Old postcards are sometimes poorly produced and grainy, I've done my best to scan them. Please click thumbnails for full size picture. Dates are from the card or my estimate (where possible). The manufacturer of the card is shown in brackets (where available)
A water colour of Shalfleet village by A. Heaton Cooper, published in 1916 but painted before that (the church still had it's steeple which was removed around 1912). It is somewhat different now, the road is wider although still single track with traffic lights at each end of the of the centre of the village. For a similar view today
The name Shalfleet is Anglo-Saxon and means 'shallow creek' as there is a stream (the Caul Bourne) running through the centre of the village and then into Newtown Creek. The first record of the name (as Aet Scealdan Fleote) was in the year 838. At the time of the Domesday book in 1086 it was called Selceeflet. Shalfleet was described in an 1870 guide book (Blacks) as being 'not too lively' and probably hasn't changed in that respect!
The Four cards of Shalfleet Village below are undated but as the steeple was demolished in 1912 must be prior to that date.
Other Shalfleet pages:
Recent archaeological information about Shalfleet - scroll down on linked page.
An Advert for Shalfleet Garage from the 1960's
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