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Rare aerial shots of London capture historic Kensal Rise library

June 26, 2012 9:58 AM


Purves Road and environs, Kensal Green, 1921 (©English Heritage. Aerofilms Collection)Rare aerial photographs
taken in March 1921 show a Kensal Rise almost devoid of cars but complete with steam train. The photograph also shows the notable local landmark Kensal Rise library - now sadly closed by Brent's Labour Council. Local MP Sarah Teather is encouraging local people to contribute to this unique history project by sharing their memories of Kensal Rise and its library throughout the decades.

The Kensal Rise photograph comes from a project called "Britain from Above", which is a four year project aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most valuable photographs from the Aerofilms collection, those dating from 1919 to 1953. Aerofilms was a pioneering air survey company set up in 1919 by First World War veterans Francis Lewis Wills and Claude Grahame -White and many of the photographs were taken by veterans from the first world war.

The organisers have now put the first 10,000 images from the collection up on the Britain from above website and are looking for local people to share their memories and knowledge of the places shown in the collection.

Sarah Teather, Lib Dem MP for Brent Central, says:

"I think that this is a great history project with real potential to unearth and record valuable memories and reflections on the local area."

"Our local area is changing so fast - especially with the recent closure of the historic Kensal Rise library. I would urge everyone who wants to share their memories of Kensal Rise and Kensal Rise's library to contribute to this unique project."