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Fascinated to discover this site, because it shows a considerable number of aerial views of the south Manchester area, where I grew up, as it was in the 1920s when much of it was still rural.
Most of the subsequent development took place during the 1930s and was before my time, but the last burst of building on green fields between the Mersey and the Bollin I do recall, because it happened during my primary school years in the early '50s when wartime building restrictions were finally lifted.
So I remember at least some bits and pieces which were still farms and open fields in my time; and the train services which ran, until Dr Beeching swung his axe, calling at railway stations - some of which were still lit by gas and oil and gave you LMS tickets! - which have long been obliterated by housing or light industry.
And some of the maps on sale then hadn't quite caught up with the latest house-building, and still showed the names of farms and lanes which had already vanished.
Soon no one, except a few local history buffs, will remember anything of the area as it used to be. So I thought it might be worthwhile, in this archive, to mark the lanes, farms and woods - especially in the Wythenshawe area and around Manchester Airport where the changes have been near-total - so that the photos do make some sort of sense to anyone who's managed to lay hold of an old map and tries to use it to interpret the photos.
Which has brought back some half-forgotten memories - including the thought that there can't now be that many people around who, like me, have walked along a field footpath that ran under the tarmac of the apron of the Airport's Terminal 2. Or along the centre of what's now the M60 motorway ...!