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Ashbourne’s changes on a postcard

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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THIS week we have another lovely old postcard as the subject of Memory Lane, thanks to News Telegraph reader Pat Smith, from Mayfield.

The round-up of images focuses on the buildings past and present, with notable absences in today’s landscape compared to the date the paintings were created - which is not known.

Starting with the top, for example, we have a picture of Compton Bridge which will not be instantly familiar to a modern-day Ashbourne visitor.

The biggest change in this picture is the obvious alterations that have taken place since the Shaw Croft - which was once an adjacent field - was culverted to create a car park and shopping complex, along with Civic Square. Of course, more recently, a new library has been added to this scene.

Working around clockwise, the former Grammar School in Church Street looks barely any different to the how it does today but Osmaston Manor is, sadly, no longer standing proud in its estate village.

Again, the Almshouses in Church Street look much the same today but St John Street has seen changes, which are evident when you compare the size of the buildings alongside the road now compared to yesteryear.

The remaining scenes look very similar in this day and age, which is perhaps testament to the protection afforded to historic towns such as Ashbourne.

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