In pictures: Britain’s changing landscape from the air

Cambridge University has made a collection of aerial photographs available online. The Digital Library collection, described as the “historical Google Earth”, shows the changes in the built environment over the years since 1945.

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The Badbury Rings Iron Age hill fort in Dorset, taken in August 1947 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Richmond, North Yorkshire, photographed in July 1948 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Stokesay Castle in Shropshire from the air in July 1948 (Cambridge University/PA)
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This photo taken in November 1975 was used in Professor Martin Millett’s archaeological research of the Roman town at Aldeburgh in Suffolk, and shows its south-west defences and the surviving part of the amphitheatre (Cambridge University/PA)
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Another photo of Aldeburgh taken in July 1976, also used in Prof Millett’s archaeological research of the Roman town, shows the street grid (Cambridge University/PA)
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Aldeburgh in Suffolk in July 1955 (Cambridge University/PA)
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China clay workings, looking south-south-west, over Carnsmerry in Cornwall, in June 1949 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Dolgarrog, Denbigh, in July 1948 (Cambridge University/PA)
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The ancient monument complex of Thornborough Rings or Henges in North Yorkshire, taken in July 1948 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Construction of the M25 near Grays Thurrock, in Essex, in June 1979 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Newhaven Docks as they appeared from the air in August 1983 (Cambridge University/PA)
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A May 1972 picture of the docks at London’s Isle of Dogs (Cambridge University/PA)
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A steam train makes its way to London from Cambridge station in March 1959 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Arenig Fawr, Merioneth, in June 1948 (Cambridge University/PA)
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An aerial shot taken in June 1980 of the Thames Barrage at Woolwich Reach (Cambridge University/PA)
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Lulworth Cove, Dorset, pictured in June 1948 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Lynchets – ridges formed by ploughing in ancient times – at Worth Matravers, Dorset, photographed from the air in June 1948 (Cambridge University/PA)
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Liverpool in July 1964, looking north-east (Cambridge University/PA)
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Corfe Castle in Dorset in August 1947 (Cambridge University/PA)
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An October 1986 panorama of the River Thames – Bermondsey from Southwark Bridge (Cambridge University/PA)
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Cambridge, looking north-west, in June 1981 (Cambridge University/PA)
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