Bird’s eye view of marlbborough town captures a moment in time (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Bird’s eye view of marlbborough town captures a moment in time
6:00pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in News
A huge aerial photograph of Marlborough, thought to have been taken shortly after the Second World War, is looking for a good home.
The picture, measuring about seven feet square, has been stored in the shed next to the home of Robin Myerscough, owner of Robin’s Travel, in Rowde, near Devizes, for the past 30 years.
Mr Myerscough said: “When I took over the shop in the High Street, which used to be a gents’ hairdressers, it was on the wall.
“As I needed the wall for displaying posters and suchlike, I took it down and it has been in my shed ever since.
“We are now looking to downsize so I want to get rid of as much stuff as possible. This is such an important historic artefact for Marlborough, I hope I can find a good home for it.”
The photograph, showing the High Street and much of the town beyond, is mounted on plywood and is in good condition for its age, with only slight discolouring and a few scratches that a professional photographer would be able to touch up.
Mr Myerscough said: “It is fascinating to see the changes in Marlborough over the years.
“The photo shows the old military camp that used to be on the Common. Waitrose is not there, and it is amazing to see the number of greenhouses and allotments under cultivation behind the houses.”
It is thought the photograph was commissioned by the Ramsbury Building Society, which occupied the premises in the High Street until hairdresser Sean Murphy took it over. Mr Murphy left it in place and it became a talking point for his customers.
A spokesman for the Merchant’s House museum, in High Street, said: “This sounds exactly the type of thing that should be in the Merchant’s House. I’m sure we can find a place for it.
“We very much look forward to having a look at it.”
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