This is a regular series of blogs about photographs of the same place taken years apart. I quite like those Then and Now comparison photographs that you see in books or on the Twitter or Facebook. The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.
I always thought I should give then and now photographs a go. However what I have started to notice is that I have been doing Then and Now photographs unintentionally over the years and have been taking photographs of the same thing or place from the same view or perspective years apart.
Jedburgh Abbey, a ruined Augustinian abbey which was founded in the 12th century, is situated in the town of Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders 10 miles north of the border with England at Carter Bar.
At Legoland Windsor there is a Lego model of Jedburgh Abbey, which I have photographed a lot over the last twenty years (or so).
I took this photograph in August 2006. At this point the park was ten years old.
Here is the same model two years later in August 2008.
By August 2014 the ruin had become overgrown with real plants growing across the ruins.
A year later in July 2015 it didn’t look too different.
When we visited in August 2017 there had been some gardening done and various small trees and plants had been removed.
For the most part I did not realise I was taking a similar photograph of the same model. However now this has come to my attention that I have been taking similar photographs I have started to intentionally take photographs of the same place. So in October 2022 on my most recent visit to Legoland I sought out Jedburgh Abbey and took a photograph.
The trees behind the model had grown somewhat, but other trees around the model had been removed.
May the 4th is seen by many as Star Wars Day. Over in Legoland there is a whole miniland scale exhibit on Star Wars.
The exhibit covers the six films, the original three and the three sequels.
A recent addition was a Miniland scale model of the trench run from the first film. There is Luke Skywalker flying down the trench in his X-Wing followed by Darth Vader and two TIE Fighters.
There is a also a model of the Death Star in the process of firing its primary weapon.
I like how they have used air conditioning to add an icy feel to the Assault on Hoth display. Here the rebel forces face attack from the might of the Imperium.
No Star Wars exhibit would be complete without the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! This is the Millennium Falcon that “made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.”
There is also an Endor display complete with Ewoks.
The three prequels make up quite a few models and includes this huge tank.
Virtually all the models have lights, like this palace from Naboo and the displays go from day to night.
Miniland scale droids.
As well as the Miniland scale exhibits there are also some larger Lego models too, such as R2-D2.
…and Lord Vader!
I wonder if at some future point the exhibit will cover episode VII or Rogue One?
Across this blog I wrote fifteen posts in 2016. As might not be expected most of the top ten posts that year were from 2016, and I was pleased to see how popular my 1990s photographs of the Bristol Harbourside were.
I visited Legoland in 2013 and felt that it was A bit tired and this was the tenth most popular post, dropping one place from last year.
Also about Legoland Miniland was the ninth post.
The eighth post was about Time travelling by train which was a post on the newly painted GWR High Speed Train in the classic 1970s blue and yellow.
The seventh popular post was inspired by a newspaper article and talked about the many Changes at the railway station in Weston-super-Mare.
The sixth placed post was from my 2012 series of Cinematic Advent Calendar posts, this one was #07 – The Eagle has Landed. There were quite a few films in the advent calendar that have significant memories over and above the film itself. Queuing for Star Wars was significant for example. With The Eagle has Landed I went to see it at the Aldeburgh cinema with my grandparents.
When I used film, I didn’t take than many photographs, but I did take a fair few of the Bristol Harbourside, so the fifth post was of the Bryan Brothers’ Garage Demolition, Bristol, circa 1999.
Three of the next four posts were similar and all contain photographs from the Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s.
Fourth was this post Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s and third was this one: Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s (second part).
The second most popular post was a comparison of Trenchard Street, Bristol, circa 1970s and the view today.
The most popular post of the year on the Stuff blog was a series of photographs of Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s.
So quite a few posts from 2016 in the 2016 top ten.
As with my other blogs I am looking at the ten most read postings over 2015.
The tenth most read post on this blog was posted in the last two weeks of 2015, and was about WHSmith. At WHSmith you can afford to give them anything but the ordinary this Christmas contained an old advert from the high street store.
I visited Legoland in 2013 and felt that it was A bit tired and this was the ninth post in this top ten. Certainly when we went this year in 2015 there were some new models in Mainland.
You have entered the Quiet Zone! was eighth most read post and I asked what’s the point of the Quiet Zone Carriage?
Back to Legoland for number seven, Legoland Miniland.
The sixth most read post was on Ten Incredible Sand Sculptures that have been on the beach at Weston-super-Mare over the last ten years.
The post at number 5 was from the Cinematic Advent Calendar which I posted back before Christmas in 2012. The post in question was #24 – Back to the Future and as 2015 was the year in which Marty McFly went to in the film series, it’s quite apt that it in this year’s top ten.
More Lego at number 4 with The Bat Cave in Lego.
The third most popular post was “the cafe on tv at weston super mare is it real” and the answer is, it isn’t!
Over 2015 there were seventy Shaun the Sheep sculptures places all across Bristol and the top two posts on the blog were about these Sheep. At number two was Ten out of Seventy and the most read post was about all seventy sheep, Shaun in the City.
Happy New Year for 2016.
This is the onsite workshop at Legoland Windsor where they fix, refresh and make (some of) the models across the site. In the workshop are various broken, old, new and part-completed models. Mainly for Miniland, but also other parts of the park.
The tubes are ventilation tubes, as the Lego models are glued and these tubes take the fumes away.
This cabinet contains a range of models, mainly heads and vehicles.
Note the drawing on the bottom left that was used to help plan the lego model next to it.
You can also see a small Lego version of the Atlantis ride submarine.
The first Legoland Park opened in 1968 in Billund in Denmark. I actually went there in the early 1970s, don’t remember too much, but I do recall not going on driving school as I was too young!
This is a news item (Pathe News) about the park.
Model design has obviously got a lot more complex and detailed, but the basics are still there today that were started back in 1968.
One of the fascinating aspects of any visit to Legoland are the models in Miniland. It always impressed me how detailed and authentic the models look as well as they are made with lego bricks.
The models cover most of Europe including Belgium.
The models are very clever and must have taken hours to build and also required a fair bit of planning.
After our visit last year I write a post about how tired the models in Miniland looked, it was nice to see that Legoland has listened 😉 and there was evidence that many of the models were been refreshed or renewed. There was for example a whole new section on France including the Eiffel Tower.
See more photographs of Legoland.
I am sure most people are aware that Google Street View extends to some theme parks, including Legoland.
Following a recent visit to Legoland I was comparing how it had changed from my recent visit to when the Street View images were taken in 2009 and I found this…
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Nice little Easter Egg, not sure of the connection though…