In January 2012 the Society was contacted by Mrs Hilary Corke who, when looking through the photographs of her late father, came across a number annotated on the back with “ Reconstruction of High Street, Corsham, for Wilts C.C. 1949”. Her father was Mr S Harold A Abbott, 1915-1953, a civil engineer at Wiltshire County Council. Hilary thought the photographs should come back to where they belong so travelled to Corsham and passed them over to our safekeeping in our archives. I took her on a tour of Corsham and we were able to match the buildings in the photographs with the current scene.
I have included the photographs below – they are stamped on the reverse with “Ernest Ireland, Ltd, Civil Engineering Contractors, Lower Bristol Road, Bath”. I have been unable to identify the location of the final photograph.