• Wesley Tree - A rare and early Ash image surfaces

    Ain't it always the way - just after one has commited to press something comes along that you wish you'd known about or managed to find before the sign-off. Well it was six months ago now that ASH was ready to print, but since I do include a short feature about the Wesley Tree in Winchelsea, Sussex it would have been wonderful to include this image.

    Trawling the Internet a few days ago I spotted this delightful little carte-de-visite photograph from around 1865. Taken by E.T. Gasson, a photographer from nearby Rye, it was clearly intended to function as a tourist memento in much the same way that postcards would do some 40 years later. One wonders who the top-hatted gent beneath the tree might have been - some local worthy, friend or relative of the photographer? I then went on to investigate the Photographic Artist and found a splendid article in a local magazine - without further ado take a look at https://ryesown.co.uk/ryes-first-photographer/ It's a great story about a remarkable man. Enjoy the wonderful portrait of the man himself - not only photographer, carpenter, picture framer, stationer, museum proprietor, but also Bird Stuffer! A fascinating link between Gasson and Winchelsea was that his mother was born there - probably around 1790 - the date of Wesley's visit!

    This original tree fell in gales in the 1920s, but a replacement tree was planted from a cutting, and still survives to this day.


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