I recently saw this photo postcard on the Clacton & District Local History Society Facebook Group site – the owner has given me permission to reproduce it here.
It was captioned “Walton Congregational Church Mission” which did not ring any bells with me.
The reverse of the card proved that it had been posted in Walton on July 12th 1907 and that the photographer was Victor Turner a well known Walton man.
I was at a loss to know just where this photo was taken as it was clearly not at the church building.
I turned to a small booklet “The Story of Walton-on-Naze Congregational Church 1834 –1937” and I think I may have found the answer. Chapter Six refers to “The Work of the Naze Mission” and tells of how a number of church members including the Misses Tricker, who I remember as the owners of the High Street toy shop, “commenced a splendid piece of work in a room belonging to the late Mr. R. Warner. Services for children were held in the morning, a Sunday School in the afternoon and a Gospel Service in the evening.”
Robert Warner was the owner of the Naze Foundry and I am guessing that the building in the photo was either on the foundry site or could it have been the building which is now the Naze Baptist Church and was formerly the Foundry Canteen?