Blacknest Gate, Windsor
A card published by H.E.Ree of
Sunninghill, showing Blacknest Gate in Windsor Great Park. Postmark
not clear but from around WW1 era.
Another view from a similar period,
hand-tinted, this time featuring the top-hatted gate-keeper.
Blacknest Gate in February 2003
I recall driving into the park on a number
of occasions in the 1960s when the white park gates shown below
were equipped with 'push plates' at the height of a car's bumper.
It was quite easy, though took some courage, to drive slowly
up to the gates, nudge the plates with the bumper, then accelerate
through the gates which would swing wide open for you to pass
through, then swing back to close behind you. With the large
thick steel and chrome bumpers of older cars, this was a safe
enough exercise, though one was always wary of the chance that
the gates would swing back and crash into both sides of the car
at once. Quite a tale to tell an insurance company! Luckily it
never happened to me!