This is a copy of very old stereoscopic photographs presents something of a puzzle. If as the writing says, the boats were at Hove, where were they beached? The buildings at the rear are too small and indistinct to be of any help and nothing like this remains. The only likely area could be that part of Hove beach seen in the photograph on the previous page as all these buildings were swept away in the 1890s, but I still have grave doubts. They look like Brighton Hog-boats, but lettering resembling HASTINGS appears on the stern. I think this may well be a “photographic cuckoo-in-the-nest”. As to the period of the original photographs, the dress of the children almost certainly is of the 1870s.

Image Reference: JG_12_062.tif
Date: 1870s
Image Details: Copy
Size of Original: 193x100
Place: Hove
Additional Information: No comment

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