Then & Now

‘Then & Now’ photography is a good way to look at Blackfen and see how much it has (or hasn’t) changed over the years.

Chester Road in the mid 1930s and in 2010

Chester Road in the mid 1930s and in 2010

Blackfen Road near Fen Grove, 1930s and 2010

Blackfen Road near Fen Grove, 1930s and 2010

Blackfen Road near Curran Ave, 1930s and 2010

Blackfen Road near Curran Ave, 1930s and 2010

Blackfen Road at Westwood Lane junction, towards The Woodman, mid 1930s and 2010

Blackfen Road at Westwood Lane junction, towards The Woodman, mid 1930s and 2010

Westwood Lane, 1954 and 2010

Westwood Lane, 1954 and 2010

RACS Stores 1931; now Katie's Playpen, Browne's Chemist and Blackfen Off-licence, 2010

RACS Stores 1931; now Katie’s Playpen, Browne’s Chemist and Blackfen Off-licence, 2010

Days Lane towards Blackfen, 1900 and 2010

Days Lane towards Blackfen, 1900 and 2010

Copelands in Days Lane, 1930s and 2010

Copelands in Days Lane, 1930s and 2010

Blackfen Parade 1960s and 2010

Blackfen Parade 1960s and 2010

Plaza Cinema 1937, Safeway supermarket 1960s, Co-op supermarket 2010

Plaza Cinema 1937, Safeway supermarket 1960s, Co-op supermarket 2010

Chapel House in Blackfen Road c1900 (Penhill Road is on the left) and in 2010, now at a busy roundabout.

Chapel House in Blackfen Road c1900 (Penhill Road is on the left) and in 2010, now at a busy roundabout.

Blackfen Library in Cedar Grove in 1949, and the same view in 2010, now housing.

Blackfen Library in Cedar Avenue in 1949, and the same view in 2010, now housing.

An accident at junction of Westwood Lane and Rochester Way, late 1930s (note the pedestrian crossing). The view today is mostly obscured by the widened A2 but the top of the crescent-shaped Woodman Parade can still be seen.

An accident at junction of Westwood Lane and Rochester Way, late 1930s (note the pedestrian crossing). The view today (2015) is mostly obscured by the widened A2 but the top of the crescent-shaped Woodman Parade can still be seen.

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