Reader's Photo: One of the most-changed areas in the town

Pete Taylor kindly sent us this photos taken during a walk around Lindow Common on Sunday, 18th November.

Pete said "I've known Lindow Common and the Black Lake for over 60 years and, in my opinion, it is one of the most-changed areas in the town.

"The Common was gifted to the residents of Wilmslow; not to a Council but to the people of the town and their offspring. Over time, that seems to have been forgotten by some. Walking round the lake this morning I reflected on how the place has changed, the 1909 map shows not just the Black Lake (with a tiny island) but also a Green Lake, along with several ponds; of these things there is no trace today.

"One of my old post cards shows a view towards Alderley Edge with the island in evidence, I don't know the date as the card was never posted; there is another well-known shot of a frozen Black Lake and children are standing on the island with a bicycle (pre H&S days).

"The post card showing children is looking towards Altrincham Road and has a promentary in the background; today that is totally lost in an unruly jungle, fenced off from humans. The photo showing the model boat was taken approximately from where I stood for today's photograph - how things have changed; back in the 1950s many of the houses along Racecourse Road were clearly visible, along with Alderley Edge and the Derbyshire hills. Boats and fishing are not allowed now, what would our ancestors have thought about that?"

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Nick Jones
Monday 19th November 2018 at 2:27 pm
Great reflection.. in more ways than one !
Peter Evans
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 11:09 am
This is really interesting as I had no idea that Lindow Common was once much more of a place to "play". Personally, I am quite happy that is now more of a leisure area for our local wildlife . However, is it just me, or are others also slightly confused/concerned by what often looks like messy and destructive ground work?