Aerial View Wyndham Square 1947

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 10 January 2008

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WMN/1/1/2/1 Aerial View, Wyndham Square, 1947

"Few of the churches built around the Three Towns in the 19th Century were as well framed as St Peter's in Wyndham Square, and this unusual aerial photograph from the summer of 1947 shows just how much breathing space there was - and, indeed, still is - around it. The church, which has recently had a multi-million-pound internal refurbishment, was gutted by fire in the enemy raids of April 1941. Happily the tower (which is of a slightly later date than the main fabric of the building and only recently celebrated its centenary) survived, and some 10 years after this photo was taken St Peter's was rebuilt and reconsecrated.

Today, there is considerably more greenery than in th gardens of the houses around the Square which, with few exceptions, survived the war with little damage.

Furthermore, it's hard to imagine any scenario today, 60 years on, that would see only one motor vehicle in the vicinity of St Peter's' otherwise, apart from a coat of paint and a new roof here and there, this view, courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: WMN/1/1/2/1, is little changed today."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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