A Bird's Eye View of Town and Country; Time to Remember : ARCHIVE Pictures from the Air - and How You Can Order Your Very Own Copies of Welsh History

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), October 9, 2001 | Go to article overview

A Bird's Eye View of Town and Country; Time to Remember : ARCHIVE Pictures from the Air - and How You Can Order Your Very Own Copies of Welsh History


MOST people know certain South Wales landmarks very well. But. . . their view is most likely to be restricted to street level. Over the following pages are images of Cardiff, Newport and other places in South Wales taken from the air. All the pictures are from the 1960s or earlier. See if you can pick out shops or houses you knew. Perhaps you might find an old workplace. What's more, you can buy prints at pounds 11.75p each.

The archive pictures were taken by Simmons Aerofilms, the world's oldest aerial photography company. Simmons Aerofilms was established in 1919 by former pilots of the Royal Flying Corps - later the Royal Air Force using skills they developed in World War I. Simmons now has a collection of more than 2.2 million photographs covering all of the United Kingdom. The price is per photograph, inclusive of postage and packing. To order, make a note of the reference number at the top left of the photographs. Then, you need to telephone Sue Ryall or Alistair Simmons on 01934 732122 if you wish to make an order by credit card. If you wish to order by postal order or cheque, telephone the same number for payment inquiries. Please DO NOT send cheques or telephone the Echo as we are not able to process or forward any orders.

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A149590 FINE FORTRESS Aerial pictures, like this one taken in 1965 of Caerphilly Castle, provide a whole new view to well-known landmarks, streets and towns. Clear here is the castle's size and the massive water defences. R14435 CITY CENTRE Queen Street, running from bottom right to top left, in 1951. The white building on the bottom left is the Rose and Crown pub, demolished in 1974 and replaced by Coopers, now Barfly. R24257 URBAN SPLENDOUR Cardiff in 1955. The Prudential Building, currently the Hilton, can be seen next to the remains of Herbert House, an Elizabethan manor. Capital Tower now occupies the site. 41269 SPORTING ARENA Ninian Park, in 1934. On the right is the old Grange End roof, and on the left is the Canton End cover. The Bob Bank, where it once cost a shilling to stand, is still uncovered. 41268 CALL OUT THE DOGS Sloper Road Greyhound Track. Mick the Miller set a track record of 29.54 seconds here, and 40,000 watched the Welsh Greyhound Derby here in 1928. …

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