About the group Britain has changed since the early days of Aerofilms. Help us collect images of all kinds of building sites - do you know what it looks like today?
Created 11 May 2012
Oops, the reference to Prestwich should have read Crumpsall, better get the correction in before any eagle-eyed member spots the error!
thanks for your post. I would say that the fact that your house will be build a few years later in the same spot is not an excuse but a very good reason to post the image!
Maybe we should open a new category in this group to collect images which show the building sites where the houses of users will be or are being built ... I can't compete, unfortunately, the house I currently live in was already built when the picture was taken in 1920.
Here's an extract from EPW017525 showing houses under construction in 1927 in Crumpsall, north Manchester. My only excuse for posting this is that my 1930's semi now stands where the (rather boggy, I suspect) green fields are shown to the left of the picture. In 1938 Bowker Vale railway station opened to serve the new estates and fill in the gap between Heaton Park and Prestwich on the Manchester - Bury line, now of course if's part of the Metrolink tram system. Incidentally I greatly enjoyed reading the reminiscences of Baguley and Wythenshawe posted by other group members.
Thanks for the tip, BruceR! Here's the image. I find it shows particularly well how people still prefer the direct way to all the planned rectangular road works - you can see the paths they made as well as the actual streets!
There are a couple of planned factory towns on the Wirral. Port Sunlight is the best known, it still stands next to the Lever Brothers factory, now Unilever. I think you can just see it in the top right of this picture.
Also Prices Candles had a workers village, which can be seen here. ..
Indeed, fine example of the human temperament and the planners art not fitting too well. There was much further development, including completing the elongated roundabout seen in the centre of the picture. It is evident in modern aerial pictures of Letchworth, although the "cutting the corner" footpaths have gone.
This is another image that I find very interesting for this category... If you click on 'see image record', you will find that lots of people have already pinned the image, noting all the different industries that rapidly grew before the beginning of WW2 in this place - quite obviously after this image was taken!
I do find the concept of Garden Cities generally quite interesting but don't personally know a lot about them - has anybody come across collection images of other planned cities across the country yet?
Sir Ebenezer Howard (1850 –1928) is known for his publication Garden Cities of To-morrow (1898), the description of a utopian city in which people live harmoniously together with nature.
This resulted in Welwyn and Letchworth garden cities near London. The ideas were also used in relation developments, such as Bournville by the Cadburys in Birmingham and the Rowntrees in York. I have annotated EPW001104 Bournville.
The concept of the garden city is in contrast to the planned city. There are numerous examples of geometric developments in the Britain from Above collection, for example Billingham EPW032188. However, these do not always carry with them the philosophical approach to the relationship between those dwelling in the garden city and the landscape. For example, Cadbury insisted that the housing provided for workers in the chocolate factory should include a garden with an apple tree, thus encouraging a productive relationship with the land. Indeed, many of the Bournville’s houses might be described as cottages, reminiscent of those built on the more well-found English country estates from the shire countries. The garden city was attempting to bring the country to the town.
There are a few of Letchworth like this one ..
A better view of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral under construction.
Look at the top right of the picture to see Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral under construction.
MacFalane Lang was one of the companies that became United Biscuits, the company that makes McVities and a number of other well known brands.
For a while this was the site of the HQ. The site is now occupied by Sky News and a Tesco superstore.
The Aerofilms Collection has many photos showing housing estates under construction. But we don't know where this one is!
Hi Class31, thanks for helping us with identifying this picture! Your new identification will have gone through to our Cataloguing Team who will be getting back to you in due course. I did like the sound of that Portuguese Cafe you mentioned, too ...
I can now confirm that I have identified this photograph as the Pinner Road area of Northwood in Metroland. Please see the listing for full details.
I was really interested to discover this site and especially the images annotated by John Ellis.
I grew up in a house rented by my parents from the Lamb family of Baguley. It was a market garden business. I can remember the long heated greenhouses of tomatoes, bedding plants and beautiful crysanthemums grown for sale. Our house was about 250 years old. It had an attached wash-house with privy, a pebbled yard in front and a barn opposite where the tractor was kept. There were the old horse harnesses on the wall of the barn. The Cottage, Butcher Lane was demolished in the late 1960s I think.
Interesting to read your recollections, Cath. I effectively moved away in 1964, when I went off to university and life, and with it my focus of interest, changed radically. I was away for almost exactly twenty years, and when I came back, my childhood and teenage haunts had of course changed radically too.
But up to autumn 1964 I used to cycle regularly round and about the Baguley/Timperley border area, as it was the nearest bit of open countryside still surviving close to where I grew up. I remember Butcher Lane and Sandy Lane pretty well: the tree-shrouded bit north of the railway line, the railway bridge itself which was still cobbled, and then the drop down to Shady Lane at the south end, with little Butcher Farm on the east side near the junction.
But I can't recall "the Cottage" - was it the house at the end of the track, opposite Sandy Lane? I recall long greenhouses close by there, in the triangular block of land east of Baguley railway station which was bounded by Butcher Lane, Shady Lane and Altrincham Road; and long lines of lettuces in the early summer grown in the open. And the rhubarb field between the station forecourt and Brooks Drive ...
Thought it might be worth joining this group, having spotted Sandra Brauer's contribution - I grew up on the fringes of Wythenshawe, and am old enough to remember some of the last open fields, farms and market gardens - and when you could still catch passenger trains from Northenden and Baguley stations.
Over the last few weeks I've annotated the various shots of Wythenshawe (including what's now the airport) and some immediately surrounding areas with the names of roads, farms, woods, features, &c., many of which are now long vanished; there's been such radical change since the late 1920s that people familiar with the area as it is now might struggle to recognize anything. A bit like doing a jig-saw, but way more fun ...
No - farm gate sales were less common back in the late '50s and early '60s, though I do remember a couple of farms in Dunham Massey, west of Altrincham (not an area caught on these photographs) which sold potatoes in bulk.
Nothing so glossy as farm shops - you saw the sign at the farm entrance, drove in the yard, and just knocked on the back door. And you bought them in 56lb sacks, like it or lump it - no small size option. But they were cheap, in comparison with shop prices.
Rather more common at that time in the market gardens which predominated over arable or dairy farming in the rural pockets in by then mainly urbanized areas like Timperley and Baguley was the sale, in spring and early summer, of bedding plants to surburbanites keen on having a colourful garden. Quite a lot of nurserymen went in for that.
Along with the sale of rhubarb (known humorously as "Baguley beef") which grew really well locally; there's even a variety of rhubarb called "Timperley Early" because it was developed locally. Every market garden had a rhubarb field, or at least a patch alongside the long straight lines of lettuces and cabbages.
Well, welcome to the group, John Ellis! You are right, the group is also about how the quiet countryside changed into a Britain we are more familiar with today. It's great to hear about your memories of the rural character of the area you grew up in - I assume you spent a lot more time roaming fields and meadows when you were younger? And did they used to sell food from the farms, just like they seem to do everywhere nowadays? Pleased to hear that you have enjoyed using the website so far!
Bringing materials to construction sites…. These pictures offer an illustration of a common practice in the 1920s. Build a new suburban railway through the country around London and then use it to bring in the materials to build houses for people who will become the customers of the new railway.
To the right (east) of the railway may been seen a system of temporary sidings that carried building materials onto the new housing estate. In the lower right-hand corner of the picture is a string of open wagons, the light colour suggesting that they might be carrying sand or gravel. While one line connects to the railway another is curving off into the estate.
The full extent of these sidings beyond the edge of the picture can be seen at the top of EPW017380
This picture includes a feature to be found on large building sites at this time - as system of railway sidings bring materials very close to the construction of the houses. Clearly it was easier to lay railway tracks directly onto the ground to bring in materials than to try and move them over the site in small motor vehicles. The sidings can be seen between rows of materials and carry a number of groups of wagons.
There are other views in this set of pictures that illustrate the extent of the system.
This photograph captures not only our famous Terry's factory under construction, but the nearby church of St Chad on Campleshon Road.
Thanks for this contribution, YorkStories! It's somehow really sad but also admittedly fascinating to follow up like this on the lifespan of a building. Do you happen to know what is planned to replace these buildings after their 86 years in the service of producing chocolate?
... and this year parts of the factory were being demolished (not the handsome iconic buildings, which are being retained) - photo taken on 29 March 2012
The only "unlocated" shot in the particular flight in April 1927 which covered the localities south of Manchester. The camera takes in a view to the east, with the then hamlet of Poundswick (it was just west of the present Wythenshawe Civic Centre)in the foreground, Brownley Green in the middle distance, Crossacres beyond, and with the line of Styal Road at the top of the photograph.
The picture shows the untouched countryside before a housing estate was developed which nowadays sits in a mostly urbanised area south of Manchester.
It looked prettier back then!
This is an image of how the Benchill area appears today.
A good example of 'recycling' temporary structures ... find out more from the Wiki entry of this image!
This photo is just phenomenal.
More people, more houses, more plumbing, more sewage...
The detail on this photo is amazing. There are houses at every stage, from mere foundations to just completed. Zoom in to look at the scaffolding!
These new houses are going up in Ilkley. All of the fields in the photo were eventually built on.
There aren't any photos of building sites in this group yet - here a very detailed image of the construction of quite a big hall for the film studios!
The main focus of the photo are the building sites. However, if you look more closely, you can identify people playing tennis on the numerous courts in the park!