This advertising postcard was owned by veteran Wainfleet builder, Mr J S Turner, who worked on the present-day Sea View Pub.
The drawing shows a three-storied house with six chimneys, and the beach opening out from its front door.
The card announces (under H Dunkley, builder Wainfleet ‘prop’) that the house has a good view of the German Ocean.
On the reverse was the information that rooms are let during the season for not less that a fort-night, with good stabling and coach house thrown in; not to mention ”experienced cook kept on the premises”.
Terms ranged from £2 5s per week for large sitting room with one double bad and one single bedroom, to £1 15s per week for a small sitting room with two bedrooms on the ground floor.
Visiting parties could be supplied with extra bedrooms as required.
Advert for Sea View Villas in the Stamford Mercury 25th May 1866:
Advert for Sea View Hotel in the Stamford Mercury 21st May 1875, after extensions were added to the original building:
This photograph was taken in 1877 and shows the extensions:
Also taken in 1877, these are photographs of a selection of visiting parties (some American):
The original Sea View Mansions building still stands today, including the grand doorway:
More about the Dunkley Family and their Staff compiled by Stephen Briggs of The Village (formerly Church Farm Museum)