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ISBN: 9781871164817
AUTHOR: Gordon Le Pard
Dorset Then & Now from the Air
Dorset Then & Now from the Air
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During the Second World War great strides were made in the field of aerial photography and photographic interpretation. Then as the allies were advancing across Europe they made a remarkable discovery. In 1940, as part of their plans for the invasion of Britain, the Germans had photographed much of southern England. Looking at these pictures it was immediately apparent how useful such images would be in the process of planning and reconstruction of Britain in the aftermath of the war. However the German photographs were not suitable, as they had been taken with a specific purpose in mind and only covered part of southern Britain:what was needed was a complete survey of the entire country.

The RAF was given the task, and completed it in a matter of months - between 1946 and 1947 they photographed England, Wales and much of Scotland! The value of these pictures was immense and, since then, these surveys have been repeated on several occasions.

The sixty years since the photographs were taken has been one of massive changes in Dorset, towns and villages have grown, railways have gone and new roads have been built, in the countryside hedges have been removed, and trees have spread.The wartime infrastructure, still a feature of the landscape in 1947, has either disappeared or been altered almost beyond recognition.

The 1947 photographs have been used by professionals (including planners, archaeologists and ecologists) for many years, but have not been easily available to the wider public. In this profusely illustrated large-format volume, a selection of the photographs of Dorset are published, in many cases for the first time, alongside contemporary photographs of the same area.The changes may well fascinate, surprise and amaze – just as it is remarkable how some things remain gloriously the same.

Gordon Le Pard is an archaeologist working for Dorset County Council, who has used these photographs almost on a daily basis. A few years ago he realised the value of carefully comparing old and new aerial pictures when he found that a deserted medieval village in north Dorset, which had been discovered through examination of the 1947 photographs, had not been recorded properly. It was far bigger than had been thought as the person who had discovered it hadn’t noticed a tiny wisp of cloud which had hidden half of it! Gordon Le Pard is the author of several books about Dorset, including Dorset Shipwrecks and Dorset and the Sea, both for Halsgrove.

Imprint: Dorset Boks. ISBN 978 1 871164 81 7, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2011.

Weymouth & Portland Then Meets NowWeymouth & Portland Then Meets Now - £19.99
Dorset historian Maureen Attwooll looks at the borough’s history through maps which date from the Tudor period up to the twentieth century. Together they show just what has altered and what – remarkably – has stayed the same. Presentation and layout is refreshingly different and the past is revisited with renewed vigour.
Dorset from the AirDorset from the Air - £14.99
The fascinating aerial photographs in this book by internationally renowned photographer Jason Hawkes provide the reader with an overview of this great variety of landscapes, settlements and historic sites. There can be no better way of appreciating the many glories of Dorset than to view the county from above.
Dorset & The SeaDorset & The Sea - £19.99
Dorset and the Sea by Gordon Le Pard tells the remarkable story of possibly Dorset’s greatest natural resource and the relationship that Man has had with it over the millennia and suggest where you can see, perhaps surprising, traces of the coast’s remarkable past.
Dorset Address BookDorset Address Book - £12.99
Chasing the light across the Dorset landscape can be very rewarding, but it also poses a considerable challenge. Patience to simply sit and wait for the ideal moment is essential – and that is what master photographer Roger Holman demonstrates again and again in the collection of superb images reproduced in this magnificent address book.
Dorset's Most Beautiful BuildingsDorset's Most Beautiful Buildings - £19.95
Combines an excellent photographer (Roger Holman) with a fascinating raconteur (Bill Hoade) to make a gem for lovers of the county.
Web Price: £19.99
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