About this image
This postcard was sent in 1957 from Ida Hyde of New Mills at the house shown in DCHQ002120, although the image probably dates from around 1900. The landlord of the Bridge End Inn at the time was E Marsden (on the fascia board). (However, there is a very similar picture from Hayfield, showing the same two men in big hats and fake beards which says that the two are meant to be Robin Hood and Little John(!). The latter group at Hayfield are of the 'Ancient Order of Forester' (hence the association with Robin Hood), not Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. See DCHP000343 to compare the two pictures. It is probable that there are members of both groups in this photo.) An article on a history of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes can be seen at www.raobgle.org.uk). If anyone has any more information about the picture we would love to hear from you.