Aerial Photographs

Historic England: RAF/Ordnance Survey – aerial photographs (1932)

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The photographs that are available in this collection for Hickling date from 1932:

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The best way to view these images is to click on the link to Historic England and to zoom in on the original images – the first large image at the top of this section is an embedded version of the image of Hickling village (click to enlarge). Alternatively you can click on the images above and use the zoom function on your computer but the picture quality isn’t as sharp.

University of Cambridge: Britain from the air – 1945-2009

“For decades, former RAF pilots – some decorated war heroes – took to the skies of Britain at the instruction of legendary Cambridge archaeologist JK St Joseph in a unique project to map the changing face of the UK via the university’s remarkable Committee for Aerial Photography. The photographs, covering almost every corner of the UK, bring back to life a disappeared Britain and capture the loss of our industrial heritage, the destruction of ridge and furrow landscapes unchanged for centuries, and the emergence of motorways, skyscrapers and modern cityscapes. The earliest photographs, numbering in the hundreds, date back to 1945 – but the project took off in earnest in 1947 when, over the course of the year, more than 2,000 aerial images were captured. The Committee continued to borrow RAF planes and pilots until the University bought its own Cessna Skymaster in 1965.”

We understand that there are photographs of Upper Broughton from 1947 but we haven’t found any for Hickling: if you can help us, please contact us using this link.

Clawson Lane Junction c.1960s:

Photograph courtesy of M Sharpe and C Marler)

Clawson Lane/Main Street (c.1960s)

Unfortunately, the photo is undated, but it contains a car that looks like it could be a 1950s Wolseley, so the photo could be from the early/mid 1960s; it is likely to be a very early example of this kind of photograph.

The photo shows (clockwise from top right):

  • The west end of Longridge
  • The land where Fairholme is now built
  • What was The Cottage and The Little Cottage (now just The Cottage)
  • March’s Farm
  • The farm buildings that are now Richmond Cottage

Opposite the latter three are:

  • The buildings that are now The Olde Barn
  • Beech House

Finally, to the top left of the photo are the farm buildings that are now:

  • The Byre
  • The Barn

From the Wadkin Archives: