This aerial photograph of Old Hill may be a bit bashed about the edges but that is because it was rescued from a dustbin by Sue Boswell, who brought it along to the Bugle. For years the picture hung on a wall in an office at the Municipal Buildings at Old Hill, and Sue saw it every day she was at work. One day it was decided to throw the picture away but Sue saved it from the trash and took it home.
The photograph was taken in the 1960s, probably to record the completion of the Riddins Mound estate.
In the foreground is Harcourt Road and beyond that is the line of the Great Western Railway.
On the other side of the tracks are the high rise tower blocks and flats of Riddins Mound, the main focus of the photograph. Above them can bee seen Beechcroft Road and Halesowen Road. At the top, about a third of the way across from the left, is Holy Trinity church and on the other side of Halesowen Road from it, a short way down, is the Plaza dance hall, famous for hosting the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and many other famous bands and pop stars of the 1960s.
The scene has changed much over the 40-plus years since this picture was taken. Many of the building on Halesowen Road have been demolished and the Old Hill bypass, Heathfield Way, was built in 1991. The Riddins Mound estate was the subject of an 18- month, £13.6 million rejuvenation project, begun in 1994, that saw one of the tower blocks demolished in a controlled explosion, new houses built, the road layout altered, playgrounds built, and the area landscaped.