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What Britain used to look like from the air (Audio slideshow) From sprawling factory complexes to newly built suburban streets - by way of some of the UK's top sporting venues and seaside resorts. More than 10,000 images from one of the earliest collections of aerial photography are being made freely available on the web.
posted by fearfulsymmetry (10 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 


I think we're killing their site. But thank you so much for posting this.
posted by Jehan at 9:56 AM on June 25, 2012


Metafilter: From sprawling factory complexes to newly built suburban streets
posted by Fizz at 10:10 AM on June 25, 2012


I think we're killing their site. But thank you so much for posting this.

The Guardian's put it as their main splash on their website so I expect it's being hammered at the moment. It's very comprehensive and well worth checking out when it's back up.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:23 AM on June 25, 2012


With bonus Downton Abbey with theme song in the middle! :)
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:28 AM on June 25, 2012


Those BBC audio slideshows are one of the most annoying things that they do. They have neither the browsability of images nor the portability of audio, and require flash.
posted by Talkie Toaster at 11:31 AM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Not really sure why the narrator seems so befuddled by the traffic jam towards the end; it's pretty clear what's going on. There are two roads with a lot of traffic leading into the intersection, and only one with a lot of traffic coming out of the intersection; it's a bottleneck.

Looking at the area on Google maps, it seems -- assuming some amount of continuity between 1923 and now, which admittedly is quite a leap -- like it might be here, viewed from the north (i.e. upside-down)?

If that's the case, then those folks might be headed to Epsom Downs, which is just down the road. (Why they'd be going in January is anyone's guess.)
posted by Sys Rq at 12:10 PM on June 25, 2012


Grey and pleasant.
posted by IndigoJones at 2:17 PM on June 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is absolutely fascinating, and oddly beautiful.
posted by emergent at 3:05 PM on June 25, 2012


Very cool, I found my just built at the time house in two of the shots!
posted by pixie at 8:07 AM on June 26, 2012


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