Aerial photos of Bath – first published in the Bath Chronicle “Down Memory Lane” feature during 2001 and initially taken by the Aerofilm company. With thanks to our lovely client Russell, who found these at the bottom of his wardrobe whilst moving and wanted to donate them to our collection! Each photo has a brief description or navigation note below.
The Western Riverside in 1948 – to help you navigate, Tennyson Rd is at the bottom left and the Pitman Press site on the Lower Bristol Rd is at the top middle of the photo. The edge of the Stothert & Pitt site is at the top left.
Southgate in 1972 – The Forum is easily recognisable on the left of the photo and Bog Island is at the top right. Works are taking place in this photo to construct the first Southgate development (now long gone and replaced with Version 2)
Royal Crescent in 1953 – St Andrews Church on the top left was demolished shortly after this photo was taken following severe damage in the Bath Blitz. The lawns below the Crescent are still marked out with Dig for Victory allotment plots.
Snow Hill in 1962 – Halfway through the estate construction and a wonderful view of the curving roads above in Camden (Seymour Rd and Belgrave Crescent) and the long riverside gardens of Walcot Terrace/Buildings.
The Recreation Ground in 1974 – at the time, cricket reigned supreme at the Rec before Bath Rugby occupied the western end of the Ground and the Sports Centre is in the middle of construction – the pool building is about to have the roof put on.
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