River Leven and the Conservative Club

Driving back through the village the sun was shining on the Conservative Club below brooding skies.

The club, founded in 1910, is not actually under the control of the Conservative party although a portrait of Winston Churchill hangs on a wall. It still has the archaic rule of being a men only club however a concession is made on New Year’s Eve when wives/partners are allowed. Of course women are allowed to work as barmaids.

In 1912 a piano was purchased and a fruit machine in 1929 when electric lighting and mains water was installed but it was not until the Second World War was over that there were urinals. The top of the yard must have had quite an aroma.

I had intended to recreate a Francis Frith 1955 photo from this spot but didn’t have a copy with me so didn’t quite get the position and angle right. But here is the link if you want to compare.

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