View from Frith Wood - 8/9/63
still finding his feet after moving to the town just 3 months earlier,
this is a lovely south-western view taken from Frith Wood, which is
north of the town. Note the famous railway viaduct to the left of
Viaduct Arches - 16/9/63
like this close up of the viaduct arches. But it's the cows that
make the picture as far as I'm concerned!
The viaduct was built in 1859-60 and is still in operation today. Note the decorative detail, created with engineering bricks I suspect, at the top of each arch. It has been Grade II listed since 1986.
Bye St - 18/10/63
|A very nice
view looking down Bye Street towards Bridge Street. Of particular
note are the grocers shop to the right, the large house next door and
the brickwork on the old GWR railway bridge. My modern
view shows the grocers is now a fish and chip shop, the large house
has been replaced with a smaller building and the bridge has been
I was interested to know when and why the large house was demolished. My godmother, who lives in the town, thought it may have been related to a gas explosion some years ago... Thanks to Chris who provided the following information about the incident:-
"Your godmother is spot on - the large house was destroyed by a gas explosion in 1983. I was born in 1985 so it was a little before my time, but Dad reliably informs me that the building was a Chinese restaurant and take away at the time of the explosion - it was pretty tragic as the owner and a resident of the flats above were killed as the whole building just collapsed into the cellar. It was caused by a gas main which was fractured from where it ran under the original bridge. A Tandoori take away now occupies the site in a shorter two storey building."
View from Conygree - 11/3/64
anyone complains, the spelling of Conygree is my father's!
According to one of his old OS maps it should be Coneygree which is a
wood located to the south east of the town. From this vantage
point he seems to have captured a good view of the whole of Ledbury
including the church and the viaduct. Here
is a close up of the scene.
Ledbury Church - ?/?/65
view of Ledbury's historic church. I found taking my modern
view quite moving. I've visited many sites that my father has
but they were always so much changed that I couldn't see myself in his
place. With this one, I could. There are some differences,
however. As has been seen in many churchyards, some of the
headstones have been removed.