John Snelgrove Memorial, Wellswood, Torquay (the ornate fountain on the reverse of the water trough)
Our Saturday morning has been much like last Saturday morning, hence the title “Saturday Reprise.” We went to Waitrose so that we could get a few things which would then entitle us to a free newspaper. After that we drove to Wellswood, parked the car and walked to Me and Mrs Jones (so that we could buy some sausage rolls.)
Old bicycle, painted shopping trolley and flowers outside Me and Mrs Jones
On the way to Me and Mrs Jones, we first passed a lovely Tudorbethan house (i.e. mock Tudor, all cables, black-painted woodwork, white painted walls) which I think is really attractive but I wonder whether the rooms might be a little dark inside …
We were considering stopping in Me and Mrs Jones for coffee, but after I’d bought a couple of sausage rolls (to take home) I said to husband that it really was too noisy in there – all the knives and forks and plates clattering, people talking loudly, the coffee machine kicking off, and as well as all this noise reverberating around the walls, fairly loud ‘background’ (!) music.
Pasties, pies, sausage rolls in Me and Mrs Jones
I had to ask the assistant serving me to repeat herself twice because I simply couldn’t hear her! (And I do not suffer from deafness.)
By the till stood this flamingo. I’ve no idea why it was there – perhaps to give customers “the bird”?
And so we paid for the sausage rolls and decided to have coffee in the little café in which we had coffee last week, just down the road from Me and Mrs Jones. Oh, it was so nice and peaceful! We sat in the window, again, and had coffee and this time indulged in toasted tea cakes and jam.
I’d been wearing my panama hat, hence my hair had been well and truly flattened. Never mind, I’m having my hair done on Monday. I decided to wear a dress I seldom wear, it’s half cotton, half linen, but I fear I don’t really suit blue, it’s a rather harsh colour. However, I like the dress, it’s cool in summer, and so might send for one in lilac, which I think is a ‘kinder’ colour. Besides, I’ve had this dress for four or five summers and it’s looking a little ‘worn’ now.
On the way to Me and Mrs Jones and the little café we passed The Snelgrove Memorial(top collage). John Snelgrove (1815-1903) was one of the founders of the London department store, Martshall & Snelgrove in Oxford Street. After Snelgrove’s death the company merged with Debenham’s. In a book about Wellswood, it says that he was “well regarded as a caring employer, introduced the half-day closing of his shops in 1865 and received an illuminated handwritten plaque from grateful workers in recognition of ‘the high appreciate and valuable aid you have given in establishing the Half Holiday on Saturday.’
Snelgrove lived in Torquay for 18 years and it says in the book, “The community … benefited with the gift of an ornate memorial drinking fountain and water trough.” After years of neglect, this memorial has been restored to its former glory and in spring it is surrounded by beautiful daffodils. Around the base ae engraved names of 17 prominent people who are connected with Torquay.
And then we strolled back to the car and drove home, just in time for me to receive my latest Alison Bruce book … I had ordered three, to complete the set to date, and two more are on their way. I am enjoying them, they are well-written and intricately plotted. Real page turners.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Until next time.