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Background imagePeople Collection: Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456

Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456
HOLLAND HOUSE, Kensington, London. An interior view of the bombed library at Holland House with readers apparently choosing books regardless of the damage. Photographed in 1940

Background imagePeople Collection: Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690

Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. From 1921 children had to be at least 12 years old before they could work full-time, though some of these boys look younger

Background imagePeople Collection: Mallard steam train, Flying Scotsman service a062835

Mallard steam train, Flying Scotsman service a062835
MALLARD. View of the LNER Class A4 train during its time on the Flying Scotsman express passenger service between London and Edinburgh. A man in a trilby hat looks at the engine

Background imagePeople Collection: King George V Dock a002109

King George V Dock a002109
KING GEORGE V DOCK, Canning Town, London. Shipping in the dock with dock workers standing on the dockside in the foreground (mid 20th century)

Background imagePeople Collection: Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762

Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762
STRATFORD CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY, Maryland Street, Stratford, Greater London. Interior view of the Comptometer Room at Stratford Co-operative Society

Background imagePeople Collection: Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518

Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518
LUDGATE CIRCUS, City of London. A busy street view of Ludgate Circus looking towards St Pauls Cathedral with horse-drawn buses in the foreground and a steam train on the bridge

Background imagePeople Collection: Victorian London OP15919

Victorian London OP15919
Cloth Fair, London. The Old Dick Whittington public house at 24 Cloth Fair viewed from Middle Street. Photographed by Augustin Rischgitz, London Stereoscopic Company Limited in the 1890s

Background imagePeople Collection: Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16

Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16
Norwich, Norfolk. The bustling marketplace. Photographed by Hallam Ashley in July 1948

Background imagePeople Collection: Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk a082550

Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk a082550
ALDEBURGH BEACH, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Fisherman tipping a wicker basket at the seas edge with gulls wheeling overhead and a sea mark in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay in 1977

Background imagePeople Collection: R101 at Cardington EPW029993

R101 at Cardington EPW029993
R101 at Cardington, Bedfordshire, 1929. Built 1926-30 at the Royal Airship Works at Cardington, the final test flight was 1st October 1930

Background imagePeople Collection: Blackpool a047928

Blackpool a047928
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire. An elderly man on holiday paddling in the sea, with Blackpool Tower in the background. Date range 1946-1955. John Gay

Background imagePeople Collection: Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745

Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. A cargo of bananas in specially ventilated crates is unloaded and transferred into the warehouse via a conveyor belt while two foremen in bowler hats look

Background imagePeople Collection: Mill Green, Broxted, Essex a81_00922

Mill Green, Broxted, Essex a81_00922
MILL GREEN, Broxted, Essex. A cyclist rests his tandem against the finger post / sign post at Mill Green in Broxted. A windmill stands in the background

Background imagePeople Collection: The Old Royal Naval College a065204

The Old Royal Naval College a065204
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, Greenwich, London. View from a hill in Greenwich Park, looking north-west across the park towards the Queens House and the Old Royal Naval College

Background imagePeople Collection: Paddington Station a061937

Paddington Station a061937
PADDINGTON STATION, London. Elevated view showing passengers awaiting the arrival of a train on Platform 2 at Paddington railway station. John Gay. Date range: 1960-1972

Background imagePeople Collection: Station Master BB98_05551

Station Master BB98_05551
STATION MASTER, Finmere Station, Oxfordshire. In 1898-99 the Great Central Railway Company (formed 1897) created a main railway route from Sheffield through Nottingham and Leicester to London

Background imagePeople Collection: Euston Arch a98_05420

Euston Arch a98_05420
EUSTON ARCH, Euston Station, Euston Road, Camden Town, London. Traffic outside the Euston Arch. The arch was designed by Philip Hardwick in 1837 as part of a screen

Background imagePeople Collection: Downshire Hill, Hampstead a072760

Downshire Hill, Hampstead a072760
ST JOHNS CHURCH, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London. A street view looking north east along Downshire Hill towards the entrance front of St Johns Church

Background imagePeople Collection: Piccadilly Circus c. 1893 CC97_00945

Piccadilly Circus c. 1893 CC97_00945
PICCADILLY CIRCUS, Westminster, London. A view of Piccadilly from the west looking towards Coventry Street and showing the London Pavilion

Background imagePeople Collection: Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666

Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666
Pay day at Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London. A line of workmen collect their wages from a hatch, while a security guard looks on. Photographer unknown, c.1910

Background imagePeople Collection: Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002

Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002
F W Woolworth And Company Limited, 29-35 High Street, Southend-on-Sea. A view south along the High Street in Southend-on-Sea in October 1938, with shoppers and cyclists outside the store

Background imagePeople Collection: Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502

Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
MICKLETON, Gloucestershire. A couple posing by a gate with the spire of St Lawrences Church and surrounding countryside in the background. Photographed by Henry Taunt (active 1860-1922)

Background imagePeople Collection: Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285

Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285
OCEANIC HOUSE, Cockspur Street, London. The London office of the White Star Line shipping company decorated for George V coronation (22nd June 1911)

Background imagePeople Collection: Battersea Funfair a019815

Battersea Funfair a019815
BATTERSEA FUNFAIR, Greater London. General view showing couple standing in front of trick fountains lit at night with Battersea Power Station in the background. Laurence Goldman

Background imagePeople Collection: Liverpool Street Station a063096

Liverpool Street Station a063096
LIVERPOOL STREET STATION, London. Interior view. Passengers waiting for a train on a platform at Liverpool Street Station. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: 1947-1948

Background imagePeople Collection: Gertrude Jekyll c. 1901 OP01502

Gertrude Jekyll c. 1901 OP01502
The garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, beside the terrace bridge at Deanery Garden, Sonning, The Deanery (or Deanery Garden) is a house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in Sonning, Berkshire

Background imagePeople Collection: Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507

Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507
PORTSCATHO HARBOUR, Gerrans, Cornwall. A young boy looking down towards tethered boats in the harbour at Portscatho. Photographed by John Gay during 1950s-1960s

Background imagePeople Collection: Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500

Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500
HARNHAM, Salisbury, Wiltshire. View from the Old Mill at Harnham, looking across the water meadows towards Salisbury Cathedral with a postman pushing his bicycle along the Town Path in

Background imagePeople Collection: Aldeburgh Beach a082551

Aldeburgh Beach a082551
ALDEBURGH BEACH, Suffolk. View along the beach showing a line of sea marks and a fisherman with a wicker basket walking up the beach with gulls wheeling overhead. Photographed by John Gay in 1977

Background imagePeople Collection: Smithfield Market BL22966_004

Smithfield Market BL22966_004
SMITHFIELD MARKET, London. Smithfield has been the site of a market since the Middle Ages, originally selling horses, cattle and pigs

Background imagePeople Collection: Clifton Suspension Bridge BB89_03974

Clifton Suspension Bridge BB89_03974
CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE, Bristol. The bridge under construction. Work began on the bridge in 1836 under the supervision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel but stopped due to lack of funds

Background imagePeople Collection: Big Ben Clock Tower CC73_02867

Big Ben Clock Tower CC73_02867
PALACE OF WESTMINSTER, London. Inside the clock tower. Maintenance on Big Ben clock face

Background imagePeople Collection: Blackpool Beach a047930

Blackpool Beach a047930
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire. Informal holiday portrait showing rear view of a family with two small daughters paddling in the sea, with Blackpool Tower in the background (mid-20th century). John Gay

Background imagePeople Collection: Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818

Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath a071818
WHITESTONE POND, Hampstead Heath, London. View of a boy lying down on the edge of the pond with his hand holding a model yacht on the water

Background imagePeople Collection: Lord Hills Road, London a064488

Lord Hills Road, London a064488
LORD HILLS ROAD, Westbourne Green, Paddington, London. A view looking south with Senior Street to the right, houses now demolished, with railings in the forground

Background imagePeople Collection: Donkey ride a071928

Donkey ride a071928
Hampstead Heath, Greater London. Two small boys riding donkeys being led across the road in front of Whitestone Pond, with people strolling on the banks of the pond behind

Background imagePeople Collection: Morris Dancing FF003010

Morris Dancing FF003010
Town Street, Thaxted, Essex. A group of morris dancers and a unicorn hobby horse at a Thaxted Morris Ring meeting. Photographed by John Gay in the mid-1960s

Background imagePeople Collection: Michaelmas Fair CBR01_01_05

Michaelmas Fair CBR01_01_05
Market Place, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. People looking at the stalls at the Michaelmas Fair in the Market Place. 1895, unknown photographer

Background imagePeople Collection: Port Sunlight BL14041_027

Port Sunlight BL14041_027
LEVER BROTHERS SUNLIGHT SOAP WORKS, Port Sunlight, Wirral, Merseyside. Interior view. Workers packing soap boxes. Photographed by Bedford Lemere & Co. in April 1897

Background imagePeople Collection: Patcham Windmill a98_05267

Patcham Windmill a98_05267
PATCHAM, East Sussex. Three horsemen ride past Patcham tower mill on the Downs behind Brighton. Photographed by Eric de Mare (active 1945-80)

Background imagePeople Collection: Blacksmith, Norfolk a98_13558

Blacksmith, Norfolk a98_13558
Woodbastwick, Norfolk. Interior of blacksmiths shop. A farrier shapes a horseshoe on his anvil. Photographed by Hallam Ashley, February 1949

Background imagePeople Collection: Shambles CC76_00555

Shambles CC76_00555
Shambles, York, 1910. A view looking south along Shambles from in front of the butchers shop at number 44, with a number of young children standing along the street

Background imagePeople Collection: Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817

Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817
Rotherhithe Tunnel, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London. The south entrance to the Rotherhithe Tunnel during construction. One of a series of prints documenting work on the road tunnel beneath the Thames

Background imagePeople Collection: Rover Car Factory, Solihull JLP01_01_045_33

Rover Car Factory, Solihull JLP01_01_045_33
Rover Car Company Works, Lode Lane, Solihull. West Midlands. Interior view of Rover factory showing workers polishing cars, October 1956. John Laing Collection

Background imagePeople Collection: Rain BB98_05778

Rain BB98_05778
Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire. People with raincoats and umbrellas walking beside the harbour in the rain. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Sons 1896-1920

Background imagePeople Collection: Leighton Buzzard Market Cross BB86_01958

Leighton Buzzard Market Cross BB86_01958
Market Cross, Market Square, Leighton Buzzard, Leighton-Linslade, Central Bedfordshire. A horse and cart beside the Market Cross, Leighton Buzzard, with a market taking place in the square

Background imagePeople Collection: St Giles Fair, Oxford CC49_00539

St Giles Fair, Oxford CC49_00539
St Giles Fair, Oxford, Oxfordshire, September 1905. Photographed by Henry William Taunt (1842-1922) on silver gelatin glass plate negative

Background imagePeople Collection: Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062

Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062
Before the liberating 1960s a career for many women meant making the choice between secretarial work, healthcare or service



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