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Filename: aa091596.jpg

Size: 4261 x 4437 (10.8MB)

Date: 10th October 2017

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

Job Title: Photographer

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Girls playing a091596

Church Path, Queen Camel, Somerset. Looking along a cobbled street towards the tower of St Barnabas Church, with three young girls tending to a doll in a pram. Photographed by John Gay in April 1953

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Childhood Children Leisure Play


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print by John Gay, titled "Girls playing a091596" transports us back to a simpler time in April 1953. The scene is set on Church Path, Queen Camel, Somerset, where we find ourselves looking along a charming cobbled street towards the majestic tower of St Barnabas Church. However, it's not just the architectural beauty that catches our attention; it's the three young girls who steal the show. Engrossed in their own little world of play and imagination, these children remind us of the carefree joy that childhood brings. With an adorable doll nestled comfortably in a pram, they tend to its needs with utmost dedication and love. Their innocent laughter fills the air as they create stories and adventures for their cherished companion. The photograph captures more than just a moment frozen in time; it encapsulates the essence of leisure and play during this era. It serves as a nostalgic reminder of how simple pleasures like pretending to be mothers or embarking on make-believe journeys were once at the heart of every child's world. John Gay's skillful composition allows us to witness this beautiful slice of life from decades ago – an image that evokes warmth and sentimentality while also reflecting upon universal themes such as friendship, imagination, and growth. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece from Historic England's collection, we are transported into an idyllic realm where childhood memories are forever preserved.

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