Category: Landscapes

  • Wyfordby

    Wyfordby - Oakham Canal - Lock 7 - Then and now

    Lock 7, Melton to Oakham Canal – 1967 With a photograph from David Tew’s book The Oakham Canal, first printed in 1968, I headed for Wyfordby, a few miles east of Melton Mowbray, in the valley of the River Eye. Paul Dadford of the Oakham Canal Green Corridor Project gave me some instructions to start: […]

  • Eastwell

    Eastwell - Newbridge Quarry - Then and now

    Newbridge Quarry – 1930s For about 80 years ironstone quarrying scarred the western and southern landscape outside Eastwell village. One of the areas, Newbridge Quarry, started near White Lodge and developed in a northerly direction and adjacent to the Waltham Road. Graham Doyle of Eastwell History Group comments: “It was worked from 1903, throughout the […]

  • Morvern

    Sound of Mull - Then and now

    Morvern, historically also spelt Morven, (Gaelic: A’ Mhorbhairne: the sea-gap) is the most southerly peninsula of the West Highland peninsulas. As a gateway by ferry to the Isle of Mull, it is bounded to the north by Loch Sunart and Glen Tarbert, on the south-east by Loch Linnhe and the south-west by the Sound of Mull. […]

  • Derbyshire

    Monsal Dale from Monsal Head - Then and now

    Earl Sterndale As a village in the Upper Dove Valley, Earl Sterndale is popular with walkers, as it lies close to the distinctive and only ‘real’ peaks in the Peak District: Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill. May 2020. Coming back from a hike along both hills our car is parked near Crowdecote Lane running southeast to the nearby […]

  • Hoby

    Hoby - View on village - Then and now

    View on the village – 1950s From Back Lane, a public footpath leads downhill to the pastures where the river Wreake slowly meanders from Melton Mowbray towards Leicester. Passing a second kissing gate and rambling along a muddy path, I reach a sharp bend. There, at a small brick bridge crossing a brook, I set […]

  • Aberdeenshire

    Loch Callater - Then and now

    Balmoral Castle Crathie Church Invercauld Bridge Loch Callater Loch Callater is an upland loch, hemmed in by mountains, with good views. Thomson visited Loch Callater during springtime when the snow, on the eastern situated mountains, was melting. He used them as a backdrop for his picture. Getting there he must have taken the footpath from […]