Now and Then

The Old Bridge





The New Bridge
The ford in Watersplash Road at the turn of the century...





...and how it looks now, a century on.





The Old Bridge





The New Bridge
On your left, Sunbury Swimming Pool...





...now sadly a barren space on Sunbury Island.





Military Academy





East Wing
Here is the Sunbury Military Academy at the turn of the century...





...before fire and redevelopment left only the East Wing remaining.





Sunbury Weir





East Wing
A lady gazes past the memorial towards the weir at the turn of the century...





...and a hundred years on, the Lendy Lion has gone, and the trees have grown.





Lovers Walk





Lovers Walk
I doubt if these three little lads sitting on this smart bridge beside the neat and tidy walk...





...would recognise the scrappy path and waterless and overgrown ditch that Lovers Walk has become.





Lovers Walk





Lovers Walk
Here is the old face of the Flower Pot, cribbed from an old postcard...





...and today, with the extension removed - and with a brilliant display of flowers!





The Avenue





The Avenue
"The Avenue where all the chestnut trees meet is a private road; no-one must build any houses there..."





...and today, a hundred years later, would the writer of those lines recognise it?
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The Avenue





The Avenue
"How bare Saxonbury Avenue looked a mere fifty years ago..."





...compared to the leafy abundance that hides the houses today.





The Avenue





The Avenue
"An old lorry makes a delivery in an almost deserted Thames Street..."





...whereas these days a long queue of cars would form within minutes.





The Avenue





The Avenue
"Outside the Undertakers on Green Street a man sits astride a horse..."





...where today horseless carriages rule the road.

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