You’ve got to think that bit harder to visualise today’s Friday Photo, kindly sent in by Syd Bird.
Click here for a much larger version of the same view.
The photo was taken in the 1890`s and the photographer would have been standing on the corner of Market Street looking down what would later become Wood Street. On the extreme left you can in fact see the first few houses built in Wood Street, the gable end of the terrace would be situated at the junction with what would become Rudd Street, on the extreme right of the photo in the background you can see some of the first houses that were built in Rudd Street.
Prior to this photo being taken there used to be a very picturesque thatched cottage (belonging to the Barlow family) adjoining the little white house in the foreground and the small outbuilding behind the middle of the three trees looks like the remains of the outside w.c. In the far distance you can make out the roof of the Grove House so the photo was obviously taken before the houses in Walker Street and Grove Road etc were built.
The reason this photo is of such good quality is because this is a first generation print taken directly off the original glass plate negative.
Don’t those trees in the foreground look quite out of place and just a little bit odd?