View satellite views of Little Thetford over time.

Since version 5 of Google Earth, users have been able to view historical satellite imagery—if available for the area of interest. I have used this feature to produce a time-lapse video of the seven Google Earth images of Little Thetford available between 1999 and 2008.

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This Google Earth historical imagery feature is not available within Google maps—just Google Earth. To use this feature yourself, start Google Earth and ensure the status bar is visible (View–>Status Bar–>Ticked) then click the date near the bottom left of the page. A new window appears near the top left of the page where you can slide along all the satellite images available for the area you are viewing. Have fun.

A higher resolution version of the above video can be downloaded here. This 40 GB file may take a long time to download on a slow broadband connection. Google Earth can be downloaded here.

John McCullough
October 2011