Due south

Following the recent interest in the Red, White and Blue pub in Springhill, near Sandhills, the wonderful Gareth Thomas from Lichfield District Council has been true to his word and gifted some fascinating aerial imagery of the area, and south to Mill Green and Aldridge.

Unlike the previous aerials, taken in 1963, these images were taken 8 years later in 1971 – at 2:56pm, Wednesday, 8th September to be precise.

As usual, please take a good look, and comment on anything you find. Gareth has supplied an embarrassment of riches, of which this is but a small selection. Please join with me in thanking him – it’s thanks to donations like this that we’re slowly but surely building up a record of our community history.

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Central and east Aldridge, Castlefort, Lazy Hill and Mill Green taken on 8th September 1971. Image kindly supplied by Gareth Thomas of Lichfield District Council, and reproduced with their permission. Click for a larger version.

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Shire Oak, Castlefort, Lazy Hill and Stonnall taken on 8th September 1971. Image kindly supplied by Gareth Thomas of Lichfield District Council, and reproduced with their permission. Click for a larger version.

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Shire Oak, Castle Hill, Springhill, Stonnall and Lynn taken on 8th September 1971. Image kindly supplied by Gareth Thomas of Lichfield District Council, and reproduced with their permission. Click for a larger version.

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Shire Oak, Springhill, Summerhill, Muckley Corner, Lynn and Warrenhouse taken on 8th September 1971. Image kindly supplied by Gareth Thomas of Lichfield District Council, and reproduced with their permission. Click for a larger version.

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5 Responses to Due south

  1. Andy Dennis says:

    Great stuff, Gareth! Thank you.

  2. peter says:

    Gareth and Bob, Thank you for these images, my particular interest is in Local History (rather than politics or Social Engineering and alike) so posts like this really are greatly appreciated. The last series that Gareth kindly provided were from 1963, 8 years may not seem a long time between the 2 but an awful lot happened in those 8 years and I’m betting some big differences that a lot of us have forgotten, I shall look at these in great detail. Some of the obvious points of interest straight away is Shire Ridge doesn’t exist, BlueBell road in Upper Stonnal is still a field, and the estate behind Walsall Wood Road going round to Lazy Hill is still under construction. Thanks again for the post, wonderful.
    Peter

  3. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    a huge thanks to Gareth, please. Some amazing ( and forgotten ) details!
    kind regards
    David

  4. Clive says:

    Great images Gareth and Bob, thank you.

  5. Laurence Thacker says:

    Fascinating, had a look to see if there were any crop marks at the site of the Staffordshire hoard but none visible although there appears to be a circular feature in the field to the right ?

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