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grahame
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« on: April 16, 2018, 08:28:43 am »

Picking up on a Facebook post from our good friend and member RichardB, I learned that Britain from above images are now available for free download for personal use.   https://britainfromabove.org.uk

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 09:49:48 am »

Didcot (pre-Parkway) station 1928



The latter shows how little there was surrounding the station even approaching 90 years after it having been built.

There were plans to build more houses to the south of the station but this didn't happen until after the Second World War. Indeed much of the area shown here in the foreground was never built on and is now Julian's Car Park.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 11:34:07 am »

Grahame, Can't see anything on their website about this.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 11:52:37 am »

Grahame, Can't see anything on their website about this.

Search and find an image of interest, and you'll find a download button below it. Click that and you'll be offered the free download subject to the terms quoted above.     Here's a sample link:

https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW039885/download
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 11:55:15 am »

Ah.  Time to don the dunces hat Roll Eyes Tongue

Thanks Grahame.
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 11:58:48 am »

Grahame, Can't see anything on their website about this.

I'm not sure it's so very new - you can download the screen-resolution version, but not the full resolution image unless you pay. Given how much detail is in the pictures, about 1000 pixels doesn't show very much. Of course the originals may be a bit limited in fine detail anyway.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 12:07:08 pm »

I'm not sure it's so very new ...

It was new to me  Grin - and perhaps to our members.   Agreed it may have been there a while.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 04:39:47 pm »

The original images were typical high resolution vertical or oblique aerial photography, often used by local authorities (as they still do with digital aerial photography). Not sure what resolution they were scanned to.
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 06:19:16 pm »

I'm not sure it's so very new ...

It was new to me  Grin - and perhaps to our members.   Agreed it may have been there a while.

It was new to me as well - but also the cause of me spending an hour browsing this morning when I should have been working!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2018, 07:57:14 pm »

I have found these aerial images very useful in the past while working on a project. The 96,000+ online images are just part of the Historic England archives which are stored at the former GWR railway works site at Swindon, some of which are in the original drawing offices. It is also possible to visit the archives to view other images which are not available online.
https://www.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/photos/archive-services/
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