Sunday, 24 April 2016
Now and Then
I'm part of a group on Facebook that posts photos of local places as they are now compared to in the past. And this week I was particularly struck by this old photo from nearby West Wycombe (posted by a lady called Susie Chester):
And the reason it struck me is because it's almost exactly the spot where I filmed the promotional video for this book. It' in Church Lane looking down towards Church Loft. Here's a still:
All of the buildings in the older photo are still there and so is the pump that you can see the children using. It's still in situ outside the old vicarageal though it's not in use any more. It too features in the video:
There are also some lovely old photos of Church Lane looking up the hill:
And me, wittering on, in the same place:
Isn't it lovely when things are preserved like that?
And isn't it fantastic that someone took the time to collate all of these images onto a public access site? We're very lucky around here to have the SWOP - Sharing Wycombe's Old Photographs - site. Every town and village and city should be lucky enough to have their own equivalent.
52% funded and creeping steadily towards that magic 100%.
Ah, if only we could sprint!