Newcastle in 1945 with Google Earth

Google Earth is an amazing tool for viewing the whole world in intricate detail from the comfort of your seat at home. Some areas of the world are covered better than others, but thankfully the UK is represented very well on this awesome program. We bet many of you have used it to find your own home and you would be surprised at how often it is updated.

We recently discovered another great feature of Google Earth – historical imagery.

This neat tool allows you to view certain cities at a specific time in history. For Newcastle, it allows you to go back as far as 1945, with additional dates of 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 available alongside the most recent imagery from 2012.

It is amazing to see how the city has changed from 1945, the year the 2nd World War ended, and today…

St James' Park and the surrounding area in 1945

St James’ Park and the surrounding area in 1945

St James' Park at the surrounding area in 2012

St James’ Park at the surrounding area in 2012

Quayside and surrounding area in 1945

Quayside and surrounding area in 1945

Quayside 2012

Quayside and surrounding area in 2012

A lot has changed!

If you want to see Newcastle in 1945 with Google Earth and compare it with what the city is like today then follow these simple instructions:

Note that this feature is only available on the Google Earth program which must be downloaded first. It is not available on the web based version or mobile version.

  • Download Google Earth here for free: www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html (it is available on PC, Mac and Linux)
  • Once it is installed, open the program
  • Use the search bar in the top left of the screen to locate Newcastle (or any other city you want to explore)
  • Click the Clock icon Clock icon in the toolbar above the 3D viewer.
  • Click on the year that appears in the bottom left of the status bar
  • The small vertical lines on the timeline indicate the dates of different imagery available for your location.

The video below also helps explain how to use this great feature. Hope you enjoy it!




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