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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Royal Air Force Vertical Aerial Photography Collections

Black and white vertical aerial photograph taken by the RAF on 25/09/1945 centred on SS96627105 at a scale of 1:10000.
The photograph includes part of Llandow community in The Vale of Glamorgan.
DI2008_1292     NPRN: 300513
Aerial photography is one of the most powerful ways to document the changes in the landscape of Wales from earliest times to the modern day. From high above archaeologists can look down on centuries of landscape change, photographing known monuments, discovering long-hidden sites, and providing a new perspective on our cities, towns and built heritage.

The Royal Commission holds an extensive archive of black and white, high-quality vertical aerial photographs of Wales, flown by the RAF and the Ordnance Survey.

  •  The RAF collection comprises 170,000 6"x6" (15x15cm) prints taken between 1945 and 1965.
  • The Royal Commission holds RAF low-level oblique cover of the costal belt of Wales and a few urban settlements, taken in the latter part of the 1950s.
    • Ordnance Survey collection comprises 84,000 9"x9" (23x23cm) prints and negatives also a limited number of 20"x20" (51x51cm) enlargements, dating from 1962 to 2005.
    • Our smaller collections include prints of some areas of rural Wales, taken by the Ministry of Agriculture, and project studies by a few private contractors.
    • There is also a small collection of black and white. low-level oblique photographs of archaeological sites in Wales, taken by officers of Cambridge University during the 1950s and 1960s.
    • Aerofilms Collection of over 1 million photographs dates from 1919 to 2006 and presents an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the twentieth century.
    Black and white vertical aerial photograph taken by the RAF on 1946 centred on Aberaeron at a scale of 1:10000.
    DI2005_0854     NPRN: 33034

    Coflein is the NMRW's public online database, searchable geographically through Ordnance Survey maps or by text queries.

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    Anonymous said...

    What a wonderful collection of RAF photos!

    Anonymous said...

    In the first photo, the small village bottom right is Sigginstone(aka Sigingstone) where the Avro Tudor V crashed in 1950. Details here -
    My father farmed the fields bottom left and always told me about the broken aircraft parked up there kept for spares.
    They were all burnt at the end of the war.
    Great photo.

    Anonymous said...

    I find these photos fascinating, glimpse of time gone by, a fantastic resource and information for those looking for historic images. Still within living memory for so many people.

    James Hill said...

    Small glimpse back into history.. thanks for sharing these images.. its really good to see aerial images of history

    jacqui said...

    I'd love to see if there are any such aerial photos of the Aberporth area. How would I go about finding out?

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