Finely tuned aerials

Rather than do the drip-drip-drip thing with the wonderful aerial images shared by top geographic geek Gareth Thomas and Lichfield District Council, I’m going to share the whole set of 1:5,000 aerials of Chasewater and surrounds. All were taken in December, 1976, and show some remarkable detail.

Look out for the relatively treeless common, Chasewater lighthouse tower, spillway and mine works on the north shore. Also, note the remnants of the scrub between Coppice Lane/Engine Lane and the A5, where a huge grass fire had burnt the common to a cinder that summer.

Once again, thanks to Gareth and Lichfield District Council. Piece by piece, we are building a fine record of our history.

These images are huge, so please be patient. It’s taken me over two hours to upload them.

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3 Responses to Finely tuned aerials

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    these are very very interesting photos and I thank both Gareth for his kindness in suppying them and your goodself for your own hard work , too. Very much appreciated.
    kind regards
    David

  2. Clive says:

    Great photos, big thank you to Gareth and Bob.

  3. Clive says:

    Looking at the scorched earth round Engine Lane reminds me; Back in 1976 I was working at Carvers in Engine Lane, we were told to leave as the meadows round there were on fire and they asked for volunteers to help to stop the fire spreading. some of us went to help out. I have never seen grass and reeds burns so fast, some times we had to run as fast as we could to get away from the flames. The funny side of it was a chap we worked with got an eye full of smoke and walk away and to the back of us, draging his fire beating stick behind him, unfortunatly is stick was on fire and he was setting the grass on fire behind us. I believe someone said he did`nt know who is father was! I can remember smelling like a smoked mackrel and having a right stinking headache at the end of it.

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