Gallery: St Albans From The Air

PUBLISHED: 15:40 02 June 2010

ENJOY a rare look at the district of St Albans with this selection of new aerial photographs offering a decidedly different view of the countryside.

Internationally renowned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes selected these images to provide an overview of a variety of landscapes and settlements across the county in his new book Hertfordshire from the Air.

He explained: “The principal attraction of aerial photographs is that they are literally a bird’s eye view, allowing us to look down on the landscape from a perspective that we never normally see.

“Such pictures reveal to us things that are normally hidden from view, and often surprise us when we find that what we had imagined the layout of the land to be is in reality quite different.”

Published by Halsgrove, Hertfordshire from the Air travels on a journey around the county, taking in Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Rickmansworth, Watford, Hatfield and Hitchin, as well as many villages and landmarks in between.

Closer to home, the book includes images of Brocket Hall, Butterfly World in Chiswell Green, St Albans School, Verulamium Park, Sopwell Priory and the much-lamented Bricket Wood Sports Centre.

There are also fascinating images showing the centres of both St Albans and Harpenden from the air, featuring the cathedral and clock tower in all their splendour.

Hertfordshire from the Air is available from local bookshops priced £14.99, or from Halsgrove Direct on 01823 653777.

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