THE face and fabric of our towns and villages have changed immeasurably over the years.

Many buildings have disappeared while countless others have appeared on what was once sprawling green fields.

The methods of transport can look almost comical given today’s high-tech society.

The Echo has gathered together some of the most striking images of Weymouth and Portland from a bygone age in a new publication. The pictorial step back in time looks at the town centre, harbour and seafront from the early part of the 20th century. We look at Portland when it still had windmills and convicts in the island’s prisons wore uniforms with arrows.

And there are pictures of the outlying villages and landmarks some of which have disappeared and some which are still instantly recognisable.

The Echo is indebted to Stuart Morris, Andy Hutchings, Terence Gale and Rodney Legg for allowing us to use pictures from their impressive and extensive photographic collections for this publication.

* Bygone Days is on sale for £4.