Basingstoke (Old and New)

Following a request from a number of people who have read my book 'Leaning on a Lamp Post', I am including here a composite map of the town of Basingstoke (UK), being a black and white 1894 map of the city superimposed on a colour photograph of the same area, courtesy of Google Earth. A great deal of research went into the section of the book that took place in Basingstoke during 1910, especially in the area around the old wharf (now the bus station). It is interesting to see just how many outstanding heritage buildings were demolished to make way for the Basingstoke shopping centre, an act of vandalism in my opinion that would never be passed today.

Aerial photo of Basingstoke (UK) town, overlaid by a 1910 map of Edwardian Basingstoke

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