Aerial View Plymouth Hoe & Surrounds

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 17 September 2009.


PD/29/1/1 Aerial view of Plymouth Hoe, Millbay and sourrounding areas, 1930s

"Millbay was still catering for liners, Plymouth Hoe had a bandstand and a pier, but the Lido had yet to reach its pre-war position (it was completed in 1935), thereby helping to date this stunning aerial perspective of the city to the early Thirties.

Specific clues are hard to spot, but it rather looks as though the 1932 extensions to the power station at Prince Rock are in place, as we can see the tall chimneys belching smoke up across the Laira, thereby narrowing the timeframe yet further.

In the middle distance the area around Sutton Pool and Queen Anne's Battery looks very different and, as you would expect after the passage of time, many other changes are in evidence here and there, notably the west of the Grand Hotel and the end of Leigham Terrace once commanded spectacular views over Plymouth Sound.

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: PD/29/1/1"

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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