This book forms part of the publisher's series of comparing old photographs of locales with their modern equivalents. Brian Elliott's survey of the Darfield and Wombwell area of South Yorkshire provides forty-five such comparisons with the odd additional item thrown in for good measure.
Seventeen of these cover Darfield, twenty-four cover Wombwell, whilst there are four of Great Houghton. There are perhaps too many pictures of Wombwell High Street when I would have preferred some shots of Little Houghton, Low Valley, Broomhead, even Brampton and West Melton, none of which appear in this book.
Elliott provides very copious captions to the photographs, supplying much detail. One imaginative comparison matches Ebenezer Elliott, the `Corn Law Rhymer' with Ian McMillan, today's `Bard of Barnsley' (actually Darfield), whilst another contrasts Houghton Main male-voice choirs.
The drawback of this series of books is that all the `then' photographs are reproduced with the same sepia colour wash, even those of a more recent vintage. Some are, nevertheless, very evocative, such as that of the Houghton Main Colliery of c.1910, or the number eighteen tram on Wombwell High Street c.1929. I also particularly enjoyed the modern photograph of Lundhill Row - or what used to be Lundhill Row - and an undated `then' shot of the Dearne and Dove Canal.
At the time of writing, I have never been to the area covered by this book, but I have ancestors from Darfield. I thus look forward to visiting Darfield Museum (which features in the latest chronological `then' picture, dated 1992), as well as All Saint's Church.