12 fascinating aerial photos of Bexley from the 1920s, 30s and 40s - did you guess the correct locations?

Picture 1 - Sailing barge on Halfway Reach, Erith Marshes, 1948

Picture 1 - Sailing barge on Halfway Reach, Erith Marshes, 1948

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Here are 12 more fascinating aerial photographs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, this time showing various locations around the Bexley borough. And now with the answers to where they show.

The pictures are from English Heritage’s Britain from Above website which features some of the oldest and most valuable images in the huge Aerofilms Collection.

The collection consists of more than a million items, including negatives and photograph albums dating from 1919 to 2006 showing the changing face of Britain.

Photographs featuring on the website date from 1919 to 1953, and have gone through a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing.

Highlights include the 1935 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, the Thames flood of 1947 and Blackpool in 1920.

There are currently 69,000 high-res zoomable images to explore. By the end of the project later this year, 95,000 images will be available online.

We’re delighted to bring you the dozen images here taken from the online collections.

They are all areas of Bexley which you’ll be familiar with today, but which might be difficult to recognise from as far back as 85 years ago.

Previously we asked you to take a guess about where you thought each photo showed. We've now added captions so you can see how close you were!

Photos are copyright of English Heritage, sourced from www.britainfromabove.org.uk, where all the location information was taken from too.

Picture 2 - Bexley High Street and Queenfisher Corn and Flour Mill, Old Bexley, 1929

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Picture 3 - Bexleyheath Station, Old Bexley, 1929

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Picture 4 - Oxleas Wood and construction of the Falconwood Park Estate, Welling, from the west, 1932

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Picture 5 - Junction of High Street and Hatherley Road and environs, Sidcup, 1929

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Picture 6 - Callender's Cable and Construction Company Ltd Works and the River Thames, Erith, from the west, 1939

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Picture 7 - Sidcup Railway Station, Hurst Road and environs, Sidcup, 1934

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Picture 8 - The Greyhound Stadium, Crayford, 1938

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Picture 9 - Barnehurst Golf Course and housing under construction at Barnehurst Avenue and environs, Barnehurst, from the north-west, 1933

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Picture 10 - Brook Street, Cavendish Avenue and environs, Northumberland Heath, 1934

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Picture 11 - The Oval, Wellington Avenue and environs, Blackfen, 1934

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Picture 12 - Orchards to the north of the Bexleyheath Railway Line at Venner's Farm, Barneshurst, 1934

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5:55pm Thu 29 May 14

Dolly Rotten says...

1 off the river at Erith somewhere?
2 Bexley village - the mill
3 Bexley village again, the station
4 Welling end of Shooters Hill?
5 Sidcup High Street - Morrison's end
6 the old cable works in Erith
7 is hard but I think Sidcup station is there
8 got to be Crayford dogs
9 looks like Barnehurst
10 North Heath?
11 The only easy one! Blackfen, the Oval
12 Barnehurst again?

... and that's what I spent this afternoon doing at work instead of actual work. Thanks, NS! :-)
1 off the river at Erith somewhere? 2 Bexley village - the mill 3 Bexley village again, the station 4 Welling end of Shooters Hill? 5 Sidcup High Street - Morrison's end 6 the old cable works in Erith 7 is hard but I think Sidcup station is there 8 got to be Crayford dogs 9 looks like Barnehurst 10 North Heath? 11 The only easy one! Blackfen, the Oval 12 Barnehurst again? ... and that's what I spent this afternoon doing at work instead of actual work. Thanks, NS! :-) Dolly Rotten
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11:58am Fri 30 May 14

highway warrior says...

4 Welling way junction Shooters Hill
7 is Hurst Road junction Canterbury Avenue
12 Eversley Avenue, Northend road
4 Welling way junction Shooters Hill 7 is Hurst Road junction Canterbury Avenue 12 Eversley Avenue, Northend road highway warrior
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3:35pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Simon Bull says...

Well done to those of you who took part in the quiz to guess the locations. Particular praise to Dolly Rotten who showed great dedication, to this if not their work!

Correct answers have now been added above so you can see how many you got correct.
Well done to those of you who took part in the quiz to guess the locations. Particular praise to Dolly Rotten who showed great dedication, to this if not their work! Correct answers have now been added above so you can see how many you got correct. Simon Bull
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