This week's pictures from the past

This week's pictures from the past include a group of proud trainees at RAF Bridgnorth in 1947, the unveiling of the Montgomeryshire War Memorial in 1923 and a hundred-year-old postcard of Lyth Hill.

Hut 1, No 4 Flight, RAF Bridgnorth, taken in August/September 1947

RAF Bridgnorth was for many years a major recruitment centre for airmen, and consequently there are many pictures like this showing groups of proud trainees.

It was loaned to us by Mr G Batho, of George Place, Wellington, who writes: “Please find enclosed a snap of Hut 1, No 4 Flight, RAF Bridgnorth, taken in August/September 1947, while I was stationed there.

“I am second from the left on the back row.”

Unveiling of the Montgomeryshire War Memorial, Town Hill, Montgomery, on April 23, 1923.

“Unveiling of the Montgomeryshire War Memorial, Town Hill, Montgomery”, on April 23, 1923. 

This picture came originally from Margaret McCleary and was loaned to Shrewsbury author and historian David Trumper after he gave a talk in Bomere Heath to WI members.Llansantffraid

Mrs Diana Humphreys, of Maesbrook, loaned us this postcard and tells us: “Although the houses in Llansantffraid remain the same, with Spoonley Farm on the right of the picture, the river bank is much more overgrown and therefore they are not so easily seen. 

“The railway line should be visible between the top of the river bank and the road with the station on the far left, but I can’t make either of them out on this postcard. The River Cain is joining the Vyrnwy at this point, I think.”

The postcard seems to date from about 100 years ago.Lyth Hill windmill

Is this a painting or a photograph? You’ll have to make up your own minds about this old Wildings postcard showing Lyth Hill, about 100 years ago. 

On the right is the Lyth Hill windmill. This is one of a number of postcards which was given to Shrewsbury author and historian David Trumper by Mrs Mary Turner, the widow of keen local historian and photographer Stan Turner, of Shrewsbury, who died earlier this year. 

Mr Trumper says the windmill was built by John Carter in 1835 and was used for processing hemp and flax fibres for rope making. However, around 1920, the owner, a Mr Hayway, removed the machinery and the sails.How Lady Oak looked about 100 years ago

Drivers along the road out of Cressage towards Cross Houses can still see the remnants of the ancient Cressage Oak, or Lady Oak, a Shropshire landmark over many years, although a new tree now grows at the spot, seemingly pushing aside its predecessor. 

The old tree – long dead – is seen here in better days, perhaps about 100 years ago. Cressage is apparently the only place in the world of that name, which is said to be a corruption of “Christ’s Oak”. 

Histories seem to agree that this was a different tree growing in the village itself in ancient times.

This postcard was loaned by Mrs Diana Humphreys.The Cross at Ruyton-XI-Towns

A photo in Pictures From The Past the other day featuring a temporary war memorial at Prees Heath prompted Yoland Brown of Ruyton-XI-Towns to e-mail in this photo, which shows how such temporary memorials sprang up after World War One.

The Cross at Ruyton-XI-Towns was a natural focus until a permanent memorial was built, rather unusually in a cave, later.

“I understand it was not uncommon to find some way of remembering those who fell before the powers that be had thrashed out details for a proper memorial, some of which were not completed until the late 1920s. 

“The cross in Ruyton-XI-Towns made a very good spot to place flowers and messages to remember friends and family who did not return,” she said.

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