Cairngorm Mountains in the Scottish Highlands


In August 1959 Anthony Sargeant spent two weeks in the Cairngorm Mountains in the Scottish Highlands with a party from his school ( Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School ). At that time there was no unsightly development on the North side of the Cairngorms and the campsite was 10 miles from the nearest road in any direction. The photograph was take on the descent from Ben Macdhui the highest of the Cairngorm range which had been climbed in thick mist and driving rain. But here the mist lifted and the rain stopped as the party came out into the Lairig Ghru, the pass that bisects the Cairngorms. Here looking south. In those days there was hardly anybody in the mountains and we hardly saw another soul for two weeks.

Jenny at Bellingham Open-Air Swimming Pool in 1963


Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of a friend in 1963 when he was working as a lifeguard during the summer of that year. Bellingham is in the  Borough of Lewisham, South London.One of Tony Sargeant’s colleagues Norman with the dark glasses is seen in this picture watching the pool. The pool closed and was demolished many years ago as have been so many open air pools and lidos in the UK because they are so expensive to maintain.

Summit of the Gross Glockner Pass


In 1966 Anthony Sargeant and his partner Gill drove down through Europe to spend the summer in what was then still Yugoslavia. The route took them over the stunning Gross Glockner Pass in the Austrian Alps. This photograph was taken at the summit on a warm summer day.

Adriatic Coast of Yugoslavia in 1966


Anthony Sargeant together with his partner at that time Gill drove across Europe and down through Yugoslavia in an Austin A35 van in 1966. Here Gill sits on a rocky outcrop in the shimmering heat of the August sun looking out over the myriad rocky white islands and coastline.

Opening page of a story in ‘School Stories for Girls’

Published by Dean & Son, Ludgate HIll, London – Anthony Sargeant bought the book in which this story is published at auction along with many other books which were donated to OXFAM. The language and writing is so wonderfully period. via Opening page of a story in ‘School Stories for Girls’

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‘School Stories for Girls’ – 1950s Children’s Annual

Inside board and end paper of ‘School Stories for Girls’ – Bought at auction in a box of books for OXFAM by Anthony Sargeant. This was a really ‘period’ annual published by Dean & Son in the 1950s.

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School Stories for Girls – 1950s Children’s Annual

Wonderful ‘period’ 1950s Children’s Annual published by Dean and Son of Ludgate Hill in London. From time to time Anthony Sargeant buys boxes of books at auction in order to donate them to OXFAM bookshops. Often it is possible to buy 30 or more good quality hardback books for £10 or so. If the resale […]

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Anthony Sargeant on the Beach at Hastings in 1963


Taken at the same time as the previous post of his two friends Tony is sitting on the pebble beach at Hastings in the summer of 1963. He had a much deeper tan than his two friends because he had been working at Bellingham Open Air Swimming Pool all summer as a Life guard. It was in the days before there was any real awareness of the danger of skin cancer and no effective sun blocking creams.

On the beach at Hastings in 1963


Anthony Sargeant took this photograph of his friends Den Thurtle and Colin (‘Bert’) Baker when the went to Hastings for the day in the summer of 1963. Driving from London in Tony’s car which was a 1936 Ford 10. Together the three friends made a formidable back row playing for the Old Askeans Rugby Football Club.

Ford Popular in 1970


This is the third car owned by Anthony Sargeant with his first wife standing by the side. The photograph was taken on the drive outside 64 Wickham Chase, West Wickham, Kent, where Tony’s parents lived at the time. The Ford Popular was a reliable little car to which Tony fitted a tow bar so that he could trail the Goldmiths’ College’s Enterprise Sailing Dinghy to the coast at weekends. The car even survived being half submerged by an incoming tide at Dymchurch on the South Coast. Probably owned the car from about 1968 until 1974. It would then have been about 10 years old (this model was in production from 1959-1962). The car was bought from his first wife’s father. In essence the car had the same side valve 1172cc engine as Tony’s first car a 1936 Ford 10 but at least the brakes were now hydraulic and worked (cf rod operated brakes in the 1936 car).