A very old photograph

Today we look at an ‘unchanging’ corner of the village of Market Lavington. It’s the area around the church and the old school.

Our photo is very old, damaged and faded. It dates from around 1870 and as it is, it looks like this.

What we have - an old, faded, damaged photo of the church and school in about 1870

What we have – an old, faded, damaged photo of the church and school in about 1870

We have done a bit of digital repair and enhancement to make things a bit more visible.

A few minutes of digital repair and a tweak to brightness and contrast.

A few minutes of digital repair and a tweak to brightness and contrast.

More could, of course, be done.

Now this scene – ‘unchanged since time immemorial’ has actually changed in a couple of quite major ways.

The first is that a vestry has been built on the church. The second is that the front of the old school has changed as well. There is no longer a front door there, with a kind of balcony.

The Old School - 21st century

The Old School – 21st century

There’s now a window instead of a door there and outside a ramp makes for easier access for some.

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