The Bernard Shaw Special



Ayot St Lawrence



Life is full of ephemera - everyday things we take for granted and throw away when we have finished with them. As such they rarely survive but if they do they can fill in details of your ancestors everyday life.

While every day receipts are less likely to survive ones related to property transfer were normally kept.



This is a railway for a day excursion ticket from either Clapham Junction or the Elephant and Castle railway stations (in London, south of the Thames) and Harpenden East railway station. The fact that it is called the "Bernard Shaw Special" shows that the day out was to George Bernard Shaw's House at Ayot St Lawrence. (GBS died in 1950 and his house became a National Trust property.)


A postcard sized photograph of 69470, the NI class railway engine standing at No 1 platform, Clapham Junction. It pulled the 6 coach train from Clapham Junction, via Snow Hill, to Harpenden.  

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