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Glimpse into Knutsford's past
8:00am Sunday 6th July 2014 in News
KNUTSFORD is a town steeped in history and keen on conservation – but how much has it actually changed over the past century?
Thanks to new website, britainfromabove.org.uk, Knutsfordians can now catch a bird’s-eye glimpse of how the town looked almost 90 years ago.
The website currently features 12 fascinating aerial photos of locations across the town, including the prison and court house, Brook Street, Drury Lane, the town centre, and Booths Hall.
The images are from two sets of film, one dating from 1927 and the second from 1950.
Britain from Above website launched on June 25 and the collection is made up of thousands of photographs from locations across the UK, which all date from 1919-1953.
Users can download images, customise their own themed photo galleries, share personal memories, and add information to enrich the understanding of the images.
They are also invited to identify the locations of a number of ‘mystery’ images that have left experts stumped.
Rebecca Bailey, Head of Education and Outreach at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) said, “The history of Aerofilms is inextricably linked to the history of modern Britain. The original pilots and photographers were veterans of the First World War, and they brought specialist skills learned in the conflict to the task of capturing the nation from the air.
“Between 1919 and 1953, there was vast and rapid change to the social, architectural and industrial fabric of Britain, and Aerofilms provides a unique and at times unparalleled perspective on this upheaval.
“We hope that people today will be able to immerse themselves in the past through the new website, adding their own thoughts and memories to this remarkable collection.”
To view the St John the Baptist Church and the town centre photo on Britain frm Above website click here.
To view the prison and Court House photo on Britain frm Above website click here.