken to the window of our old flat in Oldfield Park to watch the Circus train unloading in the sidings.
In those days the train was the cheapest and most efficient was to move a circus
And Billy Smarts Circus had its own train in the 50s, How thing have changed.
Telegraph Obituary for Billy Smart Jr HERE.

Friday, January 20, 2006

The Cadbury factory in Keynsham

Blue sky green fields and sheep it only needs a chocolate factory to make a perfect day.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Union Street Bath

Union Street Bath before pedestrianization in the 70s, the Colmers store is now W.H. Smiths.
I still bump into Bob Linkins who managed and lived above the Freeman Hardy and Willis shoe shop on the left, in fact that could be him in the window.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Best Farrier in the West

For years George Thatcher from Binegar near Wells has been our Farrier.
He has always been reliable and professional in his attitude, I have never photographed him at work till today, here he is trimming Onyx's hoofs.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I don't remember anything about this old picture of Stall Street in Bath.
But it looks like they had a street sweeper's convention, and they walked out and left the brushes.

Monday, January 16, 2006

A strange little sign I spotted today at the end of Lansdown Crescent.
I think this probably a student prank, as it was close to the Bath Spa University Sion hill and Somerset Place Campus.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Police prepare for the Christmas Party.

No only joking this Corona lorry lost it's load on the corner of George Street in the sixties, the police and fire brigade are unloading it.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Ken Russell shoots Savage Messiah

Ken Russell shooting his 1972 film Savage Messiah just outside my old front window in Abbey Churchyard.
He turned Shores shoe shop (now Binks Restaurant) into an art gallery, Dorothy Tutin who played Sophie Brzeska is on the left.
In February 2005 I had the privilege to meet and photograph Ken; let's just say he lived up to my expectations!

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Is the plate worth more than the car?

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The old Odeon cinema in Southgate Street Bath, the film "Our Man Flint" dates the picture as 1966.
And the prices are a clue with a circle seat costing just six shillings which was about 30p.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Fred Dibnah steeplejack extraordinaire

Steeplejack Fred Dibnah hams it up for the TV camera in Queens Square.
Fred passed away on Saturday 6th November 2004 at Bolton Hospice following a brave battle with cancer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Unusual view of the West front of Bath Abbey,
through the window of goldsmith Jody Cory.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Terry Pratchett with his own fantasy world.
More of my original Pratchett pictures here.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy takes advice from a friend!

Lotties Christening pictures
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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Sunset over Peasedown St John
from Wellow Lane today.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Spotted in Bath today, hope it's a woman's car.
But one can never tell these days?

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bath Ladies Football Team in 1920, I think that my mother and two aunts are in this picture.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I was lucky enough to see and photograph the original toll price list for the Marshfield East Gate this week.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Trip to the dentist Mike Wortelhock

I had a trip to the dentist today, just a check up and visit to the hygienist.
Thought it would be a good idea to do some self-portraits, so here are the snaps taken with a 12mm Nikkor on a Nikon D2Hs.
The Dentist is Mike Wortelhock, and Jane West is the hygienist at Lyndhurst dental practice in Oldfield Park, Bath.

Monday, January 02, 2006

The cat sat on the mat, well actually the cat sat on
the Aga, but that doesn't rhyme.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Superior graffiti spotted on a toilet wall
in Swanage.