The day after

Following on from the excellent response to my post of last week, featuring the fascinating 1963 aerial photo of Chasewater’s south shore, I’ve decided to post two more of the collection which should provide some interesting talking points for readers.

These images are from Lichfield District Council’s archives, and have been very kindly scanned and supplied by top council officer Gareth Thomas. Again, I can’t thank him for his wonderful act enough. All eight images in the set are fascinating, and there will be more to come.

Interestingly, the image of Chasewater’s northern shores – showing, if I’m honest, a shockingly deserted and mining-scarred north heath – was actually taken the day after the one featured last week, on Monday, 10th June 1963. Nobody appears to be around, although it’s clearly midday, as the only shadows being cast are shallow and to the north.

In contrast, the photo of Ogley Hay and the south-west corner of Hammerwich was taken on the same Sunday as the Southern Chasewater one, which seems to suggest the pilot was sweeping from east to west, or vice versa. It seems to have been taken in the afternoon, and again, contains some great triggers for discussion.

I thank Gareth for his wonderful donation, and please don’t hesitate to have your say; either comment here of BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

Northern Chasewater and Chasewtown. Taken on Monday, 10th June, 1963, and reproduced by kind permission of Lichfield District Council, 2012. Click for a larger version. A full quality PDF can be downloaded below.

Nothern Chasewater and Chasetown, PDF format, Monday 10th June 1963

Hammerwich and Ogley Hay. Taken on Monday, 10th June, 1963, and reproduced by kind permission of Lichfield District Council, 2012. Click for a larger version. A full quality PDF can be downloaded below.

Hammerwich and Ogley Hay, PDF format, Monday 10th June 1963

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7 Responses to The day after

  1. Barry Carpenter says:

    Interesting, while looking at the hoard field. Then comparing with Google Earth. There is a field boundary that crosses the A5 that cuts across the hoard field. I’ve read that if a boundary is continuous on either side of a Roman road then its likely that the boundary is possibly pre-Roman. In other words, the Romans built over top of a hedge row. The boundary is long gone but can be seen as a shadow on GE, The hoard came from very close to this hedge line?

  2. David Evans says:

    HI Bob
    two very interesting photos.Many thanks. Good to see the motor-cycle scrambling track in Wharf Lane.(lower photo;top left ) I wonder if readers have photos of events that took place there?

  3. Clive says:

    Nice photos, thank you Gareth Thomas, Staffordshire council, and Bob.

  4. Clive says:

    Sorry Gareth that should be many thanks to Lichfield District Council’s archives
    your good self, and Bob,. its been a hard week.

  5. Hi Clive, Thank you, but all thanks must go to Brownhills Bob for doing excellent blogs on these images.

    Its fab to see people enjoy them and I am completely fascinated by the historical comments people are making. It makes the images that much better.

    We knew Mr Bob would do a good job with them! 🙂

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