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Geography Task - Copthorne Detective



Comparing Copthorne Village: Then and Now!


As part of becoming a 'Copthorne Detective' and an expert in local geography and history, we need to look at the past to understand why Copthorne looks the way it does today.


For our second task, we want you to look at how Copthorne Village itself has changed over the last 100 years or so.


Look through the photos below (you can download or print them if you prefer) of how Copthorne Village used to look. Some of the pictures date right back to Victorian times! There are some great photos of the shops and houses on Copthorne Bank.


The shops, roads, cars (number and type) and landscape have all changed so much over the last 100 years ... can spot them?


Look carefully at the pictures. Try to spot what has changed. Look for differences in:

  • The roads - are they tracks, gravel or tarmac?
  • The shops - how have they changed in use?
  • The houses - which ones are missing? How have they changed?
  • Cars and buses - how they look and number of them
  • Outfits of people - what has changed?


TASK - Use the photo evidence to identify and write about changes over time you can see in Copthorne Village


In your own words, write about the differences you can see in how Copthorne Village, the shops, streets and surrounding area have changed over the last 150 years. Think about how the village looks today (maybe go and have a quick look!) and what it used to look like. You can print off some of the photos and add these in if you want to - or maybe add them into a PowerPoint or Word document.


If you find it easier, write in sections for each difference/change you spot. LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE FROM Mr T BELOW TO HELP GET YOU STARTED.

Copthorne Village - Pictures from the last 100 years - Can you spot the changes?

Copthorne Photos from the last 100 years - Photo files to use as needed