What’s on the Mantelpiece?

One of the things I don’t have in my house is a mantelpiece. It’s a comparatively new house, which was one of the things I loved about it when I moved in. But I do miss a fireplace and a mantelpiece.

When I think of a mantelpiece I always think of my grandmother and her lovely home in Blaker Street, Brighton. My cousin recently sent me a couple of photographs of the interior of this house, taken on Christmas Eve 1959 and it got me thinking again about what was kept on this shelf above the fireplace.

24 December 1959 Sue and Ian with our grandmother Annie Dinnis (Cleeve).

24 December 1959
My cousin Sue and her brother Ian with our grandmother Annie Dinnis (Cleeve).

Inside Blaker Street 24 12 1959 (1)

Sue and Ian with our Uncle Jack on the 24th December 1959.










Our grandmother kept photographs of all her family on the mantelpiece and the shelf above it. You can’t see clearly, because of the Christmas cards, but there is a photo of Sue, Ian, their mother Nancy and either my father, Gordon or his brother Ron. There is also a photo of me, and Sue found the original photograph that used to sit on the mantelpiece. Here it is:

Nannies photo 1

There are more photographs of me that my grandmother kept, mainly school photographs taken at different ages. It is truly lovely to hold these photos and to know Nannie also held them.

I remember sitting in this room and thinking one day I would also keep family photographs on shelves in my own home.


About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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1 Response to What’s on the Mantelpiece?

  1. Patty Stephenson Levy says:

    Thank goodness for photography! So many photos and boxes to cipher through but the one thing were not lacking is photos. Spent a few hours on the phone with my Uncle Don for his 79th bday feb23 (mom’s half brother) and I was surprised how much he remembered as I shared details of info in Ancestry. It got me spinning into a Vortex as Heather calls it! We have so much unanswered history to find but the photos tell a story and Im anxious to learn. I have a Mantle but the big projection screen comes down and prevents me from putting photos on it. The visual I had was putting photos in my long hallway but my mother in laws paintings are on it! ha Limited wall space because of so many french doors and windows of the waterview.

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