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BASED IN PLYMOUTH, UK "CITY OF HERITAGE DESTRUCTION"
Our "City Fathers" (loose term) saying goodbye to HMS Plymouth, public access, sorry; any access at all!!.. to Drakes Island, allowing the the Palace Theatre to decompose as an excuse to demolish it, the Plymouth Dome on the Hoe being closed down, saying please let me knock you down to the 1960s iconic Civic Centre, yes, that's when we had a proud Plymouth, the Mayflower Steps allowed to be falling down...what did the founding Pilgrim Fathers do for Plymouth anyway, ok, they just left and helped found one of the greatest countries ever, the United States...so?....is that near Exeter? not forgetting the Park Pharmacy driven from the city limits, & destroying any other possible heritage on sight, BUT now we have risen to the glorious crowning monstrous carbuncle of Plymuff-ness, "to haste with the contrived closure of Plymouth City Airport"!!!....because what's wrong with the train? Nothing, just the association of the word "hours" when used with journey times, and filth, litter, messy toilets, & no seats!!..no seats as where once trains had 11 carriages, now they have 5..maybe 2!
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BY POPULAR REQUEST:ABOVE: this scan of Penlee Battery near Plymouth Sound - taken in 1920`s at start of Admiral`s Cup Yacht Race. Alternative scan here and a lovely wild orchid growing on site is here. Please note that this is the best scan I can do. The two sailing vessel photos are from the CD collections, (see below notices), sample images can be downloaded by clicking on them - about 1.2mb
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What is "now?" An instant in space-time! These two images of Brading Signal Box on the Isle of Wight show well the effect of time, from 1986 to 2006. We have had two Gulf Wars, 9/11, Lady Di`s death, my son becoming a man, meeting my wife - becoming grandparents, myself ageing, wrinkles, grey hair , the death of my mother, and now my father, two Grandsons born - so this is time....
Apologies again, again & again for some of the sites going down. This is a server issue of which I have no control, however, the long term plan is as from January 2013, to allow my accounts with these dodgy ISPs to lapse, & and then start again with better ISPs...now as most contracts are for 2 years, this means that some sites will be down possibly until 2015, then I will re-upload them to other providers - as I have paid for these dodgy providers already, I can't afford to pay twice, hence the need to let my accounts expire before I start a fresh.
STOP PRESS AUGUST 2017
I hope you all like this. Ultra hi res scan from a contact print off a glass plate negative by Jonathan Hill. BARN POOL, GARDEN BATTERY, MOUNT WISE, STONEHOUSE POOL, WESTERN& EASTERN KINGS and the PLYMOUTH hinterland behind. Te original scan is 40mb, too big to host here, but this shrunk version is still pretty good. The top photo is the very high res one, the 2 smaller ones are too give you a taste. Enjoy.
STOP PRESS JULY 2017
Web space issues continue, but with rising costs for web space, most of my material now goes up on my FACEBOOK page where I can upload loads for free! Check it out, you don't need to belong to Face Book. First of all a stunning tribute to our Veterans of D Day and all other theatres by Wes Ashton who has the SHADOWS OF OUR PAST Facebook page, well worth a visit. Now some large HD images for you. This image below is to me, one of the best, if not the best I have ever seen on this theme. Moving along we have a cracking photo of MARSH MILLS in PLYMOUTH showing the LAIRA BATTERY and EFFORT FORT. Both now largely overgrown, but intact especially below ground, you can easily see the strategic location of these fortification works. Next is FORT PICKLECOMBE, now flats. Then a very detailed and busy image of MOUNT WISE, DEVONPORT, PLYMOUTH showing that once it was public swimming pool area , which it still is, but not looking like this! Next is another busy and hectic scene on the pebble beach of MOUNT BATTEN to the east of PLYMOUTH with STAMFORD FORT looking down from above. Now we are going to but a ticket on the public foot ferry from TURNCHAPEL, across the CATTEWATER to PHOENIX WHARF, PLYMOUTH, even today you can do this trip, but with a slightly different pick up and put down location. Off to PENLEE POINT now in SE Cornwall, note the steam powered foghorn and the large concrete steps that formed part of the landing stage for the guns at PENLEE BATTERY. Lastly one of my favorite areas, BRIDGEND between NEWTON FERRERS and NOSS MAYO near PLYMOUTH, DEVON. Check out the HIDDEN HERITAGE Facebook page too.
STOP PRESS FEBRUARY 2017
Lots and lots of new stuff including great film of the US forces in Plymouth, prior to D Day and much more. Very high res photo of BOVISAND and FORT BOVISAND and the STADDON HEIGHT DEFENCES from c1930/40s. Very high photographs of ORESTON RAILWAY STATION and YEALMPTON RAILWAY STATION c 1950s, early 1960s. A look at the wartime visit of GENERAL DEGAULLE to PLYMOUTH and his visit to the Surcouf and the only land based, UK, action of WORLD WAR 2. Recently a hoard of WORLD WAR 2 no 76 SIP grenades were found in busy Plymouth, that cased traffic chaos.......also here.
STOP PRESS DECEMBER 2016
I am putting most of my new stuff, and there is LOADS!!! on Facebook, as is free, and I have run out of web space, check it out here CYBERHERITAGE FACE BOOK PAGE Hundreds of new images...but for today, a hi res image of DEVONPORT MOUNT WISE, in its prime, SIGNAL COTTAGE at WESTERN KINGS, STONEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH in 1971, thanks to Rob Legge, PENLEE POINT FOGHORN, ELECTRIC LIGHT, AND OBSERVATION POST, again 1971 and thanks to Rob Legge - both very hi res. Also hi res of the TORPOINT FERRY and HMS DEFIANCE.
STOP PRESS OCTOBER 2015
Great images here of Plymouth's Efford Fort, before it was all overgrown, large calibre artillery on the range at Staddon Heights in 1908 (now golf course)..is the mound on the left one of the still existing rifle firing positions facing the still there Butt, Jennycliff Cafe c pre 1960s? built within the gun positions of Lord Howard's Battery & a super shot of the chequerboard paint work on Plymouth's Breakwater Fort, so painted so it would not be shot it by mistake by our own fleet and own coastal batteries, so an early hi-vis job! Thanks to Michelle Joce & Philip Doidge.
STOP PRESS SEPTEMBER 2015
Andy Amor has been flying over Devon and Cornwall, lots of lovely aerials here: River Exe showing Parson & Clerk at Dawlish/Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren, Starcross and Exmouth...2, Goonhilly Earth Station, Bude...2, Tintagel..2..., Portwrinkle, Perranporth, Watergate Bay, Camel Estuary. Now Andy is flying over Wales and we have Porth, the Severn Bridge, the Ramsey Island rapids...2....3....4, Gorllewin Cymru Island, HMS Monmouth returns to "Gus"..or is it "Guz" - Devonport & passes Drakes Island & Western Kings....2, HMS Raleigh at Trevol. Here is 1968 photo of Plymouth City Centre taken from Cattedown and Victoria Wharves. HM Submarines Orpheus and Narwhal are seen here in 1975. Millbay Docks seen here in the late 1960s. Am amazing image here c1970s of Plymstock Cement Works - this scene is now 100% gone!
STOP PRESS AUGUST 2015
I am very sad to record the passing of Plymouth wreck diver and historian, Peter Mitchell at the young age of 68. Peter of "Submerged Productions" was a huge inspiration to me in the late 1980s and early 1990s through his videos and fantastic "Wreckers Guide" books. Peter inspired me and a host of others including my then very young son, Dom. Peter was a great guy, a helper, a do-er, he really loved and lived heritage. He leaves a wife and son. Without the support and influence of Peter, it is very probable that Cyberheritage would never have been born. Peter will live on through his DVDs, his Wreckers Guide books and his web site, www.submerged.co.uk
A stunning shot looking towards Plymouth Sound from Penlee Villas - now very much an urban area, this looks like it was a semi rural paradise - well if you were rich anyway. Thanks to Malc McCarthy of Padstow.
Andy Amor has been flying over the D Day beaches in Northern France & The Needles. We see here that the Mulberry Harbours are still doing their work - look how the sea is so much calmer behind the Mulberries than in front. The other shot is of an unknown invasion beach, & note the wetlands behind the beach that caused the US Airborne Forces so much loss. Children wait for the school bell at the "old" Stoke Damerel Junior School - including my son c 1988. Coal boat "Renee" has a tight squeeze as she enters Sutton Pool in 1968, another 1968 view of the Cattewater with a smoky Prince Rock Power Station and the Greek vessel "Aries." Millbay Docks seen here in these 1968-75 views. More early 1970s photos of Millbay Docks, Cattewater & Sutton Harbour here including that famous cable ship - John W Mackay. RAF Mount Batten seen here in 1975 before it was butchered and almost all heritage removed by PCC, Lawrence of Arabia? whose he? A short video here of my contribution to the book "Memories of the Falklands." - read by my wife Karen.
STOP PRESS JULY 2015
3 VIDEOS...Wes Ashton of Hidden Heritage discusses his recent metal detecting finds with Hidden Heritage founder, Paul Diamond...below is a recent example of his finds, a purse, complete. See 3 videos of Wes "opening" lost purses found in Plymouth...1.......2.........3....Linda Hardie talks about her wartime childhood underground at Whitsands Bay Battery. The silence of RAME, 1....2....3..... Five videos here made for local TV looking at the Plymouth Blitz and Underground Air Raid Shelters....1.........2........3..........4...........5...
Plymouth Central Park seen from the air c 1975 is here. Here we see Antony Ferry Passage in 1980/81, while here is Rame Head in 1969 and1980/81. ..and also here...and here, nothing changes. A 1970 portrait of my old friend Susan Fisher. This is an early 1990s look at the Palace Theatre in Union Street, Plymouth. This is a World War 2 air raid shelter complete as built with ventilation system and door entry structures, unique. Old black and white, but "live" TV images of the time of Apollo 17, 1972. Plymouth Airport with Paul Mc Cartneys cousin in 1971. Mount Wise seen in late 1890s, or early 1900s. Last day of the Drake Cinema, Plymouth, 1999. Making cider in Cornwall in 1979...scrumpy. The Falkland Conflict photos of RFA Cadet Lamerton. Sailing in Plymouth Sound late 1890s or early 1900s. Here is fun on the Hoe around the same time, and here at Eastern Kings. LUTON AIRPORT 1981, STANSTED AIRPORT 1981 & HEATHROW AIRPORT 1980s. Graffiti here of Hitler with a RAF bomb sticking out of his head, Hyde Park School, Plymouth. HMS CAMBRIDGE seen here in 1998, now gone. Plymouth "CITY" Airport was born in 1987, have a look at their STOL day. ..look here for their executive jets!! Hexton Quay air raid shelter is seen here in the 1990s. The time capsule of Defiance Estate, Torpoint is seen here in 1990.
STOP PRESS JUNE 2015
A look at Raglan Barracks, Plymouth c1900. It is 1982 and a little boy asks "is Daddy coming home?" ...from the Falklands. Amazing photo here, c1900 of armament at Grenville Battery, Cawsand Bay. Her we have a 9.5mm, 1920s cine film of Looe and Polpero & Plymouth. Still in 1900s, 2 little girls and their mum on the path down to Freathy Beach, Whitsands, Here we have a very rare view of underground of the Devonport "Dock" Lines. WW2 anti parachutist/anti glider poles at Hameldown, Dartmoor. Flying around Drakes Island in 1980. A nice look at the Eddystone Lighthouse in all it's glory. The derelict conning tower of HM Submarine Statesman.
Wes Ashton an associate of local and very successful community heritage group, Hidden Heritage has been kind enough to let me show you this "timeslip" photos...then and now, the A8 submarine funeral procession to Ford Park Cemetery seen by the old Devonport Tec School, in Stoke, a tram in Saltash Passage, infantry men walking up from Fort Stamford to Fort Staddon probably for shooting practice on the Staddon Ranges, the Hoe Pier before it was Blitzed, and the Lufwaffe flies over Charles Church in central Plymouth, as thy indeed did do when the fire bombed it to the ruin it now is. Our heritage is alive with young people like Wes Ashton and Paul and Lisa Diamond - they can squeeze more heritage out of £10 than PCC can out of £1,000!
STOP PRESS MAY 2015...more
More from Andy Amor, our flying eye in the sky, the only word is. superbly stunning...ANCIENT EARTHWORKS, AMMUNITION DUMP, MT. BATTEN, PLYMOUTH, PLYMOUTH HOE, CARDINGTON AIRSHIP SHEDS, ABERGEVANNY COAL SPOIL TIPS, THE RIVER TAMAR & HAMOAZE, CLOUD OVER THE ISLE OF PORTLAND, OLD DE-COMMISSIONED NUKE SUBS AT DEVONPORT DOCKYARD, MULLION COVE, CHINA CLAY WORKS AT LEE MOOR1, 2, AFTERMATH OF 2014 STORMS ON THE DAWLISH RAIL LINE, THE NEEDLES1, 2, ISLE OF WIGHT, INDUSTRY 1, 2, 3, 4, HUMBER BRIDGE, WELSH AIRSTIP BY THE SEA, EGOD, LONG SHIPS LIGHT HOUSE
STOP PRESS MAY 2015
Many of you will know the Staddon Wall was the Butts for the rifle range, but did you know the range was used for full scale artillery practice - this shot shows many field pieces ll ready to go near the Jennycliff Cafe!!..see below. Cracking c1975 aerial photos here of Plymouth, Leigham, Estover, Mainstone, Milehouse, Central Park, Plymouth - change beyond belief, taken by by very long standing friend Dave Batten. Photos of Plymouth Art College here in 1972..while here at the same time are Plymouth youths, my pals!! A collection of naval and maritime images, inc paying off of last paddle tug "Faithful" from the 70s and very early 80s....and more of all sorts here, scenery, buildings, people, c1971ish. Exeter Airport c 1975/6, this whole area is now well...different!
Are these Plympton St Maurice?...Church, houses, some say Eggbuckland, others say Tamerton Foliot, most say Plympton St Maurice. What do you think? What date? Thanks to Mr McCarthy Collection. Below is an incredibly rare photo, maybe the only one anywhere of Tregantle Down Battery at Whitsands, Cornwall, but near Plymouth..it`s looking to sea from a field to the rear. It looks almost mint, as built. It`s now a pay and display car park and I believe that all this is till there, under your wheels, what a thought. Thanks also to the unknown person who sent me this very, very rare photo of Watchouse Battery at Staddon in 1940s, see below.
Watch out for spies and 5th Columnists at Pounds Park ARP Post!!! in 1992 and don't forget saboteurs - now gone. A really good V is for Victory sign and the Staddon Firing Range Butt wall. Entering a long lost air raid shelter in 1992 was so easy, just take a drill...................can you imagine that today!!! Park the Chemist seen on his last day in his Mutley Plain, Plymouth shop in the very early 80s - once preserved by sturdy volunteers, now lost to Plymouth as usual due to crushing PCC. Large air raid shelters under the parade ground of Durnford St, Stonehouse, Royal Marine barracks c1992/3 P-check out graffiti of French WW2 submarine "Surcouf" - the scene of the only land based action of WW2 in mainland Britain, check it out, would it be Vichy or Free French? HMS Ark Royal awaits the cutters torch at anchor off Mutton Cove, late 70s. Plymouth's WW2 anti ship and especially anti submarine defences to prevent German naval forces entering the Hamoaze and attacking the Dockyard and it's shipping. Penny for the Guy in 1990s, my son, right and his pal could take £100 a day, of course holding the "bomb" today could result in an armed response..sadly!! Heavy Horses, in the 1970s. The Devonport Dockyard frigate complex takes shape. 1990ish sees my son and I underground in the shifting lobby of the 6 inch magazine of Penlee Battery. Lentney battery goes "BANG." a 3lb Hotchkiss gun that was in regular use as a saluting gun at the Prince of Wales Battery, Eastern Kings, Plymouth until the late 1990s. My air raid shelter ghost pic of c1991 at Lower Street, Bretonside, Plymouth. a look here at the sad story of Kitty Jay at Jay's Grave. Old Plymouth here, Wembury, Hooe, The Hoe, town centre, early 1900s, enjoy. A 1977 aerial here of Drakes Island..sporting a Jubilee Crown. WW2 aerial images here of RNAD Bullpoint and RNAD Ernesettle. Wartime artwork of St Anthony's Head in Falmouth, Cornwall. Wartime aerial of Devonport Park in Plymouth, lots of activity in the park and the summer dry grass shows the air raid shelter layout underground at the top of the photo. The Hoe Cafe in 1971, a wartime barrage balloon hanger, sometimes called the blister cafe. A look at the now gone Ferry Boat Inn and "a deep air raid shelter" at Coxside, Plymouth. A video clip c1922 here of the 6inch guns firing at Penlee Battery, and a photo of a young woman c1900 walking just under the battery as was... Drakes Place, Sherwell in Plymouth is seen here c1900. A 1920s view here of the small harbour at Bovisands. A record here of the civilian deaths of the WW2 Plymouth Blitz. It is an amazing sight to see the Breakwater Fort this "checker-boarded." A 1980 Plymouth "bomb site." 1985 steam at BR Laira Depot. A wide shot c1971 of Penlee Battery's AAA battery. This is a video of Portland Square air raid shelter, Plymouth in c2007. Plymouth photos c1900s..and here.....and Boringdon Hall. Here is Wearde Quay, c1903 of the naval school of underwater warfare at the time, HMS Defiance..note large mines by quayside. Nothe Fort at Weymouth is seen here. Tram no 24 is seen at Devonport Technical School. Crowds gather at North Road Station Plymouth. 1920s view of Bovisands, the fortifications are well seen here. 33 great photos here, early 1900s of fun at the seaside here - Freathy and Whitsands c 1900s, early....just the same mucking around fun enjoyed by kids and adults today....more fun on the same beach here and kids generally mucking about. Ladies with very big hats at Tinside, Plymouth Hoe, again early 1900s. Look now at a 2014 view from the top of the Civic Centre, Plymouth. A 1992 video inside the now destroyed underground air raid shelter at what was once Sutton High School for Boys. Compton, now part of Plymouth, in 1903. The narrow gauge railway at the Meeth, Devon clay works is seen here, c 1900s. Wembury Beach and Wembury Church and Noss Mayo areas, all c1900s. Still 1900s, swimming on Plymouth Hoe. 1980s, early, sea view of what was RNAD Bullpoint. Sailing in the Sound, a 1900s photo album, beautiful. Stonehouse Bridge and Albert Road, akna Navy Row, c 1900s...Turnchapel has changed a bit since this was taken...so has this country lane to Sowton, near Exeter. A WW2 map of the Anzio Beach Head. Late 70s, early 80s shots here of the Sharks Teeth anti submarine defences by Drake's Island and early photos of Smeaton and Douglas Light on the Eddystone Reef. Also very early photos of Plymouth's West Hoe and Cawsand Bay. Lots and lots of good quality aerial photos of Plymouth taken in 1980 - lots of areas, Plymstock, Laira, Princerock, Stonehouse, Millbay, Oreston, Stamford, Drake's Island, The Breakwater...and more aerials here, Cawsands, Kingsands, Barbican and much more.. If you live in Ponsonby Road, Plymouth, this is how it was in the 1970s. early 80s....
Coming soon, an utterly stonking collection of aerial photos of SW England, green fields, blue sea, is this really here? Taken by Andy Amor. Here we go, PLYMOUTH HOE, PLYMOUTH ARGYLE, TAMAR BRIDGES, DEVONPORT DOCKYARD 1 & 2, BOTALLACK, PORTH, CADGWITH COVE, THE LIZARD, PORTLAND 1 & 2, SLAPTON, BIGBURY-BURGH ISLAND, TORQUAY, OLD HARRY ROCKS, "DOWNTON" ABBEY, SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, ST MICHEALS MOUNT, ST IVES, LANDS END, FOVANT - WILTSHIRE, CERNE ABBAS, PORTHCURNO, INSTOW & APPLEDORE, HIGH WILLAYS, RED LAKE - DARTMOOR, GCHQ BUDE, BODIAM CASTLE, PORTREATH, PREDDANACK, RIVER TAMAR, WHEAL LAVANT, RAE BEFORD, AERIAL RAINBOW, YEOVIL, WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND, BELVOIR CASTLE, EXMOOR, WILLSWORTHY FIRING RANGES, DARTMOOR, EXMOOR, EXETER AIRPORT, PENDEEN LIGHTHOUSE, PADSTOW & ROCK, DARTMOOR PERIGLACIATION 1 & 2, PLYMOUTH AIRPORT 1 & 2, POPHAM BEACON HILL, RUNCORN BRIDGE, NEWQUAY AIRPORT 1 & 2, ISLE OF PORTLAND, PORTLAND FORMER NAVAL BASE
STOP PRESS APRIL 2015...more
Once upon a time in a far off galaxy were children were not afraid of fireworks but would taught to respect them, and the word "stranger danger" was taken in perspective... we had "Penny for the Guy." One of my fav spots to fish was Millbay Docks in Plymouth, see these 1971 photos of a lost landscape. Plymouth City Centre is seen here on 120 film in 1970/71. Here is 1985, January, snow in Plymouth. It's 1971 and we are at Picklecombe Fort, conversion to flats had come to a grinding halt. A rather interesting 1901 book on Plymouth here with lots of classic adverts., and a nice image of Picklecombe Fort. 1960 photos here of the modernisation and "final product" of Plymouth's North Road Station. Fine aerial view c 1980/81 of Longbridge/Marsh Mills, Plymouth, now all gone and home to Currys! ..also note the defunct Royal Marines helicopter base at Coypool. Aerials of Plymouth and environs here...inc Scraesdon & Tregantle Fort & Eddystone Lighthouse. More here. Fort Stamford/Hooe is seen here from the air in 1980ish. Estover is here, same era probably, but pos late 70s. Laira is here inc BR Diesel depot. This is, or was Derriford and Royal Marines base at Seaton Barracks, now gone save the parade ground. Plymstock, Hooe Lake in 1990 is seen here, most of this is housing now. Plymouth's Cattewater & the lower Plym seen here in 1960s. The Cattewater and Friary railway is seen here in late 1980s...note the Class 47 loco almost where Smyths toys are now. Ernesettle, Plymouth is seen here from the air in 1981. A shot c1903 of The Shagstone and the wreck of the Vectis on the rocks at Andurn Point. Excavations in 1990 ish? discovered the remains of Plymouth's Civil War fort, Resolution Fort. Crabtree/Marsh Mills Plymouth seen here from the air in 1979/80, almost unrecognisable today. A DFC holder attends Plymouth Airshow in the late 1960s. The old and now gone Western National Bus Depot is seen here at Laira c 1980/81/82. Another aerial of Picklecombe Fort and a sea shot of Breakwater Fort with all the WW2 signal hardware still in situ on the roof, c 1980s. HMS Arrow returns from the Falklands Conflict with a salute from the Red Arrows. Daddy comes home from the Falklands is HERE. ..and from HMS Brilliant HERE. Plymouth Argyle fans in early/mid 1980s are here. Video here of High Heels in the Rubble, a community WW2 drama about the Plymouth Blitz. Nuclear war "count your dead" calculator. Plymouth "Mayflower 70" images, 2, are here. Interesting "fall of shot- counting" artillery observation bunkers near Okehampton battle camp are here. Steam returned to Devon's mainline railway in 1985, at Hemerdon Bank. Crowds walk across the Brunel Saltash rail bridge, mid 80s. 1980s photos here of staff and children and the then new Stoke Damerel Primary School inc sports day, 1988/89? ...1....2.... Views from the top of Plymouth's Civic Centre in 1970 and other tall buildings in 1980...1......2.........3.........4......5... A photo of Marlborough St., Devonport in the late 1960s. Two "lightning trees" here. Saltash High Street, 1979/80.
STOP PRESS APRIL 2015
One of the best and stunning Fort photos ever, an aerial, c1950s, 60s, Whitsands Bay Battery, Cornwall, almost complete with ditch and drawbridge - just becoming a camp/holiday site. A very early c1900 hand drawn plan of Milehouse, Plymouth.
Here we have a pretty complete gallery of Rame Church Battery & Penlee Battery. This is Union Street Bridge, Plymouth c? Cremyll, old and older is here. 1950s, 60s, No.5 Basin at Devonport Dockyard. Air Raid siren at Ivybridge. An early panorama of Plymouth Hoe. Plymouth Co-op day away 1919. Ocean Quay in 1970, before Mayflower Marina was built. A Souvenir of the Great War. Early views of Torpoint. Watchtower Battery in 1975/6. A snowfall c1903 in Stoke, Plymouth. This is a "Bond Mini car." at the top of Sturdee Rd, Stoke, when? A rural view of Eggbuckland, Plymouth 1970s, or very early 80s, now all under housing.
Amazing shot here, c World War 1 as we see Long Lee Enfields, soldiers march from one fort to another, they are coming up from Fort Stamford tom Fort Staddon at Plymouth. A lot here, plans and documents relating to Rame Church and Penlee Point Battery and also their armament, plus a nice shot of the main gate of Scraesdon Fort & Mt Wise signal station. Images here of Plymouth's old Marsh Mills railway signal box, plus a country event "somewhere" but with a painted wagon at left with Marsh Mills on it..hhmmm is there a link?. Thanks to K Rawlings for originals. Look at these early 1950s photos of ammunition laboratory work at RNAD Bullpoint. The same era sees live Depth Charges stored in Cann Tunnel at Leigham, Plymouth. This is now full of housing, in the 50s it was out in the sticks - the tunnel is still there but no depth charges, I looked!! I used to visit Plymouth Zoo in the 60s, now gone. Okehampton SR railway station seen in the 70s, all in lovely original Southern Region green - also images of the old signal box that controlled the junction to the freight line to RNAD Bullpoint. Early 1970s images here of a wrecked and decayed Rame Church & Penlee Battery. Plymstock Broadway is seen here in 1960, you don't see shop awnings/blinds like these much nowdays. A few ARP sector plans of Plymouth, from the Plymouth and Devon Record Office, please visit them, 01752 668000, the staff know almost everything you will ever ask for. Aerials, 1980 of Forder St Stephens, Saltash & the Eddystone Lighthouse are here. Graffiti in the Underground Air Raid Shelter under the playground at Sutton High School for Boys as was, taken when part of the Art College in 1992. Goering graffiti in another City shelter. Great galleries of Plymouth Airport & Brymon Airways 1......2........3....... Millbay and Barbican in 1960s and 80s. Effluent from Plymouth's Chelston Meadow refuse tip in 1975. Breakwater Jetty, Hotchkiss Guns on the roof of the Prince of Wales Battery, Eastern Kings, Breeches Buoy practice mast at Rame Head and buildings at Western King, all seen here. Street Corner gang seen here! like WW2. The Hoe swimming rafts. Breakwater Gas works, Oreston, 1971/2. Last night of the Drake Cinema. The Nor-Rocker fishing boat in Sutton Harbour, 1969/70. Very old mp of Plymouth. A 1980s view of Weston Mill Creek and a Chinhook helicopter. Milehouse Street Party, Silver Jubilee, 1977.
1970s, mostly images of Plymouth places and environs, some aerial, some ground shots post 1 (inc Rame Village), post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6....and post 7. ...post 8....post 9. Here we have 1940s ARP Sector plans of Milehouse, Plymouth, red is bomb damage.
1970s images of Plymouth PEOPLE! inc me and my friends, who do you know? It's Dave Horrill, Phil Byrne, Allan Bennett, Rob Legg, Tony Griffiths among many, post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4...post 5....post 6...post 7. Now Plymouth & Heathrow airports in mid-late 1970s. Looking here we see aerials of Plymouth Fortifications made out of images from Google Earth, 1.....2.......3 Photo here of Cawsand Triangle and Cawsand Fort, nice old bus too. Now it's D DAY graffiti at Saltram House, and Portland Square, Plymouth air raid shelter ARP maps. This is a remaining old 1940s lampost painted in banded white to stand out in the blackout taken early 1990s - sadly now gone. More old Plymouth maps here, and paintings by Plymouth Blitz artist Victor Lomas here. A look at Plymouth's Breakwater Fort is here. This is an early 1970s Plymouth Rag Week....and HERE TOO. Now we see London on a very wet and dull May 1973. when I went to see Pink Floyd at Earl's Court. HMS Cambridge is seen here in summer 1999. Here are colour shots of Plymouth City Centre in the late 60s. Here my son, aged about 7 or 8 posts a letter in Plymouth Station on the TPO, the Travelling Post Office - gone too. Gone also is HMS Plymouth and the grain store at Millbay Docks - the Granary c 1987/8. Finally, a nice shot of Truro city centre c 1972/3. 1980s, early photos of Plymouth City Centre from the roof top of the Holiday Inn. The original Drake Circus complex seen here in 1980 from the rooftop of the Plymouth Art College. 1980 is seen here of the City Centre from tall buildings on the Hoe, almost aerial. Similar here from the roof of the tall flat blocks in Devonport, again almost aerial, so much has changed. 1990s excavations at Sutton Harbour. A look at Jays Grave, Manaton, Dartmoor, 1973 and 2003 is here. More of Princerock Power Station, 1971/2.
STOP PRESS MARCH 2015
My partial solar eclipse photos on March 20th -surprise surprise it was not cloudy, shame for 1999 when we had totality and it was clouded out.
We are back. House moves, job changes and much more "stuff" is now easing so with luck the next few months will see updates and new photos etc. BTW if you email me, I am getting spammed beyond belief, so make sure you put something in the title line and not just "photo" - I just can't see the wheat from the chaff. Facebook is doing a brilliant job with heritage, so I would like to offer these links to you: VAN DIKE CLUB, PLYMOUTH, OLD PHOTOS OF DEVONPORT AND PLYMOUTH, cracking stuff, of course HIDDEN HERITAGE. Below is an image of artwork by Audrey Beardsley that in the late 60s and early 70s graced the stage wings left and right of that most famous of rock music clubs - The Van Dike. Do any of you have any shots of the Van Dike, bands, people and the building itself? See Van Dike posters here, inc King Crimson, Mott the Hoople, Loudon Wainwright III......& Quintescence 1......2....3........4........5.......6......and a Mercedes poster from the early 1980s. Here we have the China Clay dries at Marsh Mills, Plymouth in full swing, prob late 70s, early 80s, from the air. Aerial here c1981 of Millbay Docks, Plymouth and Penlee Point. Both have changed, Penlee very little but Millbay Docks have been almost 100% redeveloped. Now Red Cross Prisoner of War telegram and letter ref Freddie Howell to his wife Nida, telling here he had been captured by the Japanese. Here an Edwardian picnic at Rame Head, note Rame Chapel. Now a look at the former ARP/CD control room bunker that was at the rear of Pounds House in Central Park Plymouth. It was last used as a jigsaw puzzle library & then as usual in Plymouth, demolished. ..and here also...and here a sign tells you to watch out for SPIES!!! This was the 1990s Plymouth City Council equivalent, the "bunker" at Fort Austin, Plymouth. Try and read the texts and signs in the photos!! Photos here to show a Plymouth long gone. Taken in the 60s and 90s, some scenes are almost unrecognizable. This is Milehouse from the air, prob 1980s, shows Beaumont St, Browning and Fullerton Rds and more. This is Exeter Airport 1981, Dakota DC3 and a Dove - "just drive across the runway Sir, keep a look out!!" Imagine that now! Some of my fav local Plymouth images here of all time c1903. Drake Circus Plymouth in early 1980 or late 70s, before the Mall!! taken from the then as was Plymouth Polytechnic where I worked for many years. In the local Plymouth press there has been a lot about the rebirth of the local old tungsten mine at Hemerdon, well this is how it was in the 1970s, & here still disused in the 1990s, bet it's changed now. After the Plymouth Blitz of 1941, a plan was made to rise the City again like a Phoenix, it was called the Plan for Plymouth - enjoy these colour artworks from that plan. Buckfastleigh in Devon had it's very own air raid siren until 1993 , it had a little roof!! then in 1993 all the sirens and the UK civilian air raid early warning system were scrapped, what a pile it all made in the scrap yard . Here we have images of a bitter sweet return of RN ships from The Falklands Conflict in 1982, inc HMS Hermes....and here for the Victory Parade later in Plymouth..and here too at the pub. Plymouth once had it's own power station at Prince Rock on the River Plym. It was explosively demolished: I have lost the date but not lost that a bystander was killed by flying debris, do not forget him. We had a world class artist once in Plymouth - Robert Lenkiewicz , he painted several outside murals around the Barbican in Plymouth, so enjoy these. These oldie worldie petrol pumps were in use in Crediton, Devon in 1986. I don't usually publish photos of schoolgirls on this site, but I do today, girls from Plymouth's Public Secondary School lark, play golf and muck about in the 1960s in Central Park Plymouth...looks like 6th formers to me. This was two trees at Montpelier, Plymouth and a Dr WHO Tardis in Outland Road Plymouth, and a "pissoir" - now gone. These show Plymouths once pride and joy, it's brand new 1960s Civic Centre..seen as built and STILL THERE, despite PCCs efforts to find a way to demolish it.
Renaissance live at the Van Dike, with a copy of "John & Salome" (c1894) artwork by Audrey Beardsley by the stage. thanks to Jonathan Hill for re-creating the scene as it was
STOP PRESS JANUARY 2014
Well a year has gone by and nothing new here! The reason is a protracted house move that still is not complete, so please use the new postal address until further notice. However while digging around in the back of my freezer today, 19/1/14. I have found 2 rolls of undeveloped, but exposed 16mm Eastman Colour Negative 7247 film!!! I shot this in 1985 on a professional Bolex and its railway workings around Cowley Bridge Junction, just to the east of Exeter on the North Devon Line, loco hauled Class 33s on passenger trains and semaphore signals!! Now how can I get this old film processed, having been kept in deep freeze, the images on it may be recoverable - who can help? This site is not dead, just resting, more WILL come.
STOP PRESS FEBRUARY 2013
A look here at Jay's Grave near Manaton, Dartmoor, Devon, England. The mystery is who puts the flowers on the grave of a young suicide girl grave (who was pregnant), even after 200 years, & not just flowers, but toys, money, stone patterns, twigs, messages...from witches??!! Are the little toys for her unborn baby? Here we have some photos of Wartime, 1940s American & British rations, including Lucky Strike cigarettes & "Air Crew Lunch." Finally a public open day in the autumn of 2004, we have an open day at Okehampton "Battle" Camp on the bleak northern slopes of Dartmoor, Devon, England - still very much used by the UK Armed Forces. The corrugated iron buildings & the bleak windswept landscape remind me of the Falklands.
STOP PRESS FEBUARY 2013
3 photos above - left is one I have had for some time and just put up, sorry I have mislaid the artists name, he is from the USA & made this painting from an old photo on my site of Noss Mayo in South Devon - it's called "Bad Boys of Plymouth." Centre is some graffiti found in an Underground Air Raid Shelter that still exists under the parade ground of The Royal Marine Barracks, Durnford Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth. As you may know, the "taking" of the French Submarine Surcouf in 1940 while she was berthed at Flagstaff Steps in Devonport Dockyard - executed by raiding party of Royal Marines - was the only British land based action of World War II; is this sketch of the submarine Surcouf as its drawn in the very barracks those Royal Marines would have come from?? Finally an aerial photo from an unknown source dating from the 1970s or 80s covering the Staddon Defences/Bovisand area to the south east of Plymouth. 2 Second World War newspaper cartoons here....1........2......both feature Mr Hilter!! of the Boshcalist Party a la Monty Python sketch. Lastly 2 plans/maps/photos made for the German Lufwaffe to guide them to bomb Plymouth in the Plymouth Blitz...1........2..... needs free Acrobat Reader.
STOP PRESS JANUARY 2013
Okehampton Railway Station, dressed in resplendent Southern Region green livery is today a shadow of its former glory, even though the Dartmoor Railway is doing a cracking heritage job. However the last week or two has brought thousands of parents and children to its platforms. Even during its glory days of the Atlantic Coast Express, there were never passenger numbers like this! Whoever came up with this idea is a genius -The Polar Express and Santa has brought platform jams to Okehampton. This most ethereal of all heritage stations, so unspoilt and dripping in green has become ground zero for a child's image of Christmas. Those who had never heard of Okehampton have now got its name printed on their tickets & their money will help preserve this unique station.
Michael Wright has sent in some great shots of Victorian naval ships....HMS ALBERMALE 1903, HMS ALEXANDRA 1877, HMS COLLINGWOOD 1887, HMS CRESCENT 1894, HMS DEVASTATION 1873, HMS HOGUE 1902, HMS LONDON 1902, HMS MINOTAUR 1865, HMS TRAFALGAR 1890 & an unknown vessel.
More amazing images have been sent in from the MMcCarthy Collection in Padstow, Cornwall, UK. L to R is Picklecombe Fort & the Breakwater Fort, The Royal Albert Bridge & in 1878 Rame Church. This is an interior view of the Rame Church of 1878 along with 2 views of the inside of Maker Church...1........2.....
Below we have a cracking shot of Tinside, Drake's Island & Mt Edgecumbe. centre is the Breakwater Lighthouse on the western end of Rennie's Plymouth Breakwater with Picklecombe Fort in the background, then we see Union Street Plymouth looking east toward Plymouth's as was town centre, look & see Walter Farley's Hotel & Harding's Furnishers. Below are 2 close up sections of the earthworks & gun positions on Drake's Island & the gun positions of Picklecombe Fort. On this link we see Milton's Temple at Mt Edgecumbe, Mt Edgecumbe House & 3 images of the pre-war St Andrew's Church, Plymouth's Mother Church....1.....2.......3....& finally a view of the south side of Drake's Island from the Folly at Mt Edgecumbe.
Now 16mm film time: Wales, Tintern Abbey & Menai Bridge 1957, Mombassa East Africa in the 1940s or 50s, Archery 1950s, Ports & Shipping & home life 1950s, Argentina & The Blue Star Shipping Company 1950s, Argentina, Jersey Zoo & a Naval Wedding 1950s, Now its old 45rpm time, with 2 lost songs from top Plymouth Band "Mercedes" ...No More Dance & Waiting, then the Euro hit of Dolanes Melodie version 1 and 2, then the love theme from BBC TVs The Aphrodite Inheritance.
Finally more Plymouth Foxes near my house.
STOP PRESS DECEMBER 2012
St. Andrew`s Church Plymouth on the night of March 21st 1941 - the night of the Plymouth Blitz, a rare amateur and unseen photo, thanks to Hidden Plymouth
Two images here at left - from early 1896 of Raglan Barracks in Devonport, Plymouth. We see the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestshire Regiment in quarter column under Lieutenant Colonel Crawford Leatham. At right we have the 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment, the "Old 66th" under Colonel J.G. Ponsonby - also from early 1896
At left we see the 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment on parade at the Royal Citadel on Plymouth Hoe, again early 1896. Middle is a sketch from about 1903 of the "Autumn Manoeuvres" at Plymouth - showing all the new types of modern warfare that wee to be tested against Plymouth's defences and Garrison in these war games. At right is a photo of HMY Stork, location unknown.
STOP PRESS NOVEMBER 2012
PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY DESTROYS LOCAL PLYMOUTH HERITAGE AGAIN...but no one cares, no one notices, so why not?
Plymouth University has struck again by destroying yet more local heritage no doubt with the blessing of the local authority. Thanks to another Mr X who took this pic, we can see the end of yet another World War II Public Underground Air Raid Shelter that was unlucky enough to be on Uni property - but then as the Uni expands, everywhere is on Uni property. If you look at the top of the photo, you can see a small arched "tunnel" - not part of the shelter but actually part of Drakes Leat, struck in the 16th century by Sir Francis Drake - well it looks like that's gone to, that's what Plymouth thinks of Drake!! Is any of our heritage ever saved here in this City? M. Wright has sent in a great shot of an RN Dreadnought. Also a nice, but unknown sketch of an RN warship from someone who I have sadly lost their details? Here is a fine photo of infamous RN Submarine M3 at sea; again I have lost the details of the sender-in, but many thanks.
STOP PRESS OCTOBER 2012
Only in Plymouth; Plymouth is special; a young friend of mine, bit weird, odd, not quite the full shilling - likes heritage, nutter!! was arrested in the open air by Police over the summer while looking for wartime heritage in the Plymouth urban area. He was spotted taking photos - "tooled up" as they say with cameras and tripod, rucksack etc "behaving oddly" in a public open space! He had several Police cars there, flashing lights and he was handcuffed!! "Behaving oddly" was of course looking for material such as below.That day his search did not go well, and that location still eludes him. However a few weeks later he had success seen here below ( being the first person into a sealed up since 1945 Public Underground Air Raid Shelter and seeing this graffiti which should be preserved, but it won't, it will be destroyed - note the face with the Civilian Gas Mask Respirator on, Hitler and Nazi salute "Heil," the Third Reich Swastika and Eagle with storm flash & the submarine firing torpedoes). Now if you are the Police officer who arrested him.."why?" if you are that officer, ring me and I will brief you on exactly what he was up to - as you can see now he was bonafide. Only in Plymouth could a young person searching for our City's heritage be looked upon as a "vandal!!"..while of course its the authorities who are the vandals by their total disregard for any heritage in this most historic of British cities. I work closely with the Police in my day job, almost every day I am in contact with them and I support them 100%, but if I find out which officer did this - no more choccy biscuits for you!
My friends at Hidden Plymouth were married at Rame Church on Sept 8th 2012. I have put the video up on this page as part of their & wider history (not many weddings happen at Rame). Being wed at Rame Church, that most ancient of local Churchs. built in 900AD, they have themselves become part of history. Their wedding vows place them standing on the shoulders of countless generations who have gone before them, in their exact footprints as they stood at the Altar - they truly stand themselves on "the Shoulders of History."
Thanks to the people at the South West Film & Television Archive who have "tele-cine`d" the 16mm film of Plymouth Polytechnic staff & students of 1978 working in the labs & in the field at Burrator, Dartmoor - they are now offered here in much higher quality...1.............2.......
Three little fox & badger videos here from just outside my house...1.............2... seems they don't mind fireworks!! ..3.................4....
Going back to 2009, here we have The Larkrise Band playing live at Totnes in Devon, yes, that's right - influenced by "Larkrise to Candleford" - great gig 1........2............3......
STOP PRESS AUGUST 2012
Last night, Friday July 20th, 2012 - was the last ever performance of The Music of the Night at Plymouth's Royal Citadel. A joint collaboration between 29 Commando Royal Artillery and the citizens of Plymouth, all in aid of good causes. After 10 shows over 20 years the plug has been pulled on success. Why? If its due to MOD cuts and the fact that HM Service personnel are needed abroad & there is now "no slack" in the system to do such things, even for good causes, even military charities, we sadly have to accept it, However this is Plymouth, where good ideas are crushed, so what's the story? To me it was living history, ENSA on a huge scale in the 21st Century....E very N ight S omething A wful as per our troops in World War II, except this was brilliant! I can't imagine the local people in it, not wanting to do it again. So.....1812 Overture with 105mm Howitzers of 29 Commando RA plus "Sunset", Les Miserables 1......2, City by the Sea & World War II Home Front, Jive, Military Wives Choir 1....2, Flag Waving, Rule Britannia etc 1.....2, Lambeth Walk, the Sun has got his Hat On!,
STOP PRESS JULY 2012
A ghost in the Underground Public Air Raid Shelter at Lower Street, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth c1991/2. I have lost the original 35mm colour negative, so this is a scan from a 10in x 12 in print on stipple paper, which means it won't lie flat or scan that well - that's why I scanned it in 2 halves. What do you think? I saw nothing when I was in there & took lots of photos - only this one recorded this image. What do you see? I see a bearded man at photo right with an armless torso & a figure sitting on the rubble pile in the centre with an arm bent at the elbow. More material to come soon.......Check out my pals on their Hidden Plymouth Blog here, or on Hidden Plymouth here -
STOP PRESS MAY 2012
These aerial images were taken by myself in c1978 for the Geography Department at the then Plymouth Polytechnic under the stewardship of Dr Les Ternan. They show the effects of the Ice Age on Dartmoor Tors, and also some non-associated estuary mud streams in the River Tamar. The tors are around Sheepstor, Burrator, Staple Tor and Cox Tor on Southern Dartmoor, Devon.
Some more images are here: periglaciation on Dartmoor Tors, including Great Staple Tor - 1....2....3....4....5....6....7....8.. Now aerial images c1978 of mud streams in the low water mud banks on the Devon side of the River Tamar on the north side of theTamar Bridges........1......2...... Next are late 1977 aerial shots of the woodlands around Burrator Reservoir including the Narrator Brook...1.......2...... Staff member Kevin Solman works with his analogue rain gauge in the woodland stream area....1....2.....3...... Some ground level photos here to show the very low water levels we had in Burrator Reservoir in late 1978 here, and Fernworthy Reservoir also in late 1978 too here..and here, here and here. Next are these aerials of water streams flowing down the slopes of the china clay spoil tips at Lee Moors English China Clay workings.........1......2.......3.......4........and here we have 2 plans of the workings.. current as per 1977....1...and future planned...2.... We often used to go out to Rumleigh, in the Tamar Valley, where we had an agricultural research station - 2 aerial images here...1.......2..... Here is member of staff Basil Gomez at work with his analogue weather station at Rumleigh....1....2....3.....4.....5....
STOP PRESS APRIL 2012
These amazing images have been sent in from the MMcCarthy Collection in Padstow, Cornwall, UK. All show scenes rarely if ever seen before. The Breakwater Fort being built, soldiers quarters at Picklecombe Fort, a parade at Mount Wise, the Camera Obscura on Plymouth Hoe, guns on depression carriages at the Royal Citadel, remains of outwork stoneworks just to the west of the Royal Citadel, & a view across the Cattewater from Mount Batten to Plymouth Hoe & Citadel. Lots more are here on this link.
STOP PRESS JANUARY 2012
Many thanks to Mr A A again, a private pilot for giving these images for free download, we have Cerne Abbas Giant, The Weymouth White Horse, Plymouth City Airport in it's sad final days - what a crime to close it, then the Jurassic Coast, then Shaldon, Lee Moor Clay Workings, Portland & 2 Mulberrys & Axminster. The whole lot are here.
Farnborough Airshow in the 1960s, 70s and maybe very early 80s is seen here in this 16mm film - look out for the BEA Tristar!
From 1975 to 1988 I was working as a photographer at Plymouth Polytechnic - very happy times, now the University of Plymouth - here are some of the films I shot, all 16mm: 1978 & its a drought level at Burrator Reservoir, Dartmoor, Devon. The Geography Department spent much time researching hydrology at the catchment area of Burrator Reservoir - led by Dr Les Ternan - much of this was filmed, analogue heaven, knobs, dials, buttons & the machine that goes "ping." The film is silent, the soundtrack never was made - & is in three sections: part 1, part 2, part 3 - hello to Les Ternan, Roger Cockerton, Jean Alexander & Andy Williams & the students of 1978-79! The amazing thing is this film needed cameras etc that weighted a ton, today all I need is an iphone!! The master of this film is Eastman colour negative, maybe one day I can get this film out in colour!
STOP PRESS DECEMBER 2011
Many thanks to the person who has sent in the scans of posters & handbills from the famous Van Dike Club in Exmouth Road, Plymouth as was, and also "Woods.".....all now gone. I apologise for misplacing his details, but many thanks.
Nice new collection of aerial photos of fortifications from Alderney and Guernsey. Taken in 2004, above are some samples; download these plus loads more all here free or all on a DVD at hi-res for £25. ....and from 2006, aerial photos of the Isle of Wight including land forts and sea forts, as well as town and village scenes, above are some samples, download these plus loads more all here free or all on a DVD at hi-res for £25. Some new, but old 16mm cine film of "Weymouth to Cherbourg" in the 1950s, Jersey in 1961, Plymouth, Salcombe, Dartmouth & Torquay in the 1950s, Hampton Court, fashion, home life & fireworks in the 1950s/60s. Star of the show is this one from the 1960s..."Power comes to Widecombe" a film about bringing mains electricity to Dartmoor by SWEB, ah, I remember them well...South Western Electricity Board.
Thanks to Messrs X for these great shots of the probably already destroyed by now Underground Air Raid Shelter under the playground of Camels Head School at Weston Mill - taken 6 months ago so this shelter must now be pulp having been subject to Plymuff historical care. Shame as the children are possibly studying all this in years 5/6.Great graffiti!...toilets, marbles, even Blitz sandbags..what history.....but not in Plymuff....check out the sketch of the person wearing the gas mask and see what you get!!
STOP PRESS NOVEMBER 2011
PLYMOUTH VICTORIAN FORTIFICATIONS FROM THE AIR
Here are some more aerial shots taken on October 22nd 2011. Fort Bovisand, Fort Stamford, Renney Battery, Scraesdon Fort, Raleigh Battery, Hawkins Battery, Plymouth Citadel, Maker Heights, The Blockhouse, plus loads more, Ford, Stoke, Keyham, Torpoint, Wilcove, Forder, Antony Ferry Passage, Devonport, Hooe, Oreston, Mt. Batten, Jennycliff, Heybrook Bay, Turnchapel, Billacombe, Pomphlett, Wembury, Mt. Edgecumbe, Cremyll, Southdown, Bull Point, St. Budeaux, Hartley, Mannamead, Manadon, Derriford & still more. All here on this link or on a DVD at hi res for £25 - for all of them.
Aerial images of Maker Heights are here, here are some general aerial images of the Fort Staddon area.
Some nice aerials shots here of Plymouth fortifications taken October 2nd 2011 - Agaton, Crownhill, Scraesdon, Tregantle, Woodlands, Ernesettle, Austin, Forder, Eggbuckland Keep, Bowden, Efford, Staddon, Bovisand, Picklecombe, Drake's Island, Breakwater & also Harrowbeer Airfield. Many hundreds more - of Forts & Plymouth area in general, Devonport, Keyham, Ford, Stoke, Plympton, Estover, Leigham, Mainstone, Barne Barnton, Tamerton Foliot, Ernesettle, Southway, Whitleigh, Cattedown, Prince Rock, Stonehouse, Oreston, Turnchapel, Rdford, Hooe, Milehouse, Efford, Eggbuckland, Honicknowle, Derriford & more - are here on this link. If you like the old Domesday manor of Leigham Manor House, now known as Manor Park in Plymbridge Woods, you may like this link to more aerial photos also taken October 2nd 2011...... N.B. Tregantle, Picklecombe and Harrowbeer photos are copyright DiamondKnight Photography on email@example.com ALL THESE AT HIGH RES ON A DVD FOR £25 - ALL OF THEM
...And Now for Something Completely Different.....If you like urban foxes, you might like this......
STOP PRESS OCTOBER 2011
More excellent west of England aerial photos by Mr A.A. again, especially some around Plymouth Airport & Plymbridge woods.
more here..Torbay...1.......2.......3.......4......, Teignmouth..1.....2.....3.......4, Ugborough...1.......2...., Sidmouth, South Hams, Newton Abbot, South East Devon, South Coast 1....2.....3.......4....Solent, Seaton, Chumleigh, Creek..or a creek, Beaulieu, Dorchester, a Dartmoor view, Exmouth, an estuary, Calshot Hampshire, Hill Head Lee on Solent, River Exe estuary, Henstridge Airfield , Eggesford Airfield, Farway Common Airfield, Belle Vue Airfield, Branscombe Airfield 1.....2.......Winkleigh disused airfield, Dawlish Warren...1.....2.....3......Warsash, Southway ,Clittaford Road, Plymouth area, Plymouth Airport & Glenholt, Plymbridge Woods, Tesco at Woolwell, Plymouth, Widewell School, Plymouth..1.....2.......China Clay workings...1......2....3......4.....5.....6....7......8.....9.....10.......11.......12
STOP PRESS SEPTEMBER 2011
Summer 2011 saw us in Zermatt, Switzerland again. The temptation of a trip to Gornergrat, 10,000 + feet by the electric rack & pinion railway was too much - so here is a cab ride in real time all the way to the top. Mr A.A of Hampshire has been kind enough to let me have these excellent aerial images of the south west of England & Plymouth Airport for free download - so enjoy. Very rare images, blue sky & sea! ALSO - Buckfast Abbey, Trago Mills, Newton Abbot racecourse, Avon Dam, Portland Naval Base, Dorset Hill Fort, Plymouth Airport approach 1....2.... 3 an unknown dock, more Weymouth 1.....2...3, more River Exe Estuary 1....2.....3.....4.....5.....6.....7.....8.....9......, more River Teign Estuary 1,....2 more clay works, more Bigbury 1.....2.....3.....4.....5.....6.....7......, more seaside, more Portland 1....2, Plymouth City Airport ground views 1...2.....3.....4......5 River Avon Estuary Chesil Bank 1...3
STOP PRESS AUGUST 2011
looking up to the future, Plymouth Air Day late 1960s
PLYMOUTH'S DAY OF SHAME THURSDAY JULY 28th 2011 - WHEN THE WORLD LOOKS AT PLYMOUTH , LAUGHS, AND SAYS.."CALL YOURSELF A CITY?".........we may have pasties, Gingsters, even Plymouth Argyle - well maybe not! and of course The Hoe - but so what?.........it takes too many hours to get here, no motorway, trains from 1970s, wake up!.....no wonder the Pilgrim Fathers left here - they could not stand it then.
..And so the day came, the hour & the minute when the hopes & dreams, the sweat & blood of a small army of local people who had a dream and a burn to provide an affordable air service from a frontier airport here in Plymouth - to London and all points north, west and south were vandalised, smashed and crushed, ripped to shreds by known and unknown men in suits who see an airport as a building plot for housing rather than a portal to the world. I have used Plymouth Airport since 1975 and had a ball, it was mine, it was busy - until men in suits changed the timetable....memories of Dr Beeching - e.g. making say a day return to Manchester a thing of the past. The airport that grew from a muddy field to be the parent of "STOLPORT LONDON" now London City Airport under the wild imagination of, but totally whacko ( and this is a true compliment) Bill Bryce is dead. It died on Thursday 28th July 2011. See below the final days photos and videos.
Bill Bryce and his dog c 1981-keeping an eye on things, taken from inside a departing Brymon Dash 7 - Bill, from New Zealand, is the man who literally "invented" STOL flight in a City Centre to City Centre concept - along with Mowlem a Civil Engineering firm, what is today's London City Airport, in the Docklands, close to the City,.... well that's BILLS BABY!! & Plymouth Airports twin! FACT!
PHOTO ALBUM 1 PHOTO ALBUM 2 PHOTO ALBUM 3 PHOTO ALBUM 4 PHOTO ALBUM 5 the last..... Archive photo albums of Air South West, British Airways and above all Bill Bryce's Brymon Airways.....1............2..........3...........4...........5..........6...........7..........8..........9........ Archive videos of Brymon Airways at Plymouth Roborough Airport....1..........2.... this is me flying to Cherbourg on a leased INTRA AIRWAYS "ISLANDER." Video of an RAF Argosy on the grass runway in the 1960s, and a similar one here
VIDEO - 26.7.11, 3rd FLIGHT FROM LAST PLYMOUTH TO MANCHESTER VIDEO - 28.7.11 FINAL FLIGHT MANCHESTER TO PLYMOUTH VIDEO - FINAL DAY, FINAL HOURS, FINAL FLIGHT & A CELEBRATION OF WHAT HAD BEEN, ABOVE ALL "STILL WAS" AND WHAT "COULD AND SHOULD HAVE COME IN THE FUTURE." VIDEO - WHEN ALL WAS GOOD AND PROPER, PLYMOUTH TO NEWQUAY IN 2008
STOP PRESS JULY 2011
IN MEMORIAM TO A DEPARTED LIFELONG FRIEND
SALUTE TO THE STAFF OF PLYMOUTH AIRPORT & AIR SOUTH WEST, R.I.P. YOU HAVE SERVED US, AND ME, WELL- & this one...when September ends, watch the 2 videos, also a look back to that day in 2003 when British Airways pulled out of..well actually dumped Plymouth Airport & Air South West took over
Latest additions are a 16mm film of: a classic car road trip to Spain in 1958, all the way down to the Costas, how it has changed!! colour film of Clovelly, Polperro, Clovelly & Devonport warships in the late 1940s along with fun on the beach, Norway & fjords in 1966, great coastal shipping shots, great shots of a busy London scene, streets, cars, petrol stations, traffic in the 1950s or 60s, then Austria, & lastly a look at Agnes Weston & her good works in the 1970s in "Watch Ashore!" with nice shots of Albert Road, Devonport, Plymouth and red double decker buses.
STOP PRESS FEBRUARY 2011
Latest additions are the 2 photos of Penlee Point near Cawsand seen above. Dating from the early 1900s - what is the tall pole like structure sticking up vertically from Penlee Point in the left postcard - is it a semaphore signal device from Penlee Coastal Defence Battery? Here is some very rare colour film of 1941s Australia, Sydney, Hamilton South School, Newcastle and Canberra - look at those cars and fashions - where are they now - how did their lives work out - so much unknown, why did I get the film on e-bay and its shot in Australia - has a family lost its history? Moving on to 1968 we are in Turkey - Istanbul, Bursa & the Princes Islands - lots of old cars, buses & boats - again a family holiday with a BAC 1-11 of British Eagle airways - but who are they? How did this film that must have cost a lot to shoot - 16mm Kodachrome - end up on ebay - where is the family? The same goes for this 1950s, 60s school sports day, when, where? In August 1932, members of what was to become the empire of "Walkers Crisps" went on a Mediterranean cruise. Here is a 1930s film - home movie - of Egypt & Poona in India. Now 1950s/60s Mexico & Waco, ....Texas - lovely cars.
Perhaps the most socially interesting film of all is this 1956 film of May Day celebrations in Yarwell School, Nassington, England & Sulehay Forest - where the same festivals still take place to this very day.
In October last year, David Hoskings the well known Cornish artist, had another one man exhibition in Padstow - here it is.
Firework museum has been updated with some fine authentic vintage firework samples, from the UK/Australia, c1945 & the US, c1930s, they are here A superb watercolur painting by artist Brocklebank is here, It's Wembury Beach in Devon in I would think the 1900s. Many thanks to the person who sent this in - I am afraid I have mislaid your details. The summer brought us another superb Dr Who - "Vincent & the Doctor." How good can Dr Who get, blending time & history a la "Blackadder" - Vincent Van Gogh comes to 21st century Paris to see his own work on display. Superb, what education.
STOP PRESS "4" OCTOBER 2010
David Vinsen, who used to work for British Rail, now of Network Rail spent many years down here by the "withered arm." Ranging all along the Exeter to Barnstaple line, the Exeter/Crediton to Okehampton and Meldon Quarry line and the Barnstaple to Torrington/Meeth/Instow line, he recorded a way of life, a way of work, the way of a railway intimate among the country and communities it served & above all the people; 100s & 100s of great photos of stations, tracks & signal boxes, railmen at work, maybe at play, the people of the line, the blood of the line - it is all HERE
STOP PRESS "3" OCTOBER 2010
Recently the underground air raid shelter at Montpelier School in Plymouth has been found. Unusually for Plymouth it has not all been destroyed - only some of it - amazing for Plymouth - City of Heritage Destruction. Anyway I missed it, but the school has very kindly sent me some photos that are available here as a pdf file - you will need the latest free version of Acrobat Reader to view this.
Thanks to Derek Tait of Plymouth for offering some of the jewels in his private collection of unique & mostly unseen Plymouth photos & images. Site 1 & Site 2. These are really good, only about a couple of hundred!! Just look at the Central Park paddling/boating pools. As a lad I played in here along with the home made mechanical wonders of Mr Harry Hodge's automatic submarines. This area has now received top line typical Plymouth landscaping - guess what that means? Also great shots of what used to be so common, but now so rare - "the corner shop."
STOP PRESS "2" OCTOBER 2010
VERY RARE US RADIO AUDIO FILES FROM AMERICAN D-DAY BASES IN PLYMOUTH 1944
Retrieved after June 1944 from the US Army/Navy Base at Vicarage Road, St. Budeaux, Plymouth, found again in June 1994 during preparations for the commemorations of D-Day 50, copied & then forgotten until now! These are from wax 78rpm records of US Radio broadcasts - "brought to you by Phillips Milk of Magnesia." These records were the actual ones that the so brave, so innocent young men & boys of the US armed forces listened to. These were actually played by these boys pre 1944 in Vicarage Road, St. Budeaux, Plymouth. So you can't say records LIKE this were listened to- these are the actual ones!! The songs are stunning, beautiful & unobtainable anywhere else, transcending time & speaking to your hearts across the years, across the lifetimes - .....1..........2..........3 (Louis Jordan-jazz for cats)
Dance time is on the air with the ever charming Frank
Munn, the golden voice of radio, Evelyn McGregor, the Abe Lyman orchestra and
STOP PRESS "1" OCTOBER 2010
During 1993 & 1994 I was able to mount several public exhibitions on Plymouth in World War II using the exhibition spaces in Plymouth Museum & the now defunct Plymouth Dome. In the course of these, all pre computer days, I recorded first hand oral history of some Plymouthians who were here during World War II. Gerald Barker talks of his schoolboy "Days in Devonport," Ben Bennett, young lad of the "James Street Gang" tells how he escaped death one April night in 1941 when the Portland Square Underground Air Raid Shelter took a direct hit with a resulting terrible loss of civilian life. Mrs Stokes recounts how her trip to Exeter to buy her wedding dress ended with here being buried alive under the rubble of Devonport Technical School Underground Air Raid Shelter Tape 1, Tape 2. Finally, Mrs Quantrell, a schoolgirl at the time, talks about life in St. Levan's Road, Ford. The quality is not red hot, but the stories are real & first hand.
STOP PRESS SEPTEMBER 2010
Two videos here taken last month when I was lucky enough to fly over Juneau glaciers in Alaska and land on...1.........2....Two other films here of a float plane flight to Misty Fjords in Ketchikan, Alaska...1.........2......
STOP PRESS JUNE 2010
16mm film here of the Plymouth Hoe, The Barbican & Plymouth Citadel in 1965, now a 1960s & 50s "Voyage to America, Hiawatha Train 1...2...," now a 1965 look around Cambridge, England. This is an "acting college" in the 1950s, & here is Rhyll, Wales in 1964-5. Lowther College is seen here in 1964, now off to South Africa in the 1950s or 60s. This is very rare colour film of the British seaside in the 1920s or 30s. This is a South African wedding in 1956 - what fashion, while here is a 1965 film of an amazing Spanish religious festival. Here we have an undated film of a South African native dance festival, now its off to Colombo, now Sri Lanka - no date. Here comes the circus, US style, maybe the 1930s, still in the US, Chemical warfare rockets!! Look here for the R.101 airship & film of the Putney Boat Race - again 1930s - I find the footage of the young girl photographer, say maybe 12 years old - very probably passed away by now - some what upsetting, all that life, energy, hope, plans.....but now nothing, dust, all gone - did she leave a footprint, children, where are they? Why don't they have this film? Why was it on ebay? Is this film her only remaining footprint? Where are the photos she can be seen taking of her Grandfather? BTW the piece of paper she is holding says "Empty Top Storey" apply within! Last but certainly not least, glorious Kodachrome film of Devon & Cornwall in the 1960s - superb, all the well known spots.
STOP PRESS APRIL 2010
Here are some of my own personal home videos that you may find interesting. A helicopter flight around the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Here is Australia, Cairns, rainforest, Port Douglas, crocodiles, Green Island, Kuranda railway, Alice Springs etc. Now helicopters at Glen Helen, bush BBQ, Alice Springs, School of the Air, Flying Doctor, Cairns again. How about a cruise on the Nile in Egypt? - Lake Nasser, Abu Simbel, Wadi-as-Sebua, the boat was the Prince Abbas. Still in Egypt we have Cairo, the Pyramids, Museum, King Tut gold, Memphis, Sakura, Abu Simbel, Egypt Air flight home. Here is Ensa, Edfu, Karnak, Luxor, Valley of the Kings. Let's jet off to the Seychelles now in the Indian Ocean...1...2.... Still in the Indian Ocean, not too far away we are in the Maldives...1....2.... This is a superb vintage sea plane flight flying low, window open as we fly from Nadi to Tokoriki in Fiji, & then back again. Another Fiji island is Monuriki, which was "home" in the film "Castaway" & a South Pacific Sunset or a Vanuya Island "Bula." Coming home was via Los Angeles, & here we have an earthquake in a Metro station & a plane crash in "Waterworld." If you want paradise on Earth, try Bora Bora in French Polynesia...1....2....3......4......wonderful place, but so far....the dream of a mirage on a Motu beach....Tahaa Island is pretty stunning too.. Now it's flying from London Heathrow Airport to Los Angeles - watch out for icebergs - here is London Gatwick to Las Vegas - still icebergs about, or here is Las Vegas to Honolulu - no icebergs! If you go to Las Vegas, a night time helicopter flight above the "strip" is a must do, 1....2..... Another must do is a helicopter flight & landing to the Grand Canyon, a light aircraft low level flight to Monument Valley followed by a back breaking super fast 4x4 "tour!"
STOP PRESS FEBRUARY 2010
Just had a return visit to one of my favourite Public Underground Air Raid Shelter on Plymouth Hoe. Lots of great stalactites & even original 1941 "No smoking & no dogs" hanging on the wall - silently as they have done for the last 70 years! (see below) Recently I came across these early 1960s "Jamboree Bags" - I used to get these when I went to Ford Primary School in Plymouth. For 4d, you would get a few small hard sweets, a few toffees, some stickers & a toy!! Some time ago I found a fantastic very large aerial photograph of Plymouth in a skip - Plymouth's preferred place for it's history. Thank heavens Portsmouth has again shamed Plymouth by giving HMS Plymouth a permanent home - amazingly there was no room for it in Plymouth!! Click on this link to see my sectioned copies of this aerial print, I think it must be late 1920s, or 1930s. Now a 2010 video of the air raid shelter described above. Now H.A.W. sends us the story of a tragic seaplane accident at RAF Cattewater, known better as RAF Mt. Batten in February 1941.
Some photos here from an album mostly shot in Folkestone - most of the images are of Folkestone, but not all, such as this one of three young women in bonnets on Plymouth Hoe. This seems to be a very posh house, the billiard room...1......2..., boating by the river...1......2...., the house itself, a gentleman's country pile...1.....2....3...., a country school, a very ornate dining room....1......2.....3... & here a superb fireplace, here the "parlour" & is this child a "street urchin" or is she just loving getting mucky? Here it looks like we are at Folkestone Harbour...1.....2.....3......4......5....6.....7......8......9....10....11.
We look here at Willie & Dolly Joanknecht of Plymouth talk in 1994 about the love between a German soldier & a Channel Islands girl during the Channel Islands occupation in World War II. Now a look at the 3pr Hotchkiss saluting guns that used to be mounted atop the Prince of Wales Battery at Eastern Kings, Stonehouse, Plymouth. In the early 1990s remains of World War II beach defences were found - incl. live mines still mounted on them - at Tregantle Beach, East Cornwall...1......2... Then here we have a specific look on how the Victory in Europe 50th anniversary was celebrated on Plymouth Hoe...1.........2.....
Some video here of a hunt for shrapnel on Plymouth Hoe & Eastern Kings, now video of 1940s graffiti of men jumping out of crashing planes & "V for Victory" signs. Here is a short film of the now destroyed High Street Flats, Stonehouse, Public Basement Shelter. Now we are off to the huge semi-underground air raid shelter at Hyde Park School Plymouth. Still at Hyde Park School, & during a mock air raid, the teacher tells the class that "people are dying to keep the pink bits pink on the world map!" Another two films here of the Hyde Park School shelter again....1....2... Back underground again at the shelter at Devonport Technical School. Now we look at the VE 50 & VJ 50 celebrations in Plymouth & the westcountry back in 1995, part 1, part 2. Here is the 1982 Plymouth Falkland Victory Parade, while this is a unique documentary on the loss in pre war 1939 on the loss of HM Submarine Thetis in Liverpool Bay. Now a fascinating film -1970s-80s? on the history of the rifle - Riflemen All!! Finally a full length version of the post war film looking at life & people in bombed & blitzed Plymouth - The Way We Live.
STOP PRESS JANUARY 2010
STOP PRESS CHRISTMAS 2009
A new direction here for Cyberheritage; a look at the work of Cornish artist David Hosking who is based in the seaside fishing village of Porthleven. Here we see him talk about four of his paintings & the philosophy behind them. Boats at Porthleven & Marazion Sails Looking West, Afternoon Beach.
A look here back to 2005 when Pink Fraud played Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall - of interest as they played Atom Heart Mother in full. Here is a film from 1981, made by the local Plymouth BBC in 1981, it brings to life the Dartmoor folk story of "The White Bird of Laughter Tor." I bet nobody has seen this since!!
STOP PRESS DECEMBER 2009
Back to 1982 & the Falklands Conflict. Here you will see much "raw" news material as broadcast by the BBC & ITN working in a "pool" system. Much of this footage has not seen the light of day since 1982 - it maybe even lost or erased - they used to wipe master video tapes for re-use!! Here are the Falkland Islanders - among much more & multi topics, this is "Bomb Alley" at San Carlos, again among much varied material. This footage looks at the start of the conflict, here the Task Force sets sail for the South Atlantic, & sails south. A young islander, living in Swan Inlet House, tells her story - I wonder if she ever saw this broadcast in 1982?? The soldiers remember their fallen comrades, but are determined to carry on, now a look at the Hospital Ship "Uganda." Then their was the"surrender" of the occupying forces. Before this was the terrible blow of the loss of HMS Sheffield. Not forgetting the devastating air raids San Carlos. Once home there was a parade in London, a "Salute to the Task Force." Here the QE 2 returns to Southampton Water. Do you remember the soldier saying; "Get In, Get in over with, Get Home?" The name "Bluff Cove" was no bluff. "Somebody out there do something - anything" was a message to the world from one Falkland Islander speaking on an American news cast. Colonel "H Jones" was killed in action & his bravery has now gone into Royal Marine history. The scene at Portsmouth when HMS Hermes came home - I was there! When the luxury liner, now a troopship, the Canberra, came home, well, all the girls went mad!!
Leaving things military, here is how to make "Tracy Island" the Thunderbirds south sea island secret base - as shown on BBC`s "Blue Peter." In 1982 there was a TV programme looking at the magical buried golden-diamond hare from Kit William's book puzzle - "Masquerade." Here it is - when it was found.
In 1973, I travelled to Gunnislake & Calstock, via Bere Alston on a BR "DMU." I well remember that the Bere Alston station name "totems" were still in situ, while Gunnislake, Calstock, along with Bere Alston & Bere Ferrers still had a healthy dose of LSWR & SR green & cream paintwork - just oozing atmosphere.
Christmas is coming....looking for a present for someone in your family who loves history, well at a £ tenner or so a go, photo CDs from my friend Jim Payne who runs the "Through their Eyes" web site have got to be on your list. They are hires scans taken directly off original photograph albums. Let's have a look at his latest offering - you could have these printed out & hanging on your wall by Christmas.
These date from the private diary of an Admiral Tomlin of the Royal Navy at the start of the 20th century. Each CD contains all the images from the original albums. Check out his latest offerings at http://www.throughtheireyes2.co.uk He does paypal too if you are overseas. His images are truly unique - get them while you can.
I have some "new" old 16mm films for you. I start with what looks like a film about the Landgirls of World War II - they seem to live in huts, in a camp, with a smelly chemical loo!! but are the men and women on the railway station platform - being de-mobbed? Then a film about the 1950s rich on holiday before the word "package holiday" was invented - luxury at home, afloat & on the Zermatt piste. They also take their car on the ferry, on the ferry being the thing!! No thumbnails for a great little film, 1950s era set at Marlow in England. Now a 50s film on Iran - a different perspective than we are used to & more positive. Finally, again 1950s or early 60s sees what looks like £10 Poms on their arrival in Australia, docking in Freemantle.
STOP PRESS NOVEMBER 2009 - an historic & unique photograph of the crew of HMS Thetis
This battered photo may well be unique, it's the ships company of HMS Thetis - likely the crew of the ex/cruiser/blockship HMS Thetis expended during the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918. The uniforms are WW1 and they look like stokers on the right. It looks like one or two men have been hidden due to tears, but apart from that, it looks complete, click to enlarge. Amazingly it originates from Jimboomba, Brisbane in Australia. Thanks to John & Christa Kennedy... firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 military postcards can be seen above. Left is a 1913 photo of soldiers on exercise camped close to Scraesdon Fort - which can be seen in the distance right - with more tenting close to it. I think this photo was taken from Tregantle Down Battery, which is close to the main road that links Tregantle Fort to the fortifications overlooking Whitsands Bay. The centre photo is of Okehampton Battle Camp on the northern ace of Dartmoor in Devon. It was posted in 1904 - many of the buildings are still there today, in fact the camp looks just the same almost! This is the back the card. On the right is a photo of Cawsands, a fishing village close to the approach to Plymouth Sound. It's dated 1909 - see the back here - & it shows very well Cawsands Fort that stands guard over the village.
The two above are from around 1907. They show Tregantle Beach at Whitsands in South East Cornwall. There seems to be, in the left hand shot, fairground swings on the beach - how did they get those down the cliff path?
On the left above we have an undated view of the western end of Plymouth Hoe, taken from what was the pier. It's much the same today, sans pier. Centre is a 1957 photo of Portwrinkle Hotel in Whitsands, Cornwall. At right is a fine view of Heybrook Bay, close to Wembury, to the east of Plymouth, sadly no date.
At left is an electric tram at Milehouse, at a guess, early 1920s. It's driving along what is now Milehouse Road with the houses of Trevartian Terrace behind it & the Embassy Club building at its front left - all still here exactly as in the photo. Middle is a 1903 artwork of the Barbican, Sutton Pool at Plymouth. We see Fisher's Nose, or Elphinstone in the background along with the cliffs of Mount Batten & Jennycliff. At right, maybe 1902 or 1903 is an artwork of Plymouth Hoe's rocky foreshore with Drake's Island & Mt. Egdecumbe in the distance
Lastly a mystery image. Where is the house above? It's sent by a "Sunny Jim" from Plymouth to an address in Mt. Gould, also in Plymouth. Is that a rigged sailing ship in the left background, is it flying the Ensign? What do the hand written "squiggles" on the back of the card mean? D.L. of Cawsands has identified it as a Georgian style house close by Mashford`s Boat Yard at Cremyll in East Cornwall, just across the Tamar from Devonport, Plymouth.
STOP PRESS OCTOBER 2009
Ever heard of - in Plymouth - Turner's Tea Rooms, Nichols Sports, Ruse Furnishers, Bearus Jewellers, Pryor's [Plymouth Shorthand Academy, Heath's Photographs, Ashton Bookshop, Butler the Tailor, "Hoe Breeze" perfume from Ralph's Pharmacy, Doidge Stationers, Moon's Music, Balkwill Chemists, Channon violin maker, Pote Tailors, Grose outfitters, Bone bakers, Liddle florist & tea gardens, Pratt pharmacy, Roslyn House bed & breakfast, Berni Grand Hotel & the River Yealm Hotel ?- phew, well look here.
We take a look here at flower growing & fruit growing in the Tamar Valley that mostly divides Devon & Cornwall. The location is Pitt Meadow at St Dominick. Below are a "then & now" photo of Hunters Oak at St Dominick - not much has changed. Thanks to Terry for these.
Apologies to those who send the following material in, as I have lost your details that I need in order to credit you. Below we have a flown first day cover of Brymon Airways when they made their first passenger flight from Plymouth to Morlaix in France. The aerial shot is Devonport Part in Plymouth from around 1944. It shows the American troops forming up prior to D-Day as well as, at centre top, the outlines of the underground passages that comprise two o the parks Public Underground Air Raid Shelters - it's the "geometric squarish shapes." This is a nice early shot of the now long gone Greenbank Hospital in Plymouth, known at this time as the South Devon Hospital. Now we are on the pyrotechnic front - featuring a "Standard Bird Scarer" then two shots of a " Flash Powder Strung Maroon 1.. 2" This is a nice box of 144 Brock's Fireworks "Bangers." Here we have some great scans of original documents from Emily Rocha, of Livermore, California, USA. They show auction/sale documentation for Radford House & Hooe Manor, now part of Plymstock, Plymouth. Now a personal story from the Plymouth Blitz, see the story of Dawn Walker (nee Sheila Harvey) now of Penzance here. This is a "souvenir of the Great War", HMS Lion after naval action in 1915. This is a 1950 edition of Popular Science - & it looks at making fireworks. Some nice firework dummies here from the 1960s - thanks to Phil Jones.
Thanks to Terry Phillips of Plymouth for these tremendous photos & postcards of World War 1, British, Australian & German warships. He felt that they were so good, they needed to be shared, well done Terry & thank you - you are right. These are shown in memory of Keith "Jinxy" Johnson 1952-2009. Now we have some underground colour posters from a Plymouth air raid shelter. A relative of my wife, Nelda Bridgeman sent in a great photo of her Grandmother's shop in early 20th century Plymouth -it was at 22, Morris Park, St Budeaux. What goodies must have been in there?
Stan Johnstone of the UK has sent in these great images of old British fireworks & their boxes - including Mersey Fireworks. What memories. Some more old 16mm cine film here now: A 1950s or 60s look at a USA holiday. I was at Hawaii, Waikiki beach this August 2009 & its changed - but the surfs still there. Lots of old US cars & diner shots. Then on to Canada, train ride, then Grand Canyon & a shot of a Super Connie airliner. A holiday from the 1940s or 40s in Portmeirion, then Skye, Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye Ferry. Nice shots of the Skye ferry. No one at the time could have guessed that international fame would come to Portmeirion as the prison for "The Prisoner" I am not a number, I am a free man, said No.6 - & that's not a cigarette name in this case. Here we have 1950s-60s testing life jackets.....what else can it be - constantly jumping in the sea or pool with all your clothes on! This short film 1930s or 40s is called "Bungalow Afternoon." Here is the very end of it that shows a girl on a bike - looks a peaceful time. Here we have part 1 of a RNLI film - from the 1994 film "RNLI" must be one of the last in house films made in 16mm -sorry about the sound. This is the end bit of the RNLI film that`s missing. This is a September 1929 holiday to Whiting Bay on the Isle of Arran, Scotland - lovely film of a family holiday from a bygone age - look at the semaphore signals on the end of Whiting Bay pier. The boy on the tricycle can be better seen here. 1982 sees "Protest and Survive! a BBC community film made by schools - it's about the threat of nuclear war. Now a 16mm holiday look at Plymouth, Dartmoor, Postbridge, Polperro, Looe, Dartmoor ponies and Hereford cattle market in the late 1950s, probably 1959. This is a look maybe in 1950s at the hydroelectric dams being built in the Snowy Mountains near Melbourne Australia - look at that 1950s life style. I love Australia - it really is a top place, top people- in every way - same for New Zealand. Here is a nostalgic look at the package holiday scene in Britain in the late 1960s/70s when Clarkson's holidays were supreme- remember their airline "Court Line?" Next we see the Circus coming to town in the traditional fashion-but when & where? See New York here in 1948, a brief film, poor quality, but maybe of interest; Broadway, the skyline. "Do you remember Roy of the Rovers?" if so you'll know he was "last of the good guys," the guys being Plymouth rock band Mercedes who were the best band in the in the 1980s - all their own material. Well they are back and gigging well. Mercedes are a top rate man, up there with any of the names; I though there were history, remember the Ark Royal & Phoenix? - but history has come back alive - try to go & see them. Set 1, Set 2 part 1, Set 2 part 2.
STOP PRESS JULY 2009
A few weeks ago Channel 4 TV in the UK did a major documentary "Churchill's Darkest Hour." This was Churchill's order to sink/seize the French fleet before the Nazis could turn them against the British. This was carried out on a world wide scale - the first action being here in Plymouth; the seizing by Royal Marines of the French super submarine "Surcouf" while moored alongside Flagstaff Steps in Devonport Dockyard. There was an exchange of arms, deaths on both sides, before the sub was seized. Channel 4 did an accurate re-enactment of this as they realised it played a pivotal role in World War II & was instrumental in starting the "lend lease" of vital warships from the US. It was the only British land based action of World War II - & fortgotten.
Well good old BBC in Plymouth, the "Inside out" programme had a little while before decided not to proceed on a 5 min mini documentary on this very incident. Despite having the incident, local graves, graffiti of the "Surcouf" in an underground air raid shelter used by the Royal Marines in the war, contemporary accounts of the time, as well as the discovery of a long lost air raid shelter on Plymouth Hoe used by the Surcouf crew & Free French PLUS a band of young local people trying to "do something" for Plymouths` disregarded history - local Plymouth BBC decided not to do anything. So the question is; "what is the link between local BBC & Plymouth City Council?" It's a tough one that? How can they be so rubbish? These press clips are under plastic in the "under threat of closing" Devonport Dockyard Museum ( don't forget - Devonport Dockyard Museum - it's excellent, of value, interesting & therefore no good to Plymouth - the City who looks ahead!!) are all that stand today in memory of this incident; 1.....2......3......4...
STOP PRESS JUNE 2009
Here we have some great 16mm film of a 1945 Victory Fete. Where can it be? See stills below. Who are the people? It also shows a cruise on the Thames in 1959. This lovely house is called Little Paddocks, is in Mayfield, Sussex - it's still there, but who lives there now? Here is a 1940s, maybe 30s, garden, all in colour along with the River Thames at Harlow. Here families play on the beach in an age long gone. This is an unknown 1940s or 1950s wedding. Another wedding in the 1930s is here along with fun in a swimming pool. Lastly, sometime in the 1920s or 30s we have a marching band & a family out apple picking. The people & families in all of these look similar, so could they be the same family. I have labeled them all as Collection A. Right up to date now - even more snakes at the bottom of my garden.
Here we have some unknown 1920s, 30s film of somewhere in China, found in the bottom of a box that contained the Pell family archive - see elsewhere below, they are all on this site. Then an early 1960s view of South Africa. Finally for now a 1940s, 50s cruise ends in Plymouth Sound & shows much military building at Penlee Point. Both these last two films have very interesting footage of "crossing the line" while at sea, i.e. passing across the equator. Who is this little girl below? She looks at us across the years - lost in time to us forever. This cine film taken in 1937 brings her to life on our PC screens. She must be in her 80s now, if she is still alive, who is she, what is her life story, did she have children, is she your Grandmother - if so how did this superb film end up on ebay, why was it not kept, why was this family heritage just sold? Divorce, early death, or maybe killed in the Blitz..........the film is shot in Dorset at Studland Bay, Corfe Castle & finally up north in Robin Hoods Bay, it's here. Above all she could not have known about the storm of World War II that was fast heading her way. Now off to The English Lake District for water sports, car ferries, steamers & a train ferry -1920s style - it`s all here. Here we have 3 films in apartheid South Africa, taken in 1960s, you can see the "white rule." Thank heavens things have moved on. Good shots of the voyage down, Union Castle Lines, crossing the line, white indulgence, black servitude; it`s here 1......2......3.... Still in South Africa, we have a white condescending look at a little black boy is here - dreadful - it`s here. Life in 1950s Canada is here. This is a Honolulu holiday in 1952. Here we have two Spanish holiday films from the 1960s 1....2.. while here we have three Swiss holidays in 1960s 1......2... ...3.....This shows us Australia and the Poms in the 1960s, here America in the 1960s, while this is Japan & Alaska in 1970. Now a film, 1960s about the Himalyan region of Hunza - I wonder how much of this has changed? Two films of 1950s posh school sports days, here & this one with a mad RAF/Army glider simulator in use. The French & Italian Rivieras get a look in here in the 1960s, with another look at American 1960s life along with 1950s Hong Kong. This is a "lost" wedding film, maybe from the Pell family - how could it be lost? Almost last, but not least a look at 1950s civil aviation, BOAC etc - Stratocruisers, Connies etc. Lastly, not historic, but interesting, is this video of the grass snakes at the bottom of my garden here in Plymouth, you can see one play dead.
STOP PRESS MAY 2009
Recent works at Plymouth University have unearthed a buried eastern entrance to Portland Square Public Underground Air Raid Shelter. Thanks to T. Rees for these pics. This was the scene of the biggest single loss of civilian life in the Plymouth Blitz of April 1941 when more than 70 persons were killed by a direct hit to the eastern section of the shelter. It is a sobering thought to be completive that those that entered through this entrance and went left - died, while those that went right, lived. ( see my other pages on this shelter below) After the hit the shelter had to remain open, Plymouth could not support the loss of 800 refuge places - so the shelter was literally hacked back to the closest "good bit" i.e., unaffected by the blast, & a brick wall built across to section off the devastated area which would have been backfilled with rubble as further blast protection. In case you're wondering "what's the chances of Plymouth preserving this?" the answer is "nil!" - of course. In fact very recently the Uni made a lot of a ceremony (as they should) that unveiled a sculpture to those that lost their lives here. It's on the site, it's above the shelter - yet in true Plymouth tradition, the real monument to their memory, a tool that could teach youngsters the tragedy of war - is not mentioned, shh, someone might find it interesting - or even worse, preserve it! - after all, it's at the Uni, a place of learning & culture?? Almost all of the non-bombed shelter is perfectly intact - even with a colour poster on the wall advising you to change your underpants before going into the shelter - a hygiene tip - if you got injured, dirty undies could infect your wounds. Plymouth City Council will lend them a demolition ball I am sure.(see April 2009) In defence of our elected/employed numpties of anti-heritage - it is simply not true that Plymouth City Council has no interest in heritage. In fact only the other day I saw a council man attending to the weeds that are slowly destroying the once glorious Palace Theatre in Union Street. He was spraying fertiliser on them! Cyberheritage`s Portland Square site is here on this link.
Hundreds of people, & especially children, where very upset & disappointed when they visited the ex RAF Bolt Head to find that the "new swing" they so much wanted to see - having heard so much about it, (see April 2009 below) had not been built to replace the monolithic RSG bunker that is here after all. We had bouncy castles, ice creams, vintage cars, funfair but no swing. The sobbing kids instead were forced to spend hours exploring underground, seeing how World War III would have been, their imaginations filling the dark passage ways & machinery rooms. When questioned, 9 out of 10 children* said " the bunker was more fun than the swing." As I thought. Thank heavens this bunker was not in the callous clutches of thicko Plymouth City Council & their new aids in heritage vandalism, the bad old "friends" of Devonport Park. This lot are so educated in culture & the role of heritage in a nation's/city's pride - that they called me a "freak." You bet I am! Outside the bunker was a ram roast - of course if the bunker had ever been used in anger the only roasting here would be the likes of you & me. It is good to see "weapons" into "ploughshares" - or here BBQ sites. The falling of the Berlin Wall & the fall of the Iron Curtain, linked with all the eastern block countries coming to the EEC has to be the most wonderful movement for peace - almost ever. Rather than bomb me - they now wash my car, drive me around in a taxi, & serve me in a bar!! * who expressed a preference One of the reasons Plymouth City Council may cite for nil interest in opening a bunker/shelter on their patch is that great opt-out "Health & Safety" - well despite hundreds of people passing through this ex Regional Seat of Government bunker, the fleet of ambulances, field hospital, mobile blood bank & operating theatre - stand by helicopter etc, were not used - even once! Joke!
Now here we have some 1946 aerials of Staddon Heights, near Plymouth, here is one image, while this one at 9.6mb includes the Breakwater as well. You can see the massive ditch at the south side of Brownhill Battery. Few realise that one just like this ran from Fort Austin in Plymouth all the way to Eggbuckland Battery ( now the garden centre) - traces are still visible, it must have been a fantastic sight when it was complete.
STOP PRESS APRIL 2009
A fantastic new web page from Through their Eyes & Jim Payne is now up and running, many of the recent additions on this site use their material, so check out www.throughtheireyes2.co.uk It's a new site, so will need time to grow, so keep checking it out.. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Paul Badoosh & his pal Si TTW, have been working hard trying to record Plymouth/Devonport wartime heritage in spite of the efficient efforts of Plymouth City Council to destroy it!! The underground air raid shelter described below in March has now been mostly destroyed by Plymouth City Council working with the "Friends" of Devonport Park ( yes seems odd..who needs enemies!!) & funded by a Heritage Grant from the National Lottery (even odder). I was approached some time ago by the Friends of Devonport Park with a request that I help them find an intact underground air raid shelter with a view to opening in to the public - well I wish I never got involved with this lot as a superbly intact shelter has been almost completely destroyed in their heritage plan - certainly destroyed to any preservation point of view - in order to make the foundations for a child's "Tarzan" swing. I wonder how long Si & Paul's discovery will last? I hear PCC & the "Friends" are looking for a site for a rubbish bin - ideal, just what is needed! As a Plymouth person I can only say that I have never seen such ignorance & wanton destruction by buffoons - than with this lot. There is no excuse for ignorance, save stupidity. They destroyed what Hitler could not. Plymouth Council always tells us that it needs new things - attractions - to bring visitors to Plymouth - & then it does this - its so sad it's funny - as I hear that in Devonport Park come this autumn, they plan to hold a "World War II" day - it would have been the star attraction - maybe a drawing of it on an "interpretation panel" will draw in the crowds?! Anyway, back to Paul & Si, using fibre optics they found a patent passage in, & before long they were the first persons to enter this shelter since the war. Here is their video. Click here for the full set of photos. I wonder what child last played with that blue marble? Plymouth - WHY? - WHY don`t you care for our history & those who came before & above all those that fought for the free speech that lets me write this & tell the world what you are like? (in my opinion of course)
In 1994 when my friends & I put on a large D-Day 50 exhibition at The Dome on Plymouth Hoe for the above Plymouth Council, many visitors came up to me & asked.." can you direct me to the Pilgrim Fathers Exhibition?" or "." can you direct me to the Sir Francis Drake Exhibition?" of course I could not as Plymouth has none - the visitors were surprised. Even better was ." can you direct me to the old ships exhibition, sailing ships etc..you know?" Now here I could help, I directed them to...Portsmouth. Move on to the 21st century & we have " can you direct me to the Lawrence of Arabia Exhibition, you know..he was based here, at Mount Batten" I guess you know the answer by now. Plymouth that gave it's proud name to so many other Plymouths on so many far, distant & strange shores has nothing to celebrate this for visitors to come & see & thus power our local economy. I once tackled a leading Plymouth Councillor on this...." ah, you see Portsmouth looks behind, Plymouth looks ahead." Tell that to those who work in the tourist trade. Back to the Dome in 1994, after the success of the D-Day show that ran for about a month, I offered to extend it freely to help cover the bleak winter months. This was turned down & winter saw a return to the empty glass display cases. For the next season I offered a "Palmerston Fort" exhibition - it seemed a good idea as many of these large forts can be seen from the Dome's windows - I had access to all the bona-fide artefacts from the fort era & I had a proven track record with my earlier D-Day effort.
The response to my official written offer, at no cost save transportation of the artefacts, about £250 - was....wait for it...no reply. My case rests your honour & I don't mean the Plymouth Lord Mayor. By the way, the Plymouth Dome, situated in a fantastic historic location on Plymouth Hoe, is now - gone, closed for some years now, shut up - poor visitor numbers - I wonder why? What plonker masterminds all this?
In fact I would go as far to say that if someone offered Plymouth an historic warship, with a proud history, even built in Plymouth, with a good local name & delivered wrapped up in party paper with a nice red ribbon on it - they would turn it down. Wait, someone did!!! HMS Plymouth, a Rothesay Class Frigate, & yes, Plymouth did indeed turn it down. Apparently no room at the inn - too many other historic ships on display no doubt???!!! I have a tourist book in my collection from the Victorian era, it describes Plymouth as a place, & a people "with little imagination." Nothing changes. Leaving the best to last, in June 1994, myself & friends helped Plymouth Museum put on a brief D-Day 50 exhibition - by the free loan of many authentic artefacts. In 1994, June 6th fell on a Monday, the Museum closed on Mondays - can you guess the rest - Plymouth's D-Day 50 exhibition closes on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, bet the Portsmouth one was open!
STOP PRESS MARCH 2009
Some interesting images below. The first 4 are photos taken in 1990 & 2009 of some of the artillery spotters bunkers on Okehampton Artillery Range, Dartmoor. Sometimes looking more Bronze Age than 19th or 20th or indeed now 21st century, here & there on the moor they remain amongst the desolation. They were built for observers to see the fall of shot from artillery - to see if they were on target, very often the rounds passing close or over these bunkers. Does anyone have photos of them in use, maybe anytime up to the 1980s or so? They fit seamlessly into the landscape. Then an excellent shot of what was Cornwall Beach at North Corner, Devonport, Plymouth; the Swan hotel/pub is now flats. Next a super restored Air Raid Shelter poster that thanks to the wonders of digital media looks much better than when it was found & photographed in Portland Square Underground Air Raid Shelter. The shot of the derelict building was taken in 1972 in Forder Valley, Plymouth. Now gone, what was it? Lastly Fernhill Plantation, Ellfordleigh near Plymouth brings us a photo of a "Churchill's Army" "Behind Enemy Lines ammunition, supplies & operations bunker." Had Hitler invaded the UK, these would have been manned by complete unknowns to raise havoc against the occupying forces, their entrances being incredibly hard to spot.
This month has seen the uncovering after 60 years of one of the five known long lost Public Underground Air Raid Shelters in Devonport Park, Plymouth, UK.....just four more to do. The video of the shelter is here: the pick axe is of interest as they were issued to underground shelters in case a near miss bomb entombed the occupants - they could dig themselves out. Also found was a periwinkle shell - a valuable source of protein to those on wartime rations - such remains of locally harvested sea foods are sometimes found in air raid shelters.
STOP PRESS FEBRUARY 2009
To army life from bugle boy to life & death combat. To his first crossing the English Channel. To wondering if he would ever return. To making a Polish padre baptise a child at gun-point. To being stood in front of a firing squad twice, hearing the click of the rifle bolts, & the orders given to fire. To blowing up a German goods train. To a lovely Polish girl who twice saved his life. To a night spent in a Parisienne brothel. To retirement & a quite life in Plymouth. Written by John Southern of Looe. Look at the life & times of JAMES MAYES Also thanks to C Woods for the cracking shot of HMS Caesar at Malta, Mr M Weselby for the great shot of the box of now long gone, Wilder's Fireworks. Finally a big thank you to the unknown sender of this rare photo of the Jetex Space Ship from the 1960s. Do you have one of these intact, or even in pieces, if so can I buy it off you? Thanks to I believe a Mr Bryant of the Box Art Den for sending these pics in to me.
I am still searching for images or cine film of Penlee & Rame Church, Renney, Lentney Coastal Defence Batteries either in action, in an intact state, or from the 1940s to 1970s as they slowly fell to decay. Also same of Leigham, Luxmore & Rame Barton Houses. Looking at railways anything of the LSWR, SR around Tavistock, Bere Alston/Ferris(ers), Lydford, Bridestowe, Okehampton, Bow or North Tawton. Lastly but not leastly any images or film of the army training on Dartmoor, especially in the Okehampton, Willsworthy & Merrivale areas - particularly up to the 1980s - shots of men, equipments & barrack life. Anything of the Van Dike Club in Exmouth Road, Plymouth?
STOP PRESS JANUARY 2009
Above is a 1973 photo of Liskeard Railway Station in Cornwall. Note the semaphores, the telegraph going away in the distance & the so much missed station name board "totem". If only I had taken more photos.... On the above right is an artillery range spotting bunker at the Okehampton Artillery Range on Dartmoor, Devon; for a short video of it & and it's area, click here. Time permitting I would like to do a full photographic record of the bunkers that still exist. Any photos of the others? Anyone?
Some new videos here now, Rame Church carol service, candle lit with hand pumped organ, while here is the rite, also in 2001 of the "Rame Picnic". Going underground now we have Devonport High School for Boys, as was, underground air raid shelter, unearthed in 2001, video 1 & video 2. Just for interest, I have seen Irwin Allen's film "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" - 1960s, & was amazed to hear that the submarine's hydrophone operator - "Phones" spoke with the exact same accent as "Phones" in ATV/ G&S Anderson's "Stingray." Was this on purpose? Also of interest is that all 3 seasons (39 episodes) of Yorkshire TVs 1970s children's drama "Follyfoot" is now out on DVD. Superb storyline, excellent cinematography, great sound recording - birds, country sounds plus a unique soundtrack make it a work of art. It's not about horses you see, it's life & changing/challenging values. Some of the scripting is so intense - how unlike CBBC etc today! Being a student at Art College at this time, I truly fell in love with this series & it's production values.
Aerials here taken from the open window of a Beaver seaplane flying low over the South Pacific, my 2008 holiday. Now some aerial photos of Lopwell Dam & Maristow House near Plymouth. Still in the air, some shots off West London in April 2008. Some rare images here of a foundry at work, maybe in the early 1900s,but where? Below right is a mystery shot, circa 1910, but where?..there is a WH Smith there! Thanks to David Tait for these.
Some nice shots below of a restored South African Coastal Defence Battery - Simon's Town - especially the half uncovered sea mines, exact same pattern as those used locally here around 190s at what was HMS Defiance. Thanks to David Erickson.
Still more, aerials here of icebergs, glaciers & ice flows in Greenland from a jumbo that we took to LA in 2007. Aerials, from April 2008, again here of Gatwick Airport & environs. Here we have aerial images taken on approach to Los Angeles, LAX, Airport in august 2008. Here we have firework labels from the 1960s & 70s. Finally an old waterproof tin (thanks to Leon Keyzer) that once contained Schermuly Distress Rockets. More old firework material here, including an early 20th century November 5th, some size 5 Standard Skyrockets found in an attic in the USA. Very unusually are two images of Standard "Mega" Rockets from the mid 1980s, a technical drawing to show construction & a breakdown of the costings of each unit to manufacture. Thanks to Marty VWM, Joss Taylor, Matt H, Doug P, Nick Clark, Patrick Hickey) A mystery letter here from the first few days of World War II in September 1939. Who is the "German friend" & where is "the wall by Tremezzo?"...is "our side of the lake" a reference to Stonehouse Lake or the English Channel?...1.....2 Here is a better scan, thanks to Brian Hall, of the A8 submarine loss commemoration plaque. A casual collection of firework images, dummies and adverts sent in by many people is here, while a fine collection of Standard Skyrocket dummies, thanks to Alan Foster, is here.
STOP PRESS NOVEMBER 2008
We have just had a documentary on BBC 4 TV about the villagers of Romanian village of Glod being unwitting fall guys for the film "Borat." Any way you look at it they were portrayed in a very bad, crude, wretched, & backward/retard lifestyle. When I saw the original feature film I found it funny, thinking it was all actors. It seems now it was not the case. They now state they were taken advantage of by a slick western film crew & paid peanuts for a multi million pound grossing production. What I found odd is that their "libel/deformation" case was thrown out of court, while actors, pop & film stars seem to go to court at the drop of a hat if the media or someone accuses them of wearing the wrong colour socks - & win huge "damages."
Could it be that the good folk of Glod are too Gypsy to matter - they can be ignored, disregarded - I am sure we all know the man who also thought that, and what he did, it was good old Mr Hilter. Along with Jews, Poles etc, he really could not stand Gypsies & tried to eliminate them too in the Holocaust. If they had been Swiss, French, or Nordics would the court have been so keen to throw the case out. Maybe some of us still have outlooks from the 1930s!!
October was a sad month as we learnt of the death of Andy Tingle, leaving daughter Hannah & son Adam & wife Lesley. At 56 it was so unfair. He fought hard against cancer for 2 years, never complaining & strongly hoping he could beat it. His funeral at Churcham in the Forest of Dean was a wonderful tribute to his life & a fitting end to be held near where he was born & lived at Chaxhill Farm, Westbury - on - Severn.
October was also a good month, being frivolous, the issue of the final series of TV's -Yorkshire TVs 1970s children's serial - "Follyfoot" on DVD. I loved it then & I love it now on my 50inch plasma TV. Shot on film, superbly filmed & edited, wonderful background sounds, it's own musical score & storylines to wrench the heart. Truly nothing like it today. When it was first released I was an art student yet it still stirs the same emotions in me that it did way back then.
Here we have some great shots of Plymouth Trams. Photos taken at Milehouse Bus, sorry Tram Depot. Look at the destinations - Peverell, Princerock - study the shop signs & adverts behind the trams. These 2 photos show traffic congestion in Plymouth, 1930s style...1...2.. A fine 1930s photo here of Plymouth Hoe looking like a nice place for a holiday. Two images here of Marks and Spencer, & others at the temporary shopping market or "bombed out" Plymouth shops, often large shops just trading in a couple of stalls - they did this just "to serve" an alien concept today. This is a picture of Devonport Technical School. Two more images of "The Barbican" part of The Barbican...1....2.... Also a fine shot of a River Yealm boat house. Photos now of Derrys Clock celebrating the coronation of King George V, a look at Ilfracombe, the dam at Burrator Reservoir, a group of hikers at Cranmere Pool, lady swimmers on a rock, a view of the River Yealm, a girl from the Girls Brigade or Guides, a girl on Cawsand beach, a man and a boy on a shale quay/harbour, five photos of an unknown village or town...1.....2.....3.....4.....5. Thanks to Mr D. T. for these, all taken from the original photographic print..
Finally some more hi-res aerial images of Plymouth & Sutton Harbour in the late 1970s & early 1980s.
STOP PRESS OCTOBER 2008 v2
Here we have some fine images of HMS Renown at Malta, shots inside & out. Some more photos of No 2 MRU at RAF Collaton Cross are seen here. Thanks to Linda of Wembury for these fine old postcards & photos. Time prevents me from naming them, but I am sure many of you will know. Now here is one of my very first web sites, but scanned better, A to Z Royal Navy, ships A to L &ships M to Z. ..this is a huge site, have fun. Mixed among this site are some of my older web sites that you may have missed. In 2002 we visited a lot of military type museums - for those of you who can't get there - here are some rockets, missiles, bombs & things that generally go bang: Imperial War Museum, RAF Cosford , RAF Duxford 1 & 2, RNAD Gosport 1 & 2 - "Priddy`s Hard," Fort Nelson, RNAS Yeovilton, Woolwich Arsenal, Newhaven Fort, Tangmere Aviation Collection, Charlestown Museum & images of Totter Barrage Rockets at Newhaven Fort. Now some better, but not best!! res scans of HM Submarines up to the 1950s - lots of real "S" & "T" Class boats- if you can't download all these, you can get them on a CD at an even better resolution. Again mixed among this site are some of my older web sites that you may have missed. Here are some huge scans of Royal Naval surface warships, again on CD if you can't download them.
STOP PRESS OCTOBER 2008
Recently I saw this photo hanging on a wall, it shows Garden Crescent, and Radford Road - West Hoe, but before further development. Note the 2 tunnels, giving rise to the name of the wartime night club in the basement of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel - "The Spider's Web." What is now the tennis court is visible in the background & that hides a large multi level World War II air raid shelter formed within much earlier tunneling - such as seen in this photo??!! Click here for 1.....2. An unusual view of TS Cambridge is seen here c Dockyard Museum, Devonport. The fine painting of Plymouth Hoe was seen on the wall in the visitors cafe during a recent open day at Devonport Dockyard.
Thanks to Mr JR for these amazing photos of Plymouth`s Civic Centre & City Centre. Do you remember when it looked like this in the 1960s? CLICK HERE for lots more.
Here we go: some old 8mm cine from the 60s here of Plymouth Zoo, Ford Primary School - & it's sports day, a Hovercraft to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth, the then "new" swimming pool in Central Park Plymouth, the boating/paddling pool at Central Park, Plymouth, the return to Plymouth of Sir Francis Chichester & his Gipsy Moth IV, two air days here at Plymouth Roborough Airport ....Vulcan etc 1....2...., now its the 1970s & a look at Brymon Airways in action at Plymouth Airport...1.....2... & a HS Trident 3 at Heathrow, also the first High Speed Train into Plymouth Railway Station, finally some film of Plymouth City Centre, Milehouse, the fish quay - trawlers and Drake Circus/Harvest Home - boys from Sutton High School in about 1971.
ABOVE: Thanks go to Mr David K of Staddiscombe, near Plymouth for these images of the Boys Brigade at camp-mostly Renney, near Heybrook Bay. Taken c1900 they show a pride within the youth of the day that sadly has now gone. CLICK HERE for lots more.
ABOVE: Thanks go to Mrs W. also of Staddiscombe who has allowed me to show you these photos taken in 1951, we have "The Dolphin" pub at Newton Ferrers, the fish quay at Plymouth`s Sutton Harbour, and a trip to the Festival of Britain & a rare photo of RAF Collaton Cross. CLICK HERE for lots more.
STOP PRESS AUGUST 2008
A recent video of a trip to Okehampton Railway Station is seen here OKEHAMPTON RAILWAY STATION, DARTMOOR. It has a lovely feel of that Southern Railway green -ness. Do any of you have pics or cine of this line in it`s prime: Bere Alston - Tavistock - Brent Tor - Lydord - Okehampton - North Tawton - Bow etc. Also a video of a drive on the historic trackways within Okehampton Artillery Range is here OKEHAMPTON ARTILLERY RANGE TRACKS . I hope to do a web page on Okehampton Battle Camp - do any of you have any images of this in action - so to speak. Two videos here of the citizens of Plymouth singing & acting along with 29 Commando RA at Plymouth Citadel being back echoes o E.N.S.A. & SODS operas 29 COMMANDO RA at PLYMOUTH CITADEL -SODS OPERA from ENSA & 29 COMMANDO ROYAL ARTILLERY PLYMOUTH CIDADEL . Many more of my videos, some from the Pell archives of the 1920s - 30s may be seen here: www.youtube.com/cyberheritage
STOP PRESS JULY 2008
A fantastic new web page from Through their Eyes & Jim Payne is up and running, many of the recent additions on this site use their material, so check out www.throughtheireyes.org.uk It's a new site, so will need time to grow, so keep checking it out. Dr Who on BBC TV continues to be excellent. Some may ridicule the idea o moving planets around to form a "collection" but surely this is only a space physics predicted Dyson Swarm? Predicted also was the ring of A C Clarke "Space Elevators" surely spotted - but not mentioned around one of these harvested worlds. I have put up a video on YouTube about my expedition to Plymouth's "Portland Square Air Raid Shelter." The tragic events of this underground shelter are now enshrined in Plymouth's folklore, click here: PORTLAND SQUARE AIR RAID SHELTER IN PLYMOUTH ENGLAND Also new is a video of a 1991 community theatre play called "High Heels in the Rubble" which was commemorating the April 1941 Blitz air raids on Plymouth. it's excellent, very historical content accurate - Click here: HIGH HEELS IN THE RUBBLE - COMMUNITY THEATRE-PLYMOUTH 1991 Here is some video of the unearthing of the underground air raid shelter at Devonport High School for Boys in 2001: DEVONPORT HIGH BOYS PLYMOUTH AIR RAID SHELTER.............while here is video of a marble Chinese Chop that we found hidden away in a dark recess within the shelter. DEVONPORT HIGH SCHOOL -AIR RAID SHELTER-CHINESE CHOP FOUND Don't forget I have other heritage videos on YouTube, Looe, Polperro etc etc in 1920s, 30s & 40s, some of these are stunning 9.5mm cine films taken by the Pell family, check me out on YouTube by searching for user - or click here "leighammanor." Now a video of the air raid shelter at Sutton High School for Boys, Plymouth. This was under the west playground area. Video shows graffiti of Hitler, Goring, Churchill & Mussolini. Also sketches of battleships, planes, aerial dog fights, Heinkels, V ...- signs, "den den den da" or "dot dot dash" in morse, pilots bailing out on parachutes with speech balloons saying "help" - barrage balloons. Then there are words "they are in love" "kiss me darling" "victory, we will win" "Plymouth warship week" "bride of the NAAFI." a sketch of a raiding eagle, remains of toys, sandbags, anti-gas curtains, paper posters commanding "no smoking, no dogs" there was fear that the noise and stress of a raid could drive the dogs mad & they would attack someone. The older gentleman is Gordon Batten of Plymouth, who attended this school in the war when it was "the Emergency High School." Sadly he has since passed away, video being shot around 1993. In true Plymouth style this shelter and its imagery have all been destroyed. Finally there are some images from a large shelter under the garden of a large private house in Plymouth. Click here for the whole video: SUTTON HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS AIR RAID SHELTER
STOP PRESS "EXTRA!" AGAIN JUNE 2008
Thanks again to Jim Payne of "Through Their Eyes." All these can be bought from him for around a fiver. German U - Boat albums are hard to find, well here are 3!!. One is even U-47 after her attack on the Royal Navy at Scapa Flow un 1939. The other is general Kreigesmarine, while the third is Kreigesmarine 1930s onwards. Now a German Flak Battery, now a look at the Normandy & Italian landing bridgeheads. Here we look at the RAF in World War II while training in South Africa & the USA. Finally a look at the Royal Navy in the First World War. What's next from Jim? All of these are original unseen photographs.
two great images - the U-47 at Kiel & the German Kreigesmarine on holiday in London before the war
STOP PRESS AGAIN! JUNE 2008
Thanks to Tony Vincent for this fine collection of rock music broadsheet adverts, from the 1970s, it's Penzance Winter Gardens. Much, much more to come...
STOP PRESS "EXTRA!" JUNE 2008
Cyberheritage is pleased to be able to host images from the "private family albums" of days past from "Through Their Eyes." James Payne from the UK is the man here. The images here are very low resolution only, on his CDs they print out to A4 and A3 really well. Jim is doing an amazing job, buying in these albums at auctions etc, and rather than keeping them to himself in his own collection, he is making them easily available to all, costs ?? with p&p, much less than a £ tenner - an amazing buy. The more you buy off him, the more albums he will get and so the the more you will get, so do it!! I have because I want to see more. People like James Payne of "Through Their Eyes" is keeping our heritage secure by spreading the base of knowledge further. Cyberheritage has been stunned by the content and quality of these photos - most being the "happy snaps" from the Joe Public of the day. Cyberheritage has seen many great collections, but this is something else. All you TV researchers get hold of him and see what he has got, don't recycle old photos we have all seen before - go for something more. To contact him: web site here; ebay account "throughtheireyes2" - or, email@example.com or 07809 831411. Here is a sample at very low res. All his images are unseen. NOTE: some are very graphic indeed & show the true face of war. Here we go, HMS AJAX 1930s, HMS DELHI 1930s, HMS EXETER 1936 to 1939, HMAS HOBART 1940s, RAF in the 1930s, HMS LONDON & CURACOA in 1930s, GERMAN LAND FORCES IN EUROPE, THE GERMAN LUFTWAFFE, A GERMAN OFFICER, WORLD WAR I TANKS, GERMAN FORCES IN POLAND, GERMAN WORLD WAR II U-BOATS, GERMAN WORLD WAR II KRIEGESMARINE.
Then there is the American/Japanese Pacific album. This is truly unique, see a few samples below. It shows images of a type never seen before They are graphic in the extreme, dead after an attack, but above all one series shows the Japanese beheading prisoners. The images are explicit in the extreme. I have not published them here as children may access them, or even the descendents of the victims. The photos appear to be the "happy snaps" carried by & later found on a dead Japanese soldier. The CD from Through Their Eyes is complete with these images for those interested.
STOP PRESS: JUNE 2008
Lots & lots new here! First off, some amazing photos from the 1930s & onwards of local Plymouth Royal Naval Engineering Colleges: RNEC Manadon & RNEC Keyham, the Keyham workshops, the Manadon workshops, the RNEC at play, 1930s Keyham carnival & 1930s Keyham life. A look at the 1941 Plymouth Blitz with some not seen before images. A fine collection of photographic postcards here from the early 1940s - some having been "doctored" so as to hide some military installations. Now some great images of the Royal Australian Air Force in England & above all at Mount Batten near Plymouth. Still more to come, "don't know where, don't know when" but soonish. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to scan and send these in so they may be seen by a wide audience. See the taster below - by the way, look at the UXB picture this bombs friend was found in August 1998 by the ex-Sergeants Mess at RAF Mt Batten as we were setting up a firework display on the pier!! We were all evacuated off the pier by the Police & Bomb Disposal -having to drive about 1 m past the bomb - we all drove slowly!! What a shot, that Sunderland flying past the Eddystone Lighthouse! Please share your photos, when you pass on, your family may just bin them - it happens all the time.
STOP PRESS: MAY 2008
With my Mum`s passing, & work in general I hsve been busy of late. However I am slowly scanning 100s of new photos as well as collating those folks who have sent me scans.There is a huge amount to come soon. Until then.....
Top left, the old Toll House in Alma Road, Plymouth, close to where the Pennycomequick roundabout now is. Centre left & centre right, a view of Pennycomequick as was. Top left sees trams & cars in Plymouth's Union Street. Bottom left is Plymouth's Hoe Pier before it was Blitzed in 1941.Centre left shows a bombed city centre of Plymouth with Guildhall & St. Andrews Church showing. Centre right & far right are 2 views showing Bedford Street, Plymouth in 1902 - The King's visit - thanks to Terry.
Below are 3 photos of Pink Floyd at Earls Court in May 1973. The one with the dry ice cloud was taken during "Echoes" while the other one that looks to be ablaze was during "Careful With That Axe, Eugene." This latter shot has appeared in Phil Taylor's book on Dave Gilmour's Stratocaster guitars - the Black Strat. I took these myself.
STOP PRESS: OCTOBER 2007
My Mum, Gladys Eileen Johnson passed away on 12/10/07, my Dad's birthday. She was aged 83. Going through some of her things with my Dad, Leslie James Johnson, I have found some very good photographs including Pennycomequick in Plymouth. They will soon be up on this page. Gladys Eileen Johnson, 02/01/1924 to 12/10/2007
I have rescanned some aerial photos from the 1980s to a higher degree of resolution, we have: Dartmoor/Burrator Reservoir & area, Plymouth's central area of Devonport & Stonehouse, some aerial images of Guernsey in 1990, then aerials of Plymouth City Centre - Barbican - Sutton Harbour, now it's Plymouth Sound from the helicopter, now Marsh Mills - Leigham - Crabtree - Coypool, now Torpoint, Saltash, Rame Head, Penlee Point, Cawsands, here are some 1940s aerials of Millbay Docks & finally some more "wartime" aerials of RNAD Bullpoint, Ernesettle & Wrangaton. Have a look at these from "Through Their Eyes" Mr J Payne, World War I U Boat submarine photo album and also some images of a possible Japanese attack on Singapore or Freemantle, Australia in the early days of World War II. See large selection above as Stop Press Extra June 2008.
Here we go: two maps of 1645 -The English Civil War. This one is outer Plymouth, while this one is Plymouth town. (thanks to Phillip Photiou) A very rare photo now of the Scraesdon Fort railway - this one is 20 Coy Royal Engineers, taken in 1906. A smaller scan is here. These scans are of the Western Morning News in 1967 with a feature on the Scraesdon Fort railway 1, 2. (thanks to Graham Jones of Bristol) Brocks fireworks adverts from 1961, see below and here is a Wessex ad (thanks to Ivan Hissey) & a box of Wilders fireworks (thanks to Martin Weselby) The centre photograph below is of Hostin`s shop in Plymouth, or am I wrong, Atherton Place, Devonport? (thanks to Terry) Three posters here of the famous Van Dike Club as was 1, 2, 3.(thanks to Tony Vincent) Some of you may have seen on the BBC last year, colour cine film taken in the 1920s by pioneer cinematographer Friese Greene: it seems he may have had a studio in Plymouth? (thanks to Joanne Beattie of Australia)
This selection is from Miss Stivey of Stoke, Plymouth - click here to see some of her plates. Here we have some plates from the Bestwetherick family. Next is something very very special, 1950s era photos of the re-modelling of Plymouth North Road Railway Station.(thanks to Nick)
Some time ago we popped over to Switzerland & flew around the Matterhorn with Air Zermatt taking some interesting aerial photographs of the Swiss Alps - & some cool Swiss trains!! It's not often you get free aerial photos of the Swiss Alps anywhere.
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2007
I have collected as many photos etc as I can of the old Manor House at Leigham, Plympton, Plymouth. Do you have any of Leigham Manor? Surely someone must have some - or papers & documents!
STOP PRESS: AUGUST 2007
I am sorry to hear the death of Mrs Betty Saundercock (Bollard) in Plymouth, whose son, Chris, I have known since 1965. Chris helped me immeasurably in the early days of Cyberheritage. His mum was a great lady. Our thoughts are with Vic, her husband, & especially Chris, Mo & Sarah, & all the Bollards.
LOST TUNNELS LINKING PLYMOUTH FORTS - AN URBAN MYTH "BEGINS TO BE PROVED TRUE" BY DILIGENT FIELDWORK
This time last year, if someone said that I would set foot in the bombed & blitzed Plymouth Air Raid shelter of Portland Square - I would have laughed at them. I did laugh at Tony Rees when he phoned me - however the laugh soon was on me as he had indeed found the concealed entrance it and we did get in, see Stop Press JANUARY 2007 on this page.
So when I had a phone call last week from a Mr X, I similarly laughed at him when he said he had found one of the lost tunnels of urban myth Plymouth. The myth is that there are many "lost" tunnels linking the Palmerston era land forts to the north & north east of Plymouth. Everybody knows they are a myth & all tunnels are known, surveyed & recorded. When Mr X showed me his photos & his drawings - the smile disappeared again. Watch this space for what may well become an amazing discovery of lost Plymouth history, red tape permitting. Oddly enough Mr X used to work with the finder of Portland Square Air Raid shelter, Tony Rees!...& I have worked with both of them! To see a Plymouth Urban Myth Tunnel - a PUMT, click here.
Above: PUMT no.1, July 2007
Onwards!! Here is something different, a pair of stereo photographs of HMS Cambridge firing up St Johns Lake during gunnery target practice, circa 1880s to !890s. I had a call from Dave Gilmour's agent recently, asking to use one of my pics for official Floyd use, it was taken in 1973 at London's Earls Court, during "Careful with that Axe Eugene."
STOP PRESS: JULY 2007
At the moment here in Plymouth there is much Council fury at the 1960s icon the Civic Centre building being listed by English Heritage. The Council is not too keen on preserving it, basically they say it's not worth it, or it's an eyesore. Ok, ok, but to put things in perspective, we need to look at other Council owned buildings that WERE WORTH IT then we will know how they think, so write a list of what they have so far done, down. Now, the fun, to do this will you need either a large sheet of paper and a fine line pen, or a small piece of paper and a whacking thick pen! Which is it to be, here's a clue as to one that slipped through their bulldozer mentality. In case you're stumped, this gem, the Palace Theatre, is falling to bits. Here we see it in 1971.
More odd thinking -I have always found the turf covered fall of shot spotting artillery bunkers at Okehampton Artillery Range to be of great interest, see 1.....2.... It comes as no real shock to hear that Dartmoor National Park finds them "out of keeping" and is pressing the Army at Okehampton Battle Camp to remove them. They have been there for over 100 years and blend wonderfully into the landscape -they are the landscape!
Here we have some re-scans of photos from the 1970s & 80s. Featured are Heathrow & Plymouth Airports, as well s Exeter. So much has changed. Cadet Lamerton's photos of his view of the Falklands War are given a rescan - he was only 18 - & shown along with Cyberheritage`s own photographs of the Plymouth Victory Parade, as well as the ships coming home to Plymouth & the Hermes return to Portsmouth. Was it really 25 years ago? Now a few unusual artworks on "Scouting." Back to the future now to 1991 and a look at Cold War Spies and Atom Bomb Blast Calculators residing in a public jigsaw puzzle library at Pounds House in Plymouth. Graffiti in Plymouth Air Raid Shelters is seen & re-scanned - look out for the Crucifix with the inscription "Enter here all ye who need to rest." A rather amazing collection of old maps of Plymouth is here. Here is a unique photographic panorama of Mt Wise at Devonport, Plymouth- surely unique, - as well as some nice photos of "C Class" submarines. Now some scans of some artwork used in the Paton Watson - Abercrombie "Plan for Plymouth." "Park the Chemist" was a well known chemist shop on Mutley Plain, trading in an age old way - have a look. In case you've forgotten, this is how Drake Circus in Plymouth looked in 1975 & here is a collection of other 1970s photos of Plymouth - before cars were everywhere. This is good, three shots of the lead singers of Lindisfarne at the Van Dike in Plymouth in 1971. A Type 42 Destroyer HMS Liverpool puts to sea on a families day. A couple of photos of Mrs Van Dike, singing on the Hoe as a child between the Plymouth Blitz Air Raids. A look at R.W.Kingwells "Talbot" Pub at the bottom of Molesworth Road in Plymouth c1900. This one is a mystery. Three wartime, or just post war photographs of Royal Navy Submarines, "Tantalus," P231 & P231 again. This collection here are from the Rame & Penlee areas, Coastal Defence Batteries & people & villages, some taken in 1970, & others c1900. Back in the future, the present, Tony Rees has made an superb reconstruction of the only full colour poster we have ever found during our subterranean travels - it was found in the Portland Square Air Raid Shelter in Plymouth.. Now we have some good colour photographs of British Rail, mostly Western Region in the 1980s. Some more BR in the 80s are here too...& here again, this time Hadfield & Manchester. Now a photo collection album of mostly Plymouth photos, late 1890s, early 1900s, and some of the south coast as well, some are on my other pages, but these are bigger scans.
Dave Perryman went flying & shared his aerial photos of Plymouth, South Hams & S.E. Cornwall with the world. There are several cracking aerial shots here. Some better re-scans of Swiss Railways in the 1980s. Mr Hardick of Kelly Bray sent me in these unusual 1960s railway photographs. Mr Broom sent in these photos of the Falklands Conflict in 1982. Mike Caswell of New York has sent in two more photographs of HM Submarine Sibyl around 1945..1.....2... Two 1900 era photographs here, one of HMS Benbow, the other of HMS Bullfinch, thanks to Terry Kent. Valerie Jordeson sent in these images of the stricken submarine HMS Thetis high & dry on the beach after salvage. Photographs here of the Plymouth Hoe Boat Club in 1925...1.....2......3.....thanks to Susan Horswell. This is a charabanc outing around 1924/5 from St. Paul's Church, Devonport, Plymouth, thanks to Peter Siddall. Ivan Hissey sent in these two scans of 1961 adverts for Brocks & Wessex Fireworks. Looking at better scans now of Plymouth Breakwater & Fort, & Spitbank Fort in the Solent. A trip to Istanbul in 1976 is recorded here, along with Italy in 1975, & Tunisia in 1973. When I was a lad...I used to fsh in Millbay Docks - now banned of course, here are some 1960s shots of Cork Pier, Princess Pier & West Wharf, as well as a few odds & ends. In the early 1990s, Prince Rock Power Station was demolished, sadly killing a spectator (by flying debris) who was Postmaster at Staddiscombe Post Office. In 1977 it was the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Many streets were closed for "street parties." Here is one such event at Fullerton Road, Plymouth. More, even more, re-scans of Swiss Railways are here. Here we have rock band Genesis playing a very early gig at the Van Dike, either 1971/72....1.....2.......3, also here are Hawkwind & Medecine Head (thanks to Paul Gregory) for these two. This plan from the 1990s, was drawn by contractors working on Salisbury Road School in Plymouth - it shows the large number of Underground Air Raid Shelters it had. Three shots of the Torpoint Ferry in the 1980s...1.....2......3 Two photos here now of Mount Wise before much was removed ie the accommodation blocks..1.....2 Here is a Brymon Airways Twin Otter landing at Plymouth Airport & giving cars a fright in the 1980s. Two views of South Yard, Devonport Dockyard, probably 1980s, what changes there have been....1....2 Thanks to an unknown person for sending in this superb scan of a Falklands Harrier GR3 in action in 1982. This is rock band Stray at Plymouth Guildhall in 1971/72. What is the name of this ruined farm house in Forder Valley? Photo taken in 1972, the house now gone. A fine 1980s collection of boats here in Sutton Pool - how many of you remember the "Iverna?" Now a mid 1980s view of Powder Mills on Dartmoor. This is a 1990 aerial view of an unknown Channel Island. Pink Floyd are playing "Echoes" here among a swirling waterfall of dry CO2 at Earls Court in 1973. Finally two rotting hulks sleep away the years in Radford Lake, also known as Hooe Lake....1.....2. A powerful Class 50 BR locomotive has an easy load as it passes Keyham in Plymouth, in the late 1980s, Do you remember the concrete & asbestos bus stops - shelters -erected in the 1950s by PJS - Plymouth Joint Services, the local bus company, long before First & Stagecoach etc. This one is/was near Cattedown Roundabout in Plymouth.
Here we see a Class 47 storming the Devon Banks around Ivybridge in the 1980s. Thanks to the unknown sender (my fault, I have misfiled their details) of this photo of an early submarine the A8 - see my web page on the loss of this boat,and also the submarine H24.
STOP PRESS: JUNE 2007
Did you see "BLINK" - a Dr Who TV episode? Surely this must rank as a pinnacle of excellence in British TV. Dr Who is becoming a "genre" so in years to come he will still be about like Sherlock Holmes. Well done the BBC. Time travel is always close to me eg Portland Square air raid shelter, see below. Lots coming up now, some of these are hi res rescans of existing pages, but there are 100s of new pics for you. The text descriptions are sparse, but with work etc it is the only way to get anything up for the while. Here is a page showing the opening in 2007, of a US army "K" ration for the first time - it was sealed in 1942. Now a look at Widecombe Fair, Dartmoor, Devon, back in 1972. On to RAF Mt Batten - as was, the developers have done a first rate job of destroying most of the history there - who was Lawrence of Arabia, or Aircraftsman Shaw anyway? Here we have some rescans of images and pages from the "Navy & Army Illustrated, 1.....2.....3. Following on is a mixture of old & new scans here, one set is of Plymouth people in the early 1970s - out & about....1.....2.......3. Just here are some better scans of Heathrow Airport and Plymouth Airport - Roborough in the 1970s & 80s.
STOP PRESS: JANUARY 2007
FOUND! PORTLAND SQUARE UNDERGROUND AIR RAID SHELTER
...At the University of Plymouth. When Tony Rees phoned me up last year to say he thought he may have found the long lost & concealed entrance to Portland Square Shelter, I thought "I don't believe it!!" After all I had looked for it on many occasions & failed. I was wrong. Click on the link for full photos and report on finding & exploring probably the most infamous name in Plymouth's Blitz history - it being the grim scene of a direct hit causing the biggest single loss of civilian life of all the many air raids that were inflicted on Plymouth. It's all here on this link.
STOP PRESS: DECEMBER 2006
Steve and Karen Johnson invite you to go "up the creek" at their new natural history web site: "Johnson's Creek." It's a photographic portfolio of the history, flora & fauna of Manor Park, near Plymbridge & Leigham in Plymouth. The massive site is in collaboration with Dave Fenwick, the well known local plantsman & botanist & a long tern friend of 30 years to the Johnson's. See snakes, deer, butterflies, frogs & much more as well as the old "Leigham Manor" House.
Up Johnson's Creek!
STOP PRESS: OCTOBER 2006
WANTED: Any & all old negatives, colour & black & white, slides, & cine film (any size) - anything, just send the lot, postage costs will be refunded, just put the lot into a box or envelope and post to the address at the very bottom of this web page. Lots more to come, more old cine, more aerials, photos of Plymouth people in 1970s, long changed street scenes and more. WHAT remains of the Civil War were ever found back in the late 1800s and early 1900s when Plymouth was expanding out into it's then green hinterland? Where did all the fired cannon balls go, what happened to the mass burials in the pits close to the lines, were artifacts found, what happened to them? Plymouth was surrounded by a chain of earth and wood forts, ditches & redoubts, what happened to them during Plymouth's expansion? Fort Stamford still has a large earthwork, and Resolution Fort off Beaumont Road was found a few years back, but what about all the rest, Lipson Fort, Pennycomequick Fort, Hopton's Work & all the rest? I would like to recommend Phillip Photiou`s book "Plymouth's Forgotten War" - it paints superb topographical mind images of how the Plymouth landscape worked back in English Civil War days. Nick Goad sent in this fine shot of the area around HMS Cambridge & Defiance in probably the late 1890s. Dave Williams from Wellington, New Zealand sends in this photo of members of the Glanville family at Ford Park cemetery in the late 19th century. This is a modern view of the grave. Terry Rider sent in this image of a "Tug o` War" on Plymouth Barbican many years ago. Paul White set in these 3 tram photos from an unknown location. Brian Gerrard sends in this sot of a HE Bomb time delay use, or pistol. Made by the Wolsey car company in 1955 having a delay of 144 hours. The time delay spread of these pistols was 1/2 to 144 hours. This type was used quite extensively against the Japanese in the war as there was no tell tale clock ticking mechanism to give it away. New updates on Firework Museum page.
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2006 v4
A hi-res look at the Plymouth Breakwater and the Breakwater Fort is here, while Spitbank Fort in Portsmouth is here. A coastal defence battery in Gibraltar & Plymouth are here. The area of Drake Circus in Plymouth has changed much in recent years, this is how it was in about 1976 from the roof of the then Plymouth Polytechnic. Two wartime submarines are seen here at anchor in Plymouth Sound, along with a 1988 view of a floodlight & flare lit Type 22 frigate. Post World War II Blitz Plymouth owed much to the "Plan for Plymouth." Here are some hi-res artworks from the original plan document. Maker Church in Mt. Edgcumbe Park across the Hamoaze from Plymouth has a tall tower that by virtue of it's geographical position was used as a semaphore station over the years.
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2006 v3
Loads of hi-res railway photographs here from BR days in the Western Region, 1980s style. Two pages here of hi-res Plymouth and South West aerial photographs from around 1981. This is one, & here is the other. Very good resolution photographs here of Plymouth and area from Victorian & Edwardian eras, some are on this site in other areas but not at this quality. More 1980s material here of close up details of the gun casements on Drakes Island, the Bridge, & the Dragon's Teeth. Brymon Airways are seen here in action at Plymouth Airport, again 1980s. Next a most unusual nautical map of Plymouth Sound & Hamoaze. Scouting is seen here at the turn of the 19th century. Still more Plymouth underground air raid shelter graffiti is to be found here. Even more Victorian & Edwardian Plymouth & south west area photographs. UNIQUE WRITTEN TEXT ON THE LOSS OF THE SUBMARINE THETIS; "CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH" by P Armstrong. (apologies for the yellow formatting artifacts) Another piece here on the Thetis loss by A Shaw, a relative of one of the few Thetis survivors.
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2006 v2
Something new to Cyberheritage here, VIDEO!! HOURS OF IT! CLICK HERE to visit Cyberheritage`s video showroom at "YouTube." Some of the material here is stunning. Shot by the Pell family during their travels in the 1920s & 1930s, footage is of Looe, Polpero, Plymouth, London, Chester, Wales, Angelsey, Southend, Folkestone, Liverpool, Llandudno,& many more places, funfairs, lifeboats, trains, cars, air ships, seaside, town & country life - fashion, also "DUFAY" COLOUR film of digging for victory in 1941. Loads of film here - mixed in among this is some of my modern filming of fireworks, & diving in the Red Sea, so just hunt around. You may need to have flash installed. Back to still images, here are some very high resolution scans - huge files, sorry, of the NAVY & ARMY ILLUSTRATED, superb period images of Britannia.
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2006 v1
Some aerial images here of the fortifications around the Solent & the Isle of Wight, taken by myself & my wife in May 2006.
Here we have some great scans directly off prints from 1903. Some of these appear elsewhere on this site but these are the better scans. Next are some very hi-res aerial photos of London in 1946, (60mb) and the area around Plymouth too (280mb) They are both winzip files, you will need winzip to open. The London shots are normal jpegs, but the Plymouth, South Devon ones are "ecw" files. These need Irfanview to open, get it free here. Now a look at some of the less common hand grenades & militaria at the Bodmin Infantry Museum. Here is Cann Tunnel, almost under Asda at Leigham, Plymouth, seen elsewhere on the site but better resolution here, once a very large Underground Air Raid Shelter/Underground Hospital. This is something unusual here, during works in 2005 to redevelope the site of the former Cattedown Road School into a Nomony children's centre, the old school's underground air raid shelter was found - just look at the amazing graffiti of German U-Boats. Here is an interesting set of scans about a Royal Naval "Destroyer." Some photos of the British forces on the Falkland Islands in 1982, & images relating to Plymouth & Portsmouth during the Falklands conflict. Here are some images of a box of Frankfurt Arsenal cannon ball fuses from the 19th century. Now some 19th century scans of maps of Leigham, Estover, Mainstone & Longbidge, Marsh Mills. These are unseen colour photos on the cleaning of the hull of the recovered Holland 1 submarine at Devonport Dockyard. Now we have some photos of the wartime underground air raid shelter at Drake Primary School at Keyham, Devonport, Plymouth - originally Johnston Terrace School. This little lot covers the Plymouth Blitz, Cawsand and a VE Day party at Saltburn Road, St. Budeaux, Plymouth. Moving on, we have a fine collection of photos from the Beswetherick family (see below). Nice old fireworks here, and an old RNLI maroon launcher. More old Plymouth maps here, Last days of the old style Torpoint Ferry. Looking into a 1960s box of Pains Fireworks. Images and scans here of coastal defence, & especially some hand drawn sketches of Penlee Battery. Looking here at the Jubilee Inn, Burton Boys & Lockyer Hotel, Plymouth pubs now long gone. Very rare images of Radford at Plymstock, Plymouth. Unseen images here of the Eddystone Lighthouse, Breakwater Light, Saltash & Pennycomequick. Still more maps here. Superb aerial photos of the Solent & the Solent Fortifications - Hurst Castle, Fort Albert, Bembridge Fort & the enigmatic Sea Forts. Still more, colour photos of the Portsmouth Sub Graveyard. Look at this, "The Buzz" the wartime magazine of HMS Marne. some great rock acts are seen here on the Van Dike posters of the 1970s. Interesting odds & ends here, incl. Marsh Mills Station signal box, and more of same but different here. Finally, for now, more underground air raid shelter graffiti in this 1940s hideaway behind a present day Youth Hostel. THESE LISTINGS WILL NO LONGER BE REPEATED FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE IN THE MAIN LISTINGS IN A AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE SPACE.
STOP PRESS: MARCH 2006
First off, looking for help! Trying to trace any descendants of Ann Maria Jeffery, nee Beswetherick, born Lostwithiel, Cornwall, UK 1839, & their children William 1861, Louisa, 1863, Ned(?), Maud Mary(1870),Caroline(1873), Sarah Eliza..(Auntie Bert!)(1877)Edwina M(1878) & Stella Ann(1881). If you can help please mail me. Also trying to trace the Jeffery family in Essex & or Saffron Walden & the Campbell family from Maidenhead. See Beswetherick web site.
STOP PRESS: JANUARY 2006
Images of World War II, staff & wartime humour of the A.R.P. Plymouth Report Centre, taken from the local Plymouth journal "The Alert." Brilliant front cover artworks from the boy's comic "The Champion." Finally art & adverts from 1928 in the "what's on" for Devonport's Alhambra Theatre. Check out Brian Smith's new site on the famous Breeches Buoy Rescue Rockets, a content rich site that Cyberheritage is pleased to promote.
STOP PRESS: DECEMBER 2005
At last, a really good shot of Leigham House from the 1960s or early 1970s, together with a splendid shot of its rhododendrons, many thanks to George, (top left 2). Also a much better scan of that classic shot of the two little girls at Pisky or Piskey Pool on Plymouth Hoe, maybe very late 1890s to early 1900s, thanks to Derek Tait. Top right shows us a splendid view of the guns, older RMLs on the floor and more modern Breech Loaders emplaced - at Western Kings Battery in Stonehouse, Plymouth Sound in the early 1900s. Also we have a very important document on the loss of the submarine HMS Thetis in 1939 - the transcript of the official 1946 hearing into the loss and the case against Cammell Laird Shipyard (272k rich text file). Then two colour shots of an LST high and dry on Plymouth Breakwater in 1949. Now any early coach trip by "Royal Blue" in Plymouth. Thanks to those who sent them in. More still, three photos of an old ships fireworks box 1, 2, 3. Thanks to Mandy. Back to 1982 now and we have two shots of the vessel "Keren" a troop carrier in the Falklands War, originally the "St. Edmunds," the photo here is of a Remembrance Ceremony aboard her in San Carlos Sound - "Bomb Alley" thanks to Alan Robson. More material updated on Firework Museum.
STOP PRESS: NOVEMBER 2005
NOVEMBER 5th PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND, FIREWORK NIGHT: "please to Remember the 5th of November" well NOT here.
THE LAST BONFIRE
Plymouth City Council in it's wisdom decided to ban...wonderful word, "Ban" or as we say "Bannnnnnnnnnnn" all unofficial bonfires on council land in Plymouth. Driving around the city on Bonfire Night it seemed that the bannnnnnnn was 100% effective with tales of council workmen dismantling any bonfires as soon as they were built. Once upon a time every park and open space would have a bonfire on it with all the locals coming out to chat and meet instead of hiding behind locked and barred front doors with curtains drawn. However our wise City Fathers felt that this was dangerous and led to vandal and hooligan behaviour. So the bannnnn. Where we once had light parks, lit by friendly blazing light we now have dark, unlit and sinister parks, devoid of all humanity. Many young people tried to innocently build bonfires (this links with their school history studies of how King James, upon discovering and foiling Guido Fawkes Gunpowder Plot plan, ordered bonfires to be lit across the nation in celebration) but were thwarted by the council - save the Keyham Lads and Gals who just managed it in Alexandra Park. To stand up for themselves they sat down on it - the bonfire and won. Perhaps they had built and lit Plymouth's Last Bonfire. From the photos below it's clear to see how horrific and awful their behaviour is, or rather is not in keeping a little bit of our British history alive..."please to Remember the 5th of November"
CYBERHERITAGE TRAVELS TO AUSTRALIA & SINGAPORE - PHOTO ALBUMS OF:
COASTAL ARTILLERY ON ROTTNEST ISLAND, - NEAR PERTH, AUSTRALIA, - COASTAL ARTILLERY IN SINGAPORE AT FORT SILOSO, AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM AT CANBERRA, - FLYING OVER THE RED CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA, - ABORIGINAL ART FOR SCHOOL KIDS TO COPY & IMPROVISE, - TRIBAL BODY ART FROM PAPA NEW GUINEA, - THE ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE, - THE SCHOOL OF THE AIR, - AERIAL PHOTOS AT THE GLEN HELEN ROAD HOUSE, - FLYING HIGH OVER LONDON'S DOCKLANDS ALL ON CD EX.AUSSIE WAR MEMORIAL
PLUS AND ALSO......
Aerial views from 40,000 feet of the Red Sea and Sinai areas, Suez, Alexandria and more.
Some superb hi-res scans of advertising broadsheets from the world famous rock club, THE VAN DIKE in Plymouth. Many of you may not know that Pink Floyd, Yes, The Nice and Genesis etc. once played across the road from the mini-mart in Albert Road Plymouth!!
Official documents from Plymouth in the Blitz of World War II - Where the Bombs Fell, Civilian Deaths register, ARP Sector Plans, maps of Air Raid Shelters and more: they are all here. Nice 19th century image of Prince of Wales Battery, Stonehouse, Plymouth - it is much the same today as it looks over Plymouth Sound. Image 1, Image 2
STOP PRESS: OCTOBER 2005
100 years of Schermuly and Boxer Rockets of the Irish Coast Guard, images of the manufacture of World War II practice mortar bombs, the Danish Konsberg life saving Line Rocket, on fireworkmuseum.co.uk we have 1960s images of mint condition Standard & Brocks fireworks, and a look at the Brocks newspaper AND loads more coming soon...Australia, Red Centre, Great Barrier Reef.
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2005
Fixed the "lost" pages of various travel photos of Istanbul, Tunisia etc in the 1970s, including the amazing "il Palio" in Sienna, Italy. They are now here.
STOP PRESS: JULY 2005
Looking to do a web page on the legendary Van Dike Club that was alive and giggin` in Exmouth Road Plymouth from the mid 1960s to 1974. Many world class bands cut their teeth at the Van Dike, names such as Pink Floyd, The Nice, Yes, Jethro Tull, Genesis and Roxy Music all drove down past the bed sits in Albert Road and turned into Exmouth Road to park outside the stage door of the Van Dike. If you have photos of the bands on stage, crowds in and outside, anything of the building, press clippings or copies of the A4 sized monthly "what's on" handbills, then I would like to hear from you. Before it was the Van Dike it was the Purple Fez, in the war it was an Ambulance and First Aid Station. ..or any shots of the Isle of Wight Festival...Now it is burnt down having had a slow and seedy time since the glory days of when it was the Van Dike. The site is now rebuilt with housing. Below are some shots of a regular performer, the Pink Floyd on their August 1st 1969 gig, as well as shots of The Nice and Yes, with thanks to John Tozer.(firstname.lastname@example.org) Also, as ever looking for images of Penlee/Rame Church Coastal Defence Battery and Renney/Lentney as well.
STOP PRESS: APRIL 2005
THE LATE SQD. LDR. EDDIE "HANK" HANCOCK D.F.C. PERSONAL WARTIME RAF PHOTO COLLECTION - STUNNING! POSSIBLY THE BEST UNSEEN RAF COLLECTION THERE IS - ABOVE IS JUST A TASTER! (click above images to enlarge) above content: CREW OF "G" FUKA SATELLITE JANUARY 1941 plus the photographic collection of his brother Geoffrey Hancock RAF, another wartime RAF FLYER AND MORE AMAZING IMAGES.
STOP PRESS: MARCH 2005
Joyce Bentley of the Thetis Families Association writes about the loss of her brother Leading Seaman John H. Turner aboard the submarine Thetis.
It was with great sadness that I have recently learned about the death of a great friend of mine, a World War II Airborne Forces Veteran, & an amazing lover of history, that being Cyril Banfield. Cyril passed away at his home in Plymouth, sadly alone in the few days before Christmas 2004. He was in his late 70s but agile almost to the very end, enjoying many trips away to the museums of the UK and France. It had been my privilege to have known Cyril for over 10 years and enjoyed his company and knowledge both in my home and in the field doing research. Cyril was the finest you could ever meet in the UK armed forces. You are missed greatly by many.
MALDIVES and SEYCHELLES: a "how to do" diving family holiday, resort info, dive locations - exact places to dive from. Download as a "word.doc" document file, about 7mb, big, sorry, but contains all the photos and text you need, how to have a diving holiday without leaving the family on dry land!! it's here, click here, or right click and "save target as."
STOP PRESS: FEBRUARY 2005
Hayesleigh, now Ravenscroft House at Yelverton, Devon, England: in the late 1890s to early 1900s: many thanks to N. Gordy: a wonderful collection of Victorian happy snaps, weddings and picnics. The house is still there today. From a contributor in the US comes this amazing image of St.Anthony`s Head Lighthouse, Falmouth in 1942, just look at the WW2 camo!!.It`s a 1.75mb bitmap, so it will take a little while to load. There has been a major update at the Firework museum.
STOP PRESS SPECIAL: OCTOBER 20th 2004
A NEW HM SUBMARINE "THETIS" WEB SITE. MEMORIAL PAGE TO SEAMAN ALBERT YATES, LOST ON THE THETIS IN 1939, JUST BEFORE THE OUTBREAK OF WW II - A LOSS FOR WHICH THE "ADMIRALTY REGRETS."
This is a personal page by his Grandson, Adrian Yates of Plymouth, with many unseen images.(see also main Thetis page here)
STOP PRESS: OCTOBER 2004
Remember the days when the corner shop was "open all hours." Images of Leigham House in 1970s, ARP or ATS marching in parade along Mutley Plain in 1940s. Two aerial images in 1981 of the Breakwater Fort and Jetty..1....2...Looking at Okehampton Army Camp in the 1890s and when the Yanks were there in 1944, and Royal Naval Target Practice Seawards off Plymouth. Then some nice shots of Coastal Defence guns, and some WW I and WW II ammunition "Gas, Gas, Gas." Also a look at WW II Totter Rockets. Then on the railways, Class 37s steam heated in Scotland in 1984 followed by some mystery glass plate photographs. Still more new, a look at Plymouth College of Art and Design Photography Dept in 1970, and a look at Millbay Docks in 1970. Then a look circa 1900 ish at Plymouth North Road Railway Station and the old original Royal Theatre. Two old pics of the Britannia Inn at Milehouse 1...2, and a pic of an old car outside the Virginia House Settlement on the Barbican, two pics of D-Day troops leaving Torpoint in Cornwall 1...2, and two photos of an old Whitby..1...2!! A new page on the fortifications, Victorian & German of Alderney, Channel Islands, incl. aerial photographs of the forts and bunkers. Four photos of the tolls being taken on Stone House Bridge, early 1900s, 1....2....3....4. Brymon Airways at Plymouth Airport in the 1970s & 80s thanks to Ian Haskell, feature again in some already seen images now rescanned at much higher resolution (and some at Southampton) - 400k size. Also a shot of Elphinstone Quay in Plymouth in the 1960s - 350k, a 1950s aerial of the River Plym and Billacombe area - 400k ,thanks to David Perryman, and a fine painting of HMS Mauritius, 550k - sorry I have lost the details of the sender There has been a major update at the Firework museum. Some amazing hi-res photos of World War II grafitti in a Plymouth, England, underground air raid shelter.
STOP PRESS: MAY 2004
New collections of aerial photos taken 2003/2004 from "low" flying passenger aircraft. Areas around Exeter, Devon, UK, then some shots flying from Venice, Italy to London Gatwick, shows Switzerland and France too... then some flying low in a Dash 8 from Plymouth to Newquay, in Cornwall, then back up to London Gatwick, still more on another Plymouth service, further afield, out to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, via, Plymouth, Newquay, London Gatwick and back to Plymouth Airport again! These sites show lots of SW England topography, Clay Tips, estuaries, coastlines, rivers as well as London Gatwick Airport + more exotic images too!
STOP PRESS: APRIL 2004
Old OS maps of Plymouth, England, must be early to mid Victorian era or so. Spotted by SJ one day blu-tacked on a corridor wall at Marjon College, so out popped my digital camera and here we are! PLUS: HMS/M Sybil in WW2, as sent in by a visitor to the site AND some nice packs of Macau firecrackers (among other things!)..also sent in by a visitor! and more sent in, HMS Majestic c1895 (thanks to Ian Duque), and still more fireworks, old Brocks etc.
STOP PRESS: JANUARY 2004
UNSEEN c 1900s ERA PHOTOS OF PLYMOUTH & AREA, WEMBURY, RADFORD, THE EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE, ...UNDER SAIL, NEWTON FERRERS, NOSS MAYO, EARLY AVIATION . The early aviation ones are here...where is this early airfield? It must be near Plymouth! ALSO HI-RES: Blue prints of M1 submarine, T & S class boats. Models of Battling Betsy, Halibut submarine.....with Regulus missile & Thor missile base. World War II images from Plymouth, Lord Astor & evacuee, a young girl singing her heart out on the Hoe,... railway illustrations from the Eagle comic, box art from Revell missile kits plus Plymouth Blitz ARP shelter sector plans & a FALKLANDS beach scene, Meccano AND MORE: K-CLASS SUBS AT ALGIERS,.. L BOATS IN USA, STILL MORE: More old firework posters at hi-res!! and an Indian one. SENT IN PICS: SUBMARINE L-3 AT PLYMOUTH, SHIP`S BRIDGE ROCKET/SIGNAL ROCKET LAUNCH SYSTEM BY SCHERMULY ALL AVAILABLE ON CD
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2003
HI-RES IMAGES OF ROME & VENICE PLUS EGYPT, IDEAL FOR SCHOOLS DOING ROMANS & EGYPTIANS. IT'S ALL HERE, PHARAOHS, PYRAMIDS, HIEROGLYPHICS, TOMBS & TEMPLES, THE NILE, LAKE NASSER, NUBIA
STOP PRESS: JANUARY 2003
THE US IN THE UK!! PRIOR TO D-DAY-100 PHOTOS
US ARMY & NAVY IN ENGLAND, inc PLYMOUTH, 40MB OF AMAZING IMAGES, G1`s, CAMPS, PREPARATIONS,FUN,AT WORK, LANDING CRAFT, AT SEA, IN FLIGHT, CRASHES AND ACTION- IT`S ALL HERE! THANKS TO MIKE DEAN MBE FOR HIS WORK IN THE USA & PASSING THEM ON TO ME FOR YOU TO SEE, MANY OTHERS WOULD HAVE KEPT THEM HIDDEN!! click here for the photo album page, and click here for an "Excel" file of the photo locations and dates etc.
STOP PRESS: DECEMBER 2002
Large scan of Scraesdon Fort, should print out to almost A3.
STOP PRESS: OCTOBER 2002
Rare 1971 photo of Penlee Point showing Electric Lights, Observation Posts, Foghorn etc. - now all gone.
STOP PRESS: SEPTEMBER 2002
Shore treasure hunting on the 1912 wreck of the steamer Vectis at Andurn Point, Plymouth, Devon is here.
A new venture for Cyberheritage, the opening of www.cyberheritage.com/abroad .Early and mid 1970s medium quality photos of Moscow, Venice, Florence, Siena..."Il Palio", Lanzarote, Brittany, Istanbul and Tunisia. See how these places have changed in 30 years!!! ALSO with current time hi-res photos of Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii and Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Capri, Monte Cassino and the British War Grave at Cassino.
www.cyberheritage.com/abroad is here on this link
Very rare 1970 colour photos of Rame Coastal Defence Battery, Whitsands Bay, East Cornwall, which may be found HERE! Large scans, to print out to A3 of British Rail Specials to Paignton, Devon, featuring Classes, 40, 31 and 47, and also Clay in Cornwall - which may be found HERE. New also is the page looking at what remains of the Blitz - shrapnel hunt, and a gas mask ARP rubbish dump. Last but not least are these scans of some 1960s plastic model box art.
STOP PRESS: AUGUST 2002
JUST ADDED: PHOTOS OF OLD SUBMARINES AND CREWS, K6, K14, B5, B6, U54, D Boats at Torquay, early French boats at Dunkirk. PHOTOS ONLY HERE
STOP PRESS: JULY 2002
All "Cyberheritage" material, photos, images and web sites are now available on CD, mostly to a far higher degree of resolution and printing-out size, ideal for A3/A4 framing & hanging. Just ask. JUST ADDED: SUBMARINES, VERY LARGE A3 SIZE IMAGES, SEE BELOW, HERE; PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS TRIP TO LONDON c.1968, (also good 60`s view of Edinburgh and a few odd shots of luscious 60`s babes!!) TWO PLYMOUTH GIRLS SEEKING ROMANCE IN PARIS IN 1972, GOOD VIEWS OF OLD CARS AND PARIS SKYLINE, PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS TRIP TO AUSTRIA c.1969, GOOD VIEWS OF OLD CARS. PHOTOS ONLY
STOP PRESS: MAY 2002
I have just been able to get some colour negatives taken in 1991 scanned to a very high quality. Subject matter is World War II graffiti found in the Underground Air Raid Shelter at Sutton High School and also the shrub verge at Lower Street, both Plymouth. Done by schoolchildren from Primary to Grammar age, they are a stunning window into the past. Files are 900k at most. HITLER, CHURCHILL, GOERING, HITLER, MUSSOLINI, "PLUCKED NAZI EAGLE," BATTLESHIP, HEINKEL, HEINKEL, GOERING, GOERING CD-HI-RES PHOTOS
TO FIND OUT ABOUT CYBERHERITAGE`S HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO CDs - CLICK HERE
BELOW ARE A FEW INDIVIDUAL SAMPLES OF THE HI-RES SCANS ON THE CDs, HOWEVER THESE ARE STILL COMPRESSED, WHILE THOSE ON CDs ARE NOT,BUT WILL GIVE A FAIR IDEA. THESE IMAGES ARE NOT ON CDs, many negatives/plates are very old!!
TO FIND OUT ABOUT CYBERHERITAGE`S HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO CDs - CLICK HERE
TO FIND OUT ABOUT CYBERHERITAGE`S HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO CDs - CLICK HERE
Contacting Steve Johnson: Steve lives in Plymouth England. I get about 100 e-mails per week, every week from you my visitors. Where I can help I try always to reply, if I am not able to help, I do not reply, allowing me to put my efforts into those that I can help. If you are in the United Kingdom, please phone me on 07780 449622 at any reasonable time rather than by e-mail with your query, you will be helping me, yourself and many others. Thank you for your co-operation.
Turning the pages of history above & below the waves - our sister webring sites, all content rich
A fantastic new web page from Through their Eyes & Jim Payne is up and running, many of the recent additions on this site use their material, so check out www.throughtheireyes2.co.uk It's a new site, so will need time to grow, so keep checking it out.
BREECHES BUOY ROCKET WEB SITE by Brian Smith
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TO FIND OUT ABOUT CYBERHERITAGE`S HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO CDs CONTAINING PHOTOS AT HI-RES FROM SOME OF THESE WEB PAGES - CLICK HERE
WANTED: IMAGES OF LEIGHAM MANOR (aka Tecalemit House), MARSH MILLS, COYPOOL -any time until the mid 1980s & PENLEE & RAME CHURCH COASTAL DEFENCE BATTERIES up to and incl 1970s and Oreston and Milehouse to the 1970s
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STEVE JOHNSON, 25, BEAUMONT STREET, MILEHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, PL2 3AG, DEVON, ENGLAND, UK TEL: 07780 449622