Our "City Fathers" (loose term) saying goodbye to HMS Plymouth, public access, sorry; any access at all!! to Drakes Island, allowing the the Palace Theatre to decompose as an excuse to demolish it, the Plymouth Dome on the Hoe being closed down, saying please let me knock you down to the 1960s iconic Civic Centre, yes, that's when we had a proud Plymouth, the Mayflower Steps allowed to be falling down..did the founding Pilgrim Fathers do for Plymouth anyway, ok, they just left and helped found one of the greatest countries ever, the United States...so? not forgetting the Park Pharmacy driven from the city limits, & destroying any other possible heritage on sight, BUT now we have risen to the glorious crowning monstrous carbuncle of Plymuff-ness, "to haste with the contrived closure of Plymouth City Airport"!!! Nothing, just the association of the word "hours" when used with journey times, and filth, litter, messy toilets, & no seats!!
.seats as where once trains had 11 carriages, now they have 5..maybe 2!
Off to PENLEE POINT now in SE Cornwall, note the steam powered foghorn and the large concrete steps that formed part of the landing stage for the guns at PENLEE BATTERY.
Lastly one of my favorite areas, BRIDGEND between NEWTON FERRERS and NOSS MAYO near PLYMOUTH, DEVON. Very high res photo of BOVISAND and FORT BOVISAND and the STADDON HEIGHT DEFENCES from c1930/40s.
BY POPULAR REQUEST: ABOVE: this scan of Penlee Battery near Plymouth Sound - taken in 1920`s at start of Admiral`s Cup Yacht Race. These two images of Brading Signal Box on the Isle of Wight show well the effect of time, from 1986 to 2006.
Alternative scan here and a lovely wild orchid growing on site is here. The two sailing vessel photos are from the CD collections, (see below notices), sample images can be downloaded by clicking on them - about 1.2mb WANTED: IMAGES OF LEIGHAM MANOR (aka Tecalemit House), MARSH MILLS, COYPOOL -any time until the mid 1980s & PENLEE & RAME CHURCH COASTAL DEFENCE BATTERIES up to and incl 1970s PLUS anything at all about the Van Dike rock club in Plymouth, posters and gig photos. We have had two Gulf Wars, 9/11, Lady Di`s death, my son becoming a man, meeting my wife - becoming grandparents, myself ageing, wrinkles, grey hair , the death of my mother, and now my father, two Grandsons born - so this is time....
Te original scan is 40mb, too big to host here, but this shrunk version is still pretty good.
SOME IMAGES ARE UP TO 12MB, SO YOU CAN GUESS THE QUALITY!! MY AIM IS TO GIVE YOU A CD, EASY TO USE, THAT WILL GIVE YOU HOURS & HOURS OF INTEREST & PLEASURE AS YOU PRINT OUT THE STUNNING IMAGES TO BIG SIZE... ALL CDs CONTAIN DOZENS OF QUALITY HISTORICAL IMAGES.
AVAILABLE 1000s HI-RES IMAGES, ROMANS, EGYPTIANS, LUXOR, THE NILE, LAKE NASSER, TEMPLES, VILLAGES, PEOPLE, CAIRO, KING TUT, VALLEY OF KINGS, ABU SIMBEL, PYRAMIDS, especially useful as I have been told that all photography in the Cairo Museum is now banned, I have enough shots in there to fill a CD on it's own, just ask....
CUSTOM CDs OF VERY HI-RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS OF VICTORIAN & EDWARDIAN NAVY AND ARMY, IN SERVICE, AT REST & PLAY, UNIFORMS, HARDWARE, VESSELS, SAIL & STEAM, GUNNERY: MANY TAKEN IN AND AROUND PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND AT THE SHORE BASE OF HMS DEFIANCE - PRINT TO A3 HOURS OF LEARNING FUN - PRINT THEM OUT ON A GOOD INK JET PRINTER AND FRAME THEM - THEN HANG THEM OR GIVE THEM AS A GIFT - THEY'RE THAT GOOD. P&P AND CAN BE FILLED WITH A MIX OF THE WEB SITES AS BELOW - OFTEN SEVERAL SITES CAN BE MADE TO FIT..
Great images here of Plymouth's Efford Fort, before it was all overgrown, large calibre artillery on the range at Staddon Heights in 1908 (now golf course).the mound on the left one of the still existing rifle firing positions facing the still there Butt, Jennycliff Cafe c pre 1960s?
built within the gun positions of Lord Howard's Battery & a super shot of the chequerboard paint work on Plymouth's Breakwater Fort, so painted so it would not be shot it by mistake by our own fleet and own coastal batteries, so an early hi-vis job! Andy Amor has been flying over Devon and Cornwall, lots of lovely aerials here: River Exe showing Parson & Clerk at Dawlish/Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren, Starcross and Exmouth...2, Goonhilly Earth Station, Bude...2, Tintagel..2..., Portwrinkle, Perranporth, Watergate Bay, Camel Estuary.