More than 15,000 images from one of the earliest and most significant collections of aerial photography of the UK, including Herefordshire, are now available to view online.
Britain from Above, a new website launched by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales, features images from the Aerofilms Collection, an archive of over 1 million aerial photographs, dating from 1919 to 1953 and covering the countryside, industrial and urban landscapes, iconic landmarks and villages and coastal scenes.
The city of Hereford boasts a few photographs, taken mainly above the Cathedral, but also featuring High Town and the Victoria Bridge / Castle Green area, all taken in 1921.
|Commercial Road, leading into High Town|
One enlightened member has also created a Hereford group, and has uploaded some more gems, such as a couple of shots of the railway station at Barr’s Court Road (c. 1933) and the aerodrome (c. 1945).
|The River Wye by Fiddler's Green|
As for the rest of Herefordshire, the towns of Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye are also covered extensively, and the photographer also meandered above the River Wye and took a few snaps along the way. Other landmarks include Eastnor Castle, the Malverns and Colwall, all taken in 1920/1.
Further afield, aerial photos of Worcester, Gloucester, Monmouth, Abergavenny, Hay-on-Wye, Ludlow and Great Malvern can be found.
All in all, this website provides a fascinating glimpse into the interwar period from a unique perspective and is definitely worth a look!