Buttercross Monument, Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire. 1927 – 1929.
Fond childhood memories flooded back to Alice Calvert when she looked through her old photographs of Maltby.
Her father, Jack Roberts, was clerk of works for West Riding County Council and in 1927 to 1929, he took charge of merging Low Road with Bawtry Road at Maltby.
During school holidays, Alice, who lived in West Yorkshire, used to go to Maltby with her father where his landlady would look after her through the day.
Alice and her father were in full view of the camera when a film crew recorded an event in Maltby for a news slot at the cinema. These photographs show Jack and workmen moving a monument to a new position, men standing on a flight of stairs which were used to join the two roads together, and the finished result.
Alice recalled: “I have never been back but I thought, on looking at the photographs, I would enquire about a train. Is it as it was when dad finished? I would love to know.”
The answer is: unfortunately not.
Since then, Blyth Road has been merged with Bawtry Road too. And that merger meant another relocation of that monument.
Blyth Road now extends through the space once occupied by the monument, lamppost and the building on the left.
The monument now resides further up Bawtry Road, and at the junction of Blyth Road. The monument was also reorientated through ninety degrees when it was re-positioned; either intentionally or not.
Photographs taken 1st March 2014.
Aerial Photography of Maltby 1926
This image of Low Road and surroundings, Maltby, was taken on 29th May 1926, before the work to merge Low Road with Bawtry Road began.
The yellow marker is the approximate position that the monument was moved to between 1927 and 1929 and the position of the workmen in the first image. The green arrow depicts the approximate position and angle of the photographer. This aerial shot adds a lot of value to the image of the workmen relocating the monument; value that could have been lost if the photograph had been taken a second or two later. The wing of the aeroplane would have obscured that detail.
- Story and images salvaged from a very old newspaper cutting. Publisher and date unknown.
- Images scanned and painstakingly enhanced with a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 5.
- Present day images taken with a Nikon D5100 and AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm telephoto lens.