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IR54-01ir54_01 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

The northern part of Cheltenham, looking east. At bottom right is the Prince of Wales rugby stadium, with the leisure centre, Pittville Park and its lakes beyond. Other green spaces are also visible, including the distinctive circular recreation ground in Clyde Crescent towards top right. Slightly nearer, the Whaddon Road football ground is surprisingly less prominent. Near centre right the brownish area is the building site for the new Dunalley School. Almost at the centre of the picture, the tennis courts of Pittville School show up as a different shade of green. Left of that on Albert Road, the complex of pale-coloured buildings is the Art College. The Evesham Road runs right to left near the middle of the picture, and beyond it at the left side of the picture is the edge of the racecourse. Prestbury at upper left lies under the fields on the slopes surrounding Cleeve Hill.
IR54-02ir54_02 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

The northern part of Cheltenham, looking east. At bottom centre is the Prince of Wales rugby stadium, with the leisure centre, Pittville Park and its lakes beyond. Other green spaces are also visible, including the distinctive circular recreation ground in Clyde Crescent towards upper right. Slightly nearer, the Whaddon Road football ground is surprisingly less prominent. Near centre right the brownish area is the building site for the new Dunalley School. Almost at the centre of the picture, the tennis courts of Pittville School show up as a different shade of green. Left of that on Albert Road, the complex of pale-coloured buildings is the Art College. The Evesham Road runs right to left near the middle of the picture, and beyond it at the left side of the picture is the edge of the racecourse. Prestbury at upper left lies under the fields on the slopes surrounding Cleeve Hill.
IR54-03ir54_03 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

The northern part of Cheltenham, looking slighty north of east. Bottom centre is the St Pauls area, with the building site of the new St Pauls medical centre in the bottom right corner. Bottom left is the Prince of Wales rugby stadium, with the leisure centre, Pittville Park and lakes beyond.
IR54-04ir54_04 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Northern central Cheltenham looking east. The large pale-roofed building left of bottom centre is the postal sorting office. High Street runs diagonally from bottom centre to right centre, exiting near the distinctive spire of St Mary's Parish Church. Close to the centre of the picture is the tall white brewery office (since demolished) with the North Place and Portland Street car parks beyond it. Left of the centre are Clarence Square and Wellington Square. At lower left is St Pauls with the new medical centre under construction. Just right of top centre is the GCHQ Oakley complex (now mostly demolished and replaced by a supermarket).
IR54-05ir54_05 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Northern central Cheltenham looking north-east. The High Street runs across from near the bottom of the left side to the middle of the right side; St Mary's Parish Church can be seen adjacent to it near the middle. Towards lower right is the back of Royal Crescent, and the back of the municipal offices. Just below left of centre is the tall white brewery office (since demolished) adjacent to the North Place and Portland Street car parks. Almost in the centre of the picture is the brownish area of development on the corner of Winchcombe Street and Fairview Road. Just right of top centre is the GCHQ Oakley complex (now mostly demolished and replaced by a supermarket).
IR54-06ir54_06 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Northern central Cheltenham looking north of west. The High Street runs in from the lower left side, becomes the Tewkesbury Road and goes out towards top centre. At the centre of the left edge is the municipal office block, with Royal Crescent behind. The dark greenish line running across about 3/4 way up the picture is the old Honeybourne railway line, now a cycle-track and footpath. Beyond it a similar feature marks the working railway line leaving the town to the north. Beyond the railway and to the right of the Tewkesbury Road is a large cluster of retail and industrial units. Just below and right of centre, the brownish area is the development site on the corner of Winchcombe Street and Fairview Road. Running across near the bottom of the picture is Hewlett Road.
IR54-07ir54_07 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Northern central Cheltenham looking west. The High Street runs in from the lower left side, becomes the Tewkesbury Road and goes out towards top right. Near the centre of the left edge is the Regent Arcade with its arched roof looking rather like an enormous brown log with a white end laid on top of the building. About 3/4 way up the left edge is the bright green area of the Cheltenham Ladies College sports centre. Immediately beyond that, the dark greenish line running across the picture is the old Honeybourne railway line, now a cycle-track and footpath. Beyond it a similar feature, converging with it to the left, marks the working railway line leaving the town to the north. In the top right corner is a large cluster of retail and industrial units. Just right of centre, the brownish area is the development site on the corner of Winchcombe Street and Fairview Road. Beyond that the Portland Street and North Place car parks are visible. Running in from the bottom right corner of the picture is Hewlett Road.
IR54-08ir54_08 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

North Cheltenham looking north-west. Prestbury Road runs across just below the middle. Near the left edge, just below centre is Pittville Circus. Whaddon Road football ground is in the centre right foreground. Pittville Park spreads across above the centre towards the leisure centre beyond the lake. Right of centre is the PIttville Pump Room, with 4 white buildings on both sides, on East and West Approach Drive. To the right of that is Pittville School with its pale green tennis courts, and the art college further right.
IR54-09ir54_09 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Prestbury in the foreground, with Southam beyond and Bishops Cleeve in the left middle distance. Beyond that, near the horizon is Bredon Hill. The edge of the racecourse is visible on the left edge. The ground slopes up to Cleeve Hill at the right.
IR54-10ir54_10 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Southam centre right, Bishops Cleeve beyond. Centre left, edge of the racecourse. On the horizon, the Malvern Hills.
IR54-11ir54_11 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Cleeve Hill and Cleeve Common. The port wing strut intrudes into the bottom left corner.

(Incidentally, on high-wing aircraft such as single-engine Cessnas, the strut is not, as is often imagined from its misleading name, put there to hold the wing up, but to hold the wing down. In structural engineering terms, it's not actually a strut but a tie. Not a lot of people know that ...)
IR54-12ir54_12 thumbnail1998-03-04: Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS, Vericolor 160 Professional; Cessna 152 Aerobat G-BIMT

Looking over Cleeve Common towards Winchcombe. Cleeve Hill aerial masts in right foreground.


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