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Molesey Taggs Island Karsino 72dpi

Rowland Baker in his book Thameside Molesey writes On 7th October 1912 The Times announced: 'Mr. Fred Karno, the music-hall artist, who for some years had a houseboat moored to Tagg's Island, East Molesey, has arranged to take over the island. He proposes to run free ferries to it from the shore, and to provide entertainments and illuminations in the evening'

The plan was a success as this picture postcard of the Karsino shows, posted at the East Molesey post office on 29th July 1913 to Nurse Ellen living at Sittingbourne, Kent. "Just to wish you very many happy returns of the day, and the best of luck. Am having a ripping time and glorious weather. Much love from Edith".


Molesey Thames Riviera used 1930



The Karsino on Taggs Island became a favourite destination for holidays and excursions prior to World War I. However, Fred Karno fell into financial difficulties after the war, was declared bankrupt and the property was then bought and sold several times. Here is the building on a postcard used in 1930 written in Swedish and called the Thames Riviera Hotel and Restaurant.

Hampton Bridge 04061910


A view of the old iron bridge at Hampton Court with lattice work on the sides. To be demolished to make way for the new bridge.

The postcard is written on 4th June 1910 to Mrs Applegath at Crouch End "My dear D Will you be at home on Monday evening when I will run over with my totals Best Love Ern"

BridgeRoad 30121905


This postcard was posted from East Molesey on 30th December 1905 to Mr. Parkley living at 11 Canonbury Park London N

Dear Sir Would you be good enough to to let me have Mr. P's address Truly F Griffin

Mr Griffin has used one of his own cards to send this message!

The Splash Molesey unused


The Splash at Molesey.

This was the way for any vehicular traffic to cross the river. Pedestrians were able to use the narrow bridge to the right.

This card is unused.


New Lock East Molesey

Written and posted in Kingston to Mrs J Noblis 69 Clarence Rd Newport Isle of Wight on 8th September 1907.

How are you getting on? Have any orders come for me? Have just been down the town shopping. Teddington Regatta this afternoon. We shall go there if it is fine. We shall dine at two o'clock today. Rather late isn't it. Love to all from Ethel


Molesey Lock Edwardian


A lovely Edwardian scene of the Lock at Molesey with a postcard back.

This card was given to Frances Skates for Never Absent, Never Late by the Surrey Education Committee and proudly it was kept and never posted.

The cards were issued weekly to enable a student to make a collection of these reward cards..

molesey lock posted 02081939


A later card posted by the sender on 2nd August 1939 An idealic scene of the river just one month before the start of World War 2.

Hard to think looking at this picture that one month later on 1st September 1939 Germany invaded Poland.

Molesey at Hampton Court


This postcard was posted on 1st September 1926 to Bournemouth.

The scene shows The Creek at Molesey prior to the Hampton Court Way being built. The old iron lattice work bridge crossing to Bridge Road is seen on the left. Tom Milbourn is displaying a For Hire sign for Boats Canoes and Dingeys.

Castle Hotel

Postcard written on both front and back in a northern european language to Seaford Sussex from East Molesey and posted on 31st December 1905.

The hotel was demolished to make way for the new Hampton Court Bridge in the early 1930's. Note the advert on the right for Hurst Park Club Race Meeting.