Then & Now – Oakley Square

Oakley Square – c.1910

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Postcard View of Oakley Square c.1910

Oakley Square – July 2011

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Oakley Square via Google Street View July 2011

Spot the difference!

Perhaps the most obvious is the complete absence of vehicles in the earlier image. The skyline has clearly changed. In the first image the former post office towered above the adjacent high street buildings until it was destroyed by bombs in WW2. In the second image the roof of the catholic church built in the 1920s is clearly visible. It used to have a high tower but that too suffered bomb damage in WW2. And when the church was first constructed, it was half the length!

The backs of 110-118 High Street had changed little, save colour schemes and insertion of a new window.

The building on the left of the square has now gone, as too have the railings on the building on the right (presumably these were removed during WW2 when metal was in such high demand to keep the war machine going).

Can you help?

Do you have any old photographs of Aldeburgh ‘then’? Can you take any photos from a similar angle for Aldeburgh ‘now’? If so, please email us at aldeburgh@oneplacestudy.org

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