New book brings Droitwich's past to life

Paul Jones with Helen and Roger Peberdy and their new book 'Droitwich Through Time'. SP

Paul Jones with Helen and Roger Peberdy and their new book 'Droitwich Through Time'. SP

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A RETIRED Droitwich GP and his wife are two of three authors behind a new photographic history of the town which has just been published.

‘Droitwich Through Time’ is the work of former GP Roger Peberdy, his wife Helen, and Paul Jones, who have meticulously matched up a vast collection of old photographs of Droitwich, with their own photographs of the town today, taken from the same vantage points.

All three are members of the Droitwich History and Archaeology Society, and have undertaken an enormous amount of historical research to find out the context behind the old photographs and how the town has changed over time.

The modern photographs have all been taken by Mr Jones, who has been photographing location around Droitwich since 1989, taking thousands of photographs of the town, and its surrounding villages and churches, some of which have been put to use in the book.

The book itself provides a fascinating way of looking into the past to see how shop fronts as well as people and transport have changed over the years, and it’s easy to imagine the former Droitwich residents going about their daily lives with nearly 100 old photographs from as far back as the late 19th century matched up to the present day views of the same locations, some of which have changed almost beyond recognition.

‘Droitwich Through Time’ is being launched on Wednesday, September 3rd with a book signing at Droitwich Library from 10am to noon, but will also be available through local and online booksellers (ISBN 978 1 4456 3620 7).

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