Hillmorton man brings Rugby's past to life with stunning photos

The old Post Office in Bilton.
The old Post Office in Bilton.

A Hillmorton man has brought the past of our borough to life by merging vintage photos with present-day ones.

Mark Hickman scoured photographic archives to find pictures of the Rugby of yesteryear, before travelling to the locations to get modern photographs.

Rugby station.

Rugby station.

He then used software to merge the old and new photographs together.

“It really brings the people in the photos to life,” Mr Hickman said.

“It was nice to see people were just going about their everyday business.”

He was inspired to begin the project after he accidently found a Victorian duplicate of a photograph he had taken.

Mark Hickman.

Mark Hickman.

He said: “I could see smartly-dressed Victorians on a pleasure boat in the same area I had taken my photograph. It was really interesting.”

Mr Hickman’s work includes a scene at Rugby Railway Station, in which we can see one of the platforms and a modern train next to a steam train and a uniformed man – perhaps from the First World War.

Another photo shows the area around the Clock Tower decorated for the coronation of King George V in 1910 – complete with Rugbeians of the past wearing flowing skirts and smart black suits.

The photos were then compiled into calendars by Mr Hickman to be given to family and friends – but the idea proved so popular he decided to make the calendars available for sale to the public.

Visit www.rugbynowandthen.co.uk to see more photos and to buy a calendar.