Then and Now

village as it was c. 1955

Village as it was c. 1955

The village in which I grew up was almost entirely self-contained. Everything lay within a short walk.

To venture forth elsewhere, there was a railway station.  Sadly, the days had already gone when you could safely ride a bike.

village as it is now

Village as it is now

Most amenities have now disappeared, along with the railway line. Everything now lays a car-drive away. No-one rides a bike anymore, and it has become unpleasant, and even dangerous, to walk.

It has also become hideously ugly, noisy, and polluted.

The village I once knew is now no more than sprawl.