An Illustrated Social History

CHELSWORTH FROM THE AIR IN 1940


This photograph is one of three taken by a German reconnaissance aircraft over Chelsworth at the time of the Battle of Britain. The plane was presumably scanning the area for signs of defences and especially airfields - Wattisham is a few miles to the East, and other airstrips and landing areas were created all over Suffolk.


By chance, the photograph gives us a living record, in addition to the maps that we have, of the field patterns before the great amalgamations that left us with largely featureless expanses over much of our upland areas. It is also possible to distinguish from this photo the probable location of ponds in some of the fields, which could point to the existence in former times of houses that have long since gone.

Appendix I

THE LANDSCAPE OF CHELSWORTH PARISH