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Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

It was wonderful to welcome the Grace family back to Goldfield for a magical piece of nostalgia as they shared their family slides taken over 120 years ago by their great, great Grandfather, a miller by trade whose hobby was photography. The slides were shown using the family's Magic Lantern also 120 years old. Today's focus was transport but these wonderful slides are all encompassing and show a complete history of Tring.

Photograph of a Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern

Photograph of History Day

Slides for the Magic Lantern

Parsonage Farm owned by Frank Grace (where Bishop Wood School is today).

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Horse power was essential for ploughing and moving heavy goods

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

This lady is using a hand held trolley to deliver milk

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Back then the only vehicles in Tring High Street were making deliveries, most people walked everywhere

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

This grand family are off on a day out, can you see the dog running along by the side of the carriage?

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Here is the entrance to Tring Park and Nathaniel Rothschild is leaving his estate in a very grand carriage pulled by two horses with a driver and footman

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Nathaniel's son, Walter Rothschild is riding in a carriage pulled by zebras! But if you look closely you can see two black legs? I think a horse could be leader of the team

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Cycling was a popular form of transport - Jess and Frank Grace, photographed here, are on a tricycle made for two

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

These ladies have cycled to the stocks at Aldbury Common, (that must have been tricky cycling in those long skirts!)

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

The roads got very dirty and dusty especially in hot weather, here is the solution...

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

... a horse drawn road sprayer!

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

As times passes more engines were developed. Here is one of the first tractors to work the land and a steam engine used to transport heavy goods.

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Tring's bus depot. People couldn't afford holidays, instead they enjoyed days out to the seaside or countryside for a picnic. How did they get there? Travelling by buses.

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

A grand day out with a picnic lunch

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

This wonderful car belonged to Gilbert Grace (from a different 'Grace' family). Gilbert's family own Grace's Hardware Store

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Miswell Lane is just here with the playing fields and houses but no Goldfield! (It hasn't been built yet)

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Boats and barges were also used to transport goods and Tring had its own boat builders yard

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Barges brought corn to the mill to be ground into flour and then transported it to the bakers for making bread

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Boats were also used to transport people, there is nothing quite like a leisurely sail along the canal!

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

In this photograph you can see that the canal is frozen, the boat is an ice breaker used to brake the ice so that other barges can travel along the canal. Look how many horses are pulling the ice braker, what strong animals they are but what hard work it must be for them!

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Time for the railway to make a connection to Tring, in this photograph men are working on the cutting for the railway

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

Tring Fair and a Merry-go-round entertains the public which is powered by steam

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

A candle would have given light to this Magic Lantern but it has been adapted and electricity supplies the power to light the bulb

Photograph of Old Tring History Assembly

This is Thomas Grace the photographs we have seen today have been taken by him

Photograph of History Day

Frank Grace

Photograph of History Day

Parsonage Farm owned by Frank Grace (where Bishop Wood School is today).

Photograph of History Day

Robert and Tom Grace (Frank Grace's sons) put on slideshows called "Old Tring Lectures" for the people of Tring. At the beginning of the slideshow they would take a photograph of the audience. At the end of the slideshow they would amaze the audience by showing a slide of themselves. (If your family have been living in Tring for over 100 years you may be looking at a relative of your own?)

Animated Words Thank You for sharing these wonderful photographs with us! The photographs we have seen today belong to the Grace family.

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