Sometimes a bath chair is the only dry way to travel

The Shoe Inn, Exton, 1929
The Shoe Inn, Exton, 1929
THEN: Full of life and shops galore  the eastern end of Highland Road in Edwardian days with Kassassin Street on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Snapshot of life in Edwardian Portsmouth

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What’s going on in the little Meon Valley village of Exton?

Perhaps when the river overflowed and old bath chair proved to be the only way to travel without getting your feet wet?

The Show Inn, seen here in 1929, still stands and with its riverside gardens is a popular place to eat and drink in the summer.

At this time Chichester brewers Henty and Constable (an amalgam of GS Constable and Sons and Henty & Co) were the landlord’s tied supplier – their draymen are pausing from their work to join in the fun.

The brick and flint construction of the building is typical of the area.

The village has a medieval church with a curious headstone in the graveyard depicting the Angel of Death summoning a student from his books.