An unchanging rural idyll at Hambledon, apart from speeding cars

A man and two boys on a fence towards Cams Hill from Hambledon Road.''Picture: costen.co.uk
A man and two boys on a fence towards Cams Hill from Hambledon Road.''Picture: costen.co.uk

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About a century divides the photograph on the right and the one immediately below it.

But if I had published the ‘now’ picture in black and white I don’t think you would have noticed the difference.

Where they sat - the same view today

Where they sat - the same view today

We’re in Hambledon Road, Hambledon, and in the old photograph we see a man with two young lads, perhaps his sons, sitting on a fence by the hedgerow.

I wonder if the two boys later fought in the First World War and if they did, whether they survived?

In the modern picture, which I took the other day, there is little difference apart from the conservatories in the distant houses and the white lines along the road.

Oh, and it was definitely safer then.

I just missed being hit by a speeding motorist coming around the bend!

I wonder how long it will be before fields such as these are commandeered for building?