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Filename: aa080820.jpg

Size: 4240 x 4453 (6.7MB)

Date: 27th January 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Melton Mowbray AA080820

MELTON MOWBRAY, Leicestershire.
A view at night of Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Just visible in the background is the tower of St Mary's Church. This photograph featured in the December 1954 edition of Country Fair magazine, with the title ‘Where the pies come from'.
A snowy winters night with petrol pumps and signs for the AA and RAC. Photographed by John Gay

John Gay (born Hans Göhler 1909 in Karlsruhe, Germany, died 1999 in Highgate, London)

Gay attended art college in his home town. In 1933 he left Germany, following Hitler's appointment as Chancellor, moving to England with his friend Walter Stern and Stern's family, including his mother, the photographer Martha Stern

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Media ID 1389615

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Cold Night Road Snow Winter


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> Seasons > Seasons: Winter > Snow

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter


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Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire: A Winter's Night Scene (December 1954) This evocative black-and-white photograph captures the enchanting sight of Burton Street in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, on a wintry night in December 1954. The scene is bathed in the soft, ethereal glow of the streetlights, casting long, dramatic shadows on the snow-covered ground. At the heart of the image, the petrol pumps and road signs for the Automobile Association (AA) and the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) stand proud and defiant against the cold, wintery night. Their bright, illuminated logos provide a stark contrast to the surrounding darkness, inviting weary travelers to seek refuge and assistance. In the background, the unmistakable silhouette of St Mary's Church tower emerges from the night, a testament to the town's rich history and tradition. The church, with its distinctive spire, has been a landmark in Melton Mowbray for centuries, and its presence adds a sense of timelessness to this winter scene. Photographed by the renowned British photographer John Gay, this image was featured in the December 1954 edition of Country Fair magazine, under the title 'Where the pies come from'. The photograph serves as a poignant reminder of a bygone era, when the simple pleasures of a warm fire, a hot meal, and the comfort of a well-lit petrol station were enough to brighten the darkest winter's night.

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