For many towns and villages, the arrival of the railway brought change. The tiny Shropshire settlements of Aldon, Newton, Halford, Stokesay and Whettleton would grow with the railway to become one town – Newton Township.
Eventually, the new town would take on another identity, that of the newly opened Hotel at its centre – The Craven Arms Hotel (named after the owner of Stokesay Castle, Lord Craven) – and Craven Arms was born.
The railway came and mostly went. The station survived the Beaching cuts of the early 1960s, but the town’s days as a major railway junction had long gone – now just a stop on the Cardiff to Manchester Line and a junction for the single-track Heart of Wales line.
The Township Protect is a record of the changes and evolution of the town – subtle changes – human change, changes in nature and the changing of the seasons…
At the end of the project, I will curate a collection of photographs that, when considered together, best represent that change.
Out of familiarity comes nuance. The more you revisit a subject the more you’re likely to discover…
Photographer Ray Metzker
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