16 aerial pictures of Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton between 1970 and 2005 as you've never seen them before

Did you live in the Five Towns in the 2000s? You might recognise some of these familiar streets and sites - as seen from the air.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 3:47 pm
Did you live in the Five Towns in the 2000s? You might recognise some of these familiar streets and sites - as seen from the air.
Did you live in the Five Towns in the 2000s? You might recognise some of these familiar streets and sites - as seen from the air.

Want to see more? These 15 photos give a bird's-eye view of Pontefract Castleford and the Five Towns through 70 years of history.

Aerial view of Normanton industrial estate in August 2000, with the M62 running in the background
Do you remember Castleford and the River Aire before the Millennium Bridge was built?

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Work is carried out to construct the road where the A1(M) meets the M62, close to Ferrybridge Power Station. In the background are Eggborough and Drax power stations.
Darrington is seen from above in this photo, dated 2005.
Featherstone Rovers' Millennium Stadium takes centre stage in this aerial shot of Featherstone, taken in 2005.
And the sun was shining on Ackworth as this photo was taken.
Pontefract New College stands proud in this aerial snap from July 2005.
This photo shows off the former Prince of Wales Colliery site in Pontefract.
Do you recognise Pontefract town centre in this aerial snap?
Can you spot any familiar streets in this aerial shot of Airedale?
Do you remember spending time in Knottingley's North View Playground in 2005?
Brotherton looked calm and peaceful in this photo.
The Millennium site in Allerton Bywater, pictured in August 2005.
Fairburn Ings looked stunning in this scenic snap.
Stepping back in time a little further, do you remember Featherstone in 1979?
Normanton Secondary Modern school, later Freeston College and now Outwood Academy Freeston is seen in 1978.