• Melton Mowbray

    Melton Mowbray

    North Railway Station – 1970 The so-called Beeching’s cuts of British railways swept across the country in the mid-1960s, dismantling 4,000 miles of railway tracks and closing one-third of the 7,000 railway stations. Lots of them were demolished, with the much-loved architectural Melton Mowbray North railway station buildings and the nearby Scalford Road bridge among […]

  • Fort William

    Fort William

    Since 2021, photographer and historical researcher Estelle Slegers Helsen wanders around Lochaber in the footsteps of the Scottish photographer W.S. Thomson MBE (1906-1967). She takes photographic remakes roughly 75 years after Thomson initially captured the landscape and talks to local people along her journey. This is the first article, with the 19th article added at […]

  • Wycomb


    Stowleigh – 1900s For 18 months since this series has been running, I have been looking for a postcard or old picture with a street view of Wycomb, a hamlet north of Melton Mowbray. Last month my patience was rewarded when getting in touch with Janice and Will Pickard. Browsing through family documents, which they […]

  • Stapleford


    Stapleford Park – 1960s The miniature railway, roaring lions, and small ship rides on the park lakes. These are three scenes etched on people’s memory who has been living in the wider Stapleford area in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. For Sally Hatton, Stapleford Park was her place of birth: “My gran was in service […]

  • Rotherby


    Main Street – All Saint Church – 1920s At first sight, the three main subjects in the old postcard – cottage, church and trees – still dominate the remake. Although there are some changes. Rose Cottage on the left-hand side got a front gable extension, and a car-wide entrance replaced a small single porch, keeping […]