Skaters on Froyle Pond
Original slideIn the late 1880s the Rev.A.E.Wright (Curate of the Parish of Binsted between about 1880 and 1895) took a trip around the area and produced a set of some 103 hand tinted lantern slides which he used to show to his parishioners in Waterlooville where he became vicar in 1896. This particular slide, no 93, is of the children from Froyle School skating on the pond behind St. Mary's Church.
The slides, 3¼” x 3¼”, are in various states of preservation. The good ones, as you can see above, are very good, but some need ‘a bit of work’. We have tried various methods of copying them - they are too thick (in their mounts) to scan directly - and the copy above was obtained by pointing a digital camera at the slide with a diffuse light source held behind it. As you can see in the smaller picture, the actual image is circular, and the hand tinted picture is sandwiched between two sheets of glass. Follow the More link to see more of these amazing Froyle pictures. Follow the Binsted Slide Show link to view the complete notes and the pictures that are available. While there are not many slides of Froyle in particular, those of Binsted itself give a fascinating insight into life in this area at the end of the 19th century. We are most grateful for the loan of these slides and the opportunity to browse through the Rev. Wright’s notes.

The slides of the Rev A E Wright