A bird’s eye view from a time before skyscrapers

Martin Jenkins took from the top of St Mary's Church bell tower in the 1960s. It looks south across to the Isle of Wight. Fratton Road is below us and in the distance can be seen the steeple of St Jude's Church in Kent Road.
Martin Jenkins took from the top of St Mary's Church bell tower in the 1960s. It looks south across to the Isle of Wight. Fratton Road is below us and in the distance can be seen the steeple of St Jude's Church in Kent Road.

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Many people think of aerial shots as a modern thing.

Pictures from the past are usually taken at street level.

But here, Martin Jenkins gives us a bird’s eye view of the city before its skyscrapers.

There wasn’t a particularly tall building in sight when Martin took this photograph from the top of St Mary’s Church bell tower in the 1960s.

It looks south across to the Isle of Wight.

Fratton Road is below and in the distance can be seen the steeple of St Jude’s Church in Kent Road.