In pictures: 15 photos give a bird's-eye view of Pontefract, Castleford and the Five Towns through 70 years of history

You might think you've seen everything your hometown has to offer, but when was the last time you got a bird's-eye view of the Five Towns?

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 5:57 pm
You might think you've seen everything your hometown has to offer, but when was the last time you got a bird's-eye view of the Five Towns?
You might think you've seen everything your hometown has to offer, but when was the last time you got a bird's-eye view of the Five Towns?

We've taken a look back through our archive to find 15 of the best aerial photos of Pontefract, Castleford and the Five Towns, spanning more than 70 years of history. Can you recognise all the locations below?

It may look a little different, but do you recognise any buildings in this photo of Pontefract, taken in August 1953?
Airedale, including Airedale High School, is pictured in July 2005.

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Do you recognise Ackworth School in July 2005?
And how often do you get to see a view of Pontefract Castle from this height?
Normanton is barely recognisable in this snap from 1954.
Do you remember the Chequerfield estate in 2005?
Can you guess where in Pontefract this photo was taken in 1953?
Part of Knottingley's Warwick estate is seen in 2005, with Rockware Glass in the background.
Do you remember Pontefract town centre in the 1950s?
A new block was under construction at St.Wilfrid's High School when this aerial shot was taken in July 2005.
And Ferrybridge Power Station looked a little different in this shot from 2005!
An aerial view of central Castleford in 1953, showing the parish Church in the right foreground with the River Aire on the left. Houses and business premises between two main thoroughfares, Carlton Street and Aire Street, are in the right foreground.
Pontefract has hardly ever looked as impressive as in this shot from August 1953.
Did you know anyone who lived in Fairburn in or around July 2005?
Castleford's Queens Park looked green and luscious in this snap from 2005.