Farnborough Gallery - Maps/Aerial photos



The history of Farnborough is not just based around buildings and locations, but also the people and events that have taken place. From the international airshows to wartime parades, to local sporting events, to the musical picnics and fairs on King George V playing fields, these are all part of Farnborough's social history. The images in this gallery remind us of some of the events that Farnborough has played host to over the years.

Whatever the year, whether its 1900 or 2000, if you have photos or memories of events that have taken place in the town why not send them to us so everyone can remember them.

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This aerial photo of the Royal Aircraft Establishment from 1947 was featured in the the book "Laboratory of the Air - An account of the of the Royal Aircraft Establishment of the Ministry of Supply, Farnborough". The photo reveals just how rural the area to the north of the RAE still was in 1947. Pinehurst Cottages are clearly visible in the top left of the photo and are still there today, but now adjacent to the busy Meudon Avenue and commercial properties leading towards the shopping centre. Towards the middle of the photo what is known today as "The Hub" as part of the IQ Business park is clearly visible to the left of one of the wind tunnels.

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The original copyright to this image lay with HMSO but has since expired.

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This aerial photo taken during the Farnborough Airshow (date unknown) shows the part of the site of airfield and former RAE.

Reproduced courtesy of Julian Wontner.

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This map from 1958 shows the routes of James Dodd's walking routes. Click to view a larger version.

Reproduced courtesy of James Dodds.

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This map from 1958 shows the routes of James Dodd's walking routes. Click to view a larger version.

Reproduced courtesy of James Dodds.

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This map from the 1930s shows the centre of Cove and how rural the surrounding areas were at this time. Click to view a larger version.

Reproduced courtesy of James Dodds.

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Reproduced from the year 1955 Ordnance Survey map. © Crown Copyright. The scans our courtesy of Justin Edmonds.

This map from 1955 shows how rural the town still was in the post-war period. Many of the residential developments that we recognise today, particularly to the West and North of the town, are still occupied by farmland. This also pre-dates the M3 and the Minley Road at this stage ran all the way from the West Heath roundabout to Minley Manor and beyond. Click to view a larger version.

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Reproduced from the year 1959 Ordnance Survey map. © Crown Copyright. The scans our courtesy of Justin Edmonds.

This map from 1959 is more detailed than the previous in terms of roads, and also shows Southwood Camp and Guillemont Camp (now the site of Sun Microsystems) clearly marked, and which were absent from the 1955 map. Click to view a larger version

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Reproduced from the year 1974 Ordnance Survey map. © Crown Copyright. The scans our courtesy of Justin Edmonds.

This map from 1974 shows the urban sprawl beginning to take shape with major residential developments in the West Heath and north Fernhill Road areas, as well as the M3 cutting its way through with Junction 4 to the north, and the National Gas Turbine Establishment to the West appearing. Click to view a larger version

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Reproduced from the year 1982 Ordnance Survey map. © Crown Copyright. The scans our courtesy of Justin Edmonds.

This map from 1982 sees residential developments in the Mayfield area starting to take shape and changes in the Marlborough Lines area as old barracks make way for housing. Click to view a larger version

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Reproduced from the year 1993 Ordnance Survey map. © Crown Copyright. The scans our courtesy of Justin Edmonds.

This map from 1993 sees the most recent residential changes with the Western end of the Southwood estate now visible and the Barningley Park development taking shape. At this time other major changes to the road infrastructure were occuring with junction 4a of the M3 opening in 1992 (not featured on this map) and the Blackwater Valley relief road being built. Click to view a larger version

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Image reproduced by permission of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1935 aerial photograph shows the site of the Hillside Convent School. Today this site is now used as offices.

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Image reproduced by permission of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1940s aerial photograph shows the former site of the Sycamores estate. Today this has been redeveloped into Hilder Gardens, after the local builder who laterly bought the Sycamores, and the road of the same name.

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Image reproduced by permission of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1953 aerial photograph shows the former site of the Sycamores estate. Today this has been redeveloped into Hilder Gardens, after the local builder who laterly bought the Sycamores, and the road of the same name. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Original copyright to this photo is unknown and it was donated by individual staff at Qinetiq. Efforts were made to establish copyright provisions. If you feel copyright has been breached please contact us. Copyright of this scanned image lies with Historic Farnborough.

This detailed aerial photo probably dates from the 1960s. Cove Radio Station is in the centre looking East across the airfield and what is now the Southern part of the Southwood estate, the golf course and Ively Road, with Rafborough in the top left corner. Close by to the radio station the former Southwood Farm (now the Monkey Puzzle) can be seen. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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This detailed aerial photo probably dates from the 1960s. The former Cove Radio Station is situated centre-bottom with Southwood Cottages to the right on Ively Road and the former Southwood Farm (now the Monkey Puzzle) diagonally to the North-East. In the top left-hand corner Southwood Road is just visible. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Original copyright to this photo is unknown. This scan is reproduced courtesy of Jo Gosney.

Avenue Farm from the late 1930s. The tree in the top left corner is in the grounds of The Sycamores, and the houses just visible top centre are in Manor Road before it was extended down to Sycamore Road. The farmhouse is the prominent building lower right. The farm was owned by the Potter family (read John Potter's memories). Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced courtesy of Barnett Maps.

The Barnett Street Plan of Farnborough dates from 1969. The map shows the former site of Guillemont Camp, now the site of Sun Microsystems, and also close by are the White House and White House Farm, now the site of residential development off Trunk Road. In comparison with the Barnett map from a few years later (also in this gallery) the residential development to the West of Ively Road and close to the entrance to Southwood Camp is also not as advanced.
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This very detailed aerial photo probably dates from the early 1970s as the Wavell School opposite the Queens Hotel has been built on the Western end of Duke of Connaught's Road and the Pinehurst Roundabout is now evident. The route of the old RAE railway up Elm Grove Road and across towards Invincible Road is also visible, although the route was no longer in use by this point. The former Cove Radio station and Southwood Camp are also visible to the West. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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This map of the South Farnborough area dates from before 1938 as Castleden Hall, now the site of Farnborough Technical college, is still visible on Farnborough Road before its demolition. Also shown in considerable detail is the layout of the Marlborough Lines barracks, many of which are now gone, the former route of Duke of Connaught's Road which ran all the way up to the Queen's Hotel, and the former Connaught Hospital at the Eastern end of the road. Queens Avenue also joins on to Lynchford Road at the junction where the former Wesleyan Soldiers home once lay - the road layout in this area is now very different today. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1976 aerial photograph shows the former site of Southwood Camp which was demolished in the early 1980s to make way for the Southwood Village housing estate. Visible to the South-West is the former site of Whitehall Farm, now where the Broadmead part of the estate is located, and the former entrance to the camp is close to the roudabout which now goes to either Summit Avenue to the North or Ively Road to the South. Southwood Lane runs round the former playing fields close to where Morrisons is now located. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1976 aerial photograph shows the former site of Southwood Camp which was demolished in the early 1980s to make way for the Southwood Village housing estate. Visible in the centre of the photo is the former site of Cove Radio Station, now the site of The Lawns area of the estate, with Southwood Farm on the right edge of the picture on Ively Road, now known as the Monkey Puzzle pub with the Monkey Puzzle tree clearly in view, which sadly had to be felled earlier in 2007. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Hampshire Record Office.

This 1842 tithe map is of the Farnborough Park area. The green mark shows the position of Farnborough Place with the red dots showing a small cottage on a lane leading to Sycamore Farm which was where Sycamore Lodge was built. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Hampshire Record Office.

This 1871 map shows part of the Farnborough Park area and The Sycamores and Sycamore Lodge. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Hampshire Record Office.

This 1897 map shows part of the Farnborough Park area including The Sycamores, Sycamore Lodge, Coombe Farm and, on the Farnborough Road, the Tumbledown Dick and the Cambridge Hotel. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Hampshire Record Office.

This 1912 map shows part of the Farnborough Park area including The Sycamores and Sycamore Lodge and signs of the developing residential areas is now more evident. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Hampshire Record Office.

This 1938 map shows part of the Farnborough Park area including The Sycamores and Sycamore Lodge with the Hillside Convent, previously based at The Sycamores also visible on Farnborough Road. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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This 1948 map focuses on The Sycamores estate in Farnborough Park with Sycamore Lodge linking to the main estate clearly evident. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1918 aerial photo focuses on The Sycamores estate in Farnborough Park which is clearly visible.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1938 aerial photo over Farnborough Park shows many recognisable landmarks, with the Church Circle visible at the bottom of the photo, Farnborough Road running to the left and some of the RAE site also visible. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1953 aerial photo focuses on the Sycamores estate in Farnborough Park with Sycamore Lodge to the South West on the corner of Sycamore Road and Avenue Road. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Chris Gare and Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum.

This 1980 aerial photo shows the final redevelopment of the Sycamores estate site with the main house now demolished to make way for the road of the same name, and Hilder Gardens also in evidence on the site of the old estate. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced by permission of Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST)

This 1991 aerial photo shows the top of the Farnborough Road at Bradfords roundabout just as the major redevelopment of the road network was underway and provisions for the Blackwater valley relief road were being made. The playing fields are now the site of Farnborough Gate retail park, and the Ship Lane cemetary and grounds of Farnborough Hill are also visible. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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This 1991 aerial photo shows the Rafborough area of Farnborough, much unchanged despite many other developments in the town. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Image reproduced courtesy of Farnborough Library. Copyright of this scanned image lies with Chris Gare.

This 1929 pamphlet depicts the layout of the proposed Sycamores estate in South Farnborough as a "minature garden city" by local builders the Hilder family. Today their name is remembered by Hilder Gardens which now occupies part of the former site of The Sycamores. Click to view a larger version of this image.

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Original copyright to this programme lay with Gale & Polden which is no longer in existence, and efforts were made to establish copyright provisions. If you feel copyright has been breached please contact us. Copyright of this scanned image lies with Historic Farnborough.

A plan of the airfield for the 1957 Farnborough Airshow

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Image reproduced courtesy of Barnett Maps.

The Barnett Street Plan of Farnborough dates between 1970 and 1974. There is no sign of junction 4a of the M3 which was opened in 1992, or the new council buildings although Pinewood Barracks has now disappeared. Southwood Camp is still in evidence, although this whole has now massively changed with the new estate. The links between Lynchford Road and Queens Avenue are also quite different here as are some of the roads around the old barracks sites.
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Image reproduced courtesy of Geographers' A-Z Map Co Ltd. Reproduced by permission of Geographers' A-Z Map Co Ltd. This product includes mapping data licensed from Ordnance Survey ® - Crown Copyright 2007. All rights reserved. Licence number 100017302

The Geographers A-Z map of Farnborough is from 1995, and despite being fairly recent a number of differences in the town are still visible. Compared to the Barnett map from the early 70s the Blackwater Valley bypass has appeared and the new roundabout road layout between Lynchford Road and Queens Avenue is now evident. In Southwood there is no sign of what is now the Meadowgate roundabout at the entrance to Tower Hill and the new Farnborough Business park and the original curved road into the town centre is still in existence. Also the former Ively Road which ran through the heart of the old DERA site was still in use as this predates the bypass which has now been built to intersect with the Norris Hill roundabout. A detailed layout of the former RAE site is also included which is not available on some older maps.
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