Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Lenton from the air in the 1920s

I have taken these three historic aerial photographs from a new online website called Britain from Above — a four year project aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most valuable photographs in the Aerofilms collection,  dating from 1919 to 1953. Once conserved, the photographs were scanned into digital format and  placed on this website for the public to see. The website launched recently with the first 10,000 images and is asking viewers to add additional information about the place shown in the photographs, as they currently have little information about the details in the images.
There are over 160 images of Nottingham and I have selected three which relate to Lenton in some way. The website will keep you occupied for hours!

This 1928 pic shows the Penn Avenue flats in Old Lenton. They were built in 1926 by Jesse Boot for his own employees and local residents whose homes were demolished to make way for Abbey Bridge road (which cuts across the bottom right-hand corner of the. The curving road behind is Church Street. Enlarged you can clearly see the Lenton war memorial and Albert Ball VC Memorial Homes. Then in the centre above the flats is Holy Trinity Church, Lenton's parish church. To the left of the church is Lenton Recreation Ground, much more open than it is today. An aerial photograph taken today would look very different!  

I have added a version of the above text to the online photograph, together with a pic of the flats I took in 2008.

A picture from 1928 of what was then the newly built University College, Nottingham. Again, what you notice is just how open the landscape is.

And this is Lenton Abbey from the south-west. Enlarge the map online and you can see Wollaton Hall in the top right-hand corner of the picture.

I have already been looking at other places I know. A great new, must see, website!

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