Ken’s Victorian find

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A SCARBOROUGH artist has unearthed a collection of rare Victorian photographs depicting the town’s significant transformation.

Ken Wood, who runs The Arts Workshops, in Albion Road, found the three snaps at a car boot sale.

Mr Wood, a collector of thousands of historical images, said the pictures, taken from Oliver’s Mount were a treasured find and gave a great insight into the evolving Scarborough skyline.

Featuring a chronological look at how Scarborough has changed, the photographs show Royal Crescent and Princess Royal Terrace as they grew from their foundations, with Filey Road, Fulford Road and Westbourne Grove also prominent.

Mr Wood said: “I’ve been collecting old photographs since I was 12-years-old, with most of them carte-d’visite images.

“I picked the ones of Scarborough up last year and I have certainly never seen them before in all the time I have been collecting.

“I’ve always been interested in the history of Scarborough so to have three photographs like these is just fabulous.

“It is so nice to see how the town has changed, especially as in the first photograph it doesn’t look like the Grand Hotel has been built, or at least, it is only in the process.”

Mr Wood, who held an exhibition of Victorian fashion at his gallery last night, added he would be framing and putting the photographs on display in the near future.