Shackleton over the Strand RAF_228_190E_0048
An aerial view looking down on an Avro Shackleton Mark II bomber in flight over the Strand as part of a fly-by celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. RAF photography 1956.
Battersea Power Station AA98_05903
BATTERSEA POWER STATION, London. View from the north bank of the River Thames at night. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1937 and was the largest brick building in europe. Photographed by Eric de Mare. Date range 1955-1980.
Farm wagons, Norfolk AA98_15161
Freethorpe, Norfolk. These two traditional horse-drawn farm wagons would still have been in regular use when this photograph was taken. Behind, a portable elevator was used to build the haystacks. Photographed by Hallam Ashley in September 1959.
HASTINGS, East Sussex. View of two women walking past a group of fishermen's stores ('net shops') during 1956. Eric de Mare.
Saddlers, Suffolk AA98_14619
Halesworth, Suffolk. A typical saddler's shop displays horse collars and other horse equipment. Much of the rural saddler's trade came from the heavy work of the farms. Photographed by Hallam Ashley July 1949.
Easter Fair, Norwich AA98_17164
Norwich, Norfolk. In addition to its market, Norwich held two fairs, one at Christmas and this one at Easter, on the site of the cattle market. Here a sailor demonstrates his skill at the shooting gallery with children gathered around to watch. Photographed by Hallam Ashley, March 1948.
Farrier, Norfolk AA98_13563
Woodbastwick, Norfolk. Interior of blacksmiths shop. A farrier shoeing a horse. A working horse would need re-shoeing about every five weeks. Here a hot shoe is measured against the horse's hoof, and the farrier can tell by the mark left how much to alter the shoe. However, the post-war campaign to mechanise agriculture meant that within a decade of this picture being taken there were few working farriers left. Photographed by Hallam Ashley, February 1949.
Man and woman looking out to sea OP04504
View of a man and woman standing at railings looking out to sea, silhouetted against a low sun and clouds. Date range 1950s - 1960s. Photograph by John Gay.
The Church Stairs, Whitby AA98_15465
THE CHURCH STAIRS, Whitby, North Yorkshire. A baker makes deliveries, climbing the steps from the quayside to the church. 1950s. Hallam Ashley.
Liverpool Street Station AA063096
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.
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire. An elderly man on holiday paddling in the sea, with Blackpool Tower in the background. Date range 1946-1955. John Gay.
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.
Mallard steam train, Flying Scotsman service AA062835
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. Photographed by John Gay, 1948.
Alnwick, Northumberland AA081264
MARKET STREET, Alnwick, Northumberland. Looking west along Market Street towards the Northumberland Hall and Town Hall beyond, showing cars parked on cobbles in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay during the 1950s.
HMS Warspite AFL03_aerofilms_a5978
HMS WARSPITE, Prussia Cove, Cornwall. Warspite was launched in 1913 and saw action with the Royal Navy at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. During the second world war she saw service off Norway, Italy, in the Indian Ocean, Sicily and Normandy. Plagued by steering problems almost from the outset this Queen Elizabeth class battleship was finally sold for scrap in 1947. Photographed here in May 1947, she is seen here having run her anchor during a storm and run aground while on her way to be broken up. Aerofilms Collection (see Links).
Battersea Power Station AA002022
BATTERSEA POWER STATION, London. A view looking south east from Chelsea Bridge towards the power station (the building's fourth chimney was added later) with Grosvenor Bridge before it. The power station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and opened in 1933. Photographed by Stanley W Rawlings. Date range: 1945 - 1955.
Clink Wharf Ltd. AA98_05351
CLINK WHARF LIMITED, Clink Street, St Mary Overy's Dock, Southwark, London. The River Thames in London was lined with wharves into the 1950s. This created a townscape of massive warehouses and narrow streets. Photographed by Eric de Mare during the 1950s.
Castle Acre Priory AFL03_Aeropictorial_6880
CASTLE ACRE PRIORY, Norfolk. Aerial view of the Priory ruins. Photographed by Aeropictorial in April 1946. Aerofilms Collection (see Links).
Power Station AFL03_Aeropictorial_R30695
OCKER HILL POWER STATION, Tipton, Staffordshire. Aerial view of a coal-fired power station with three cooling towers emitting steam. It was opened in 1902 to supply power to the Black Country. It closed in 1977 and the site is occupied by a housing estate built in the 1990s. Photographed by Aeropictorial in 1957. Aerofilms Collection (see Links).
Farmhouse kitchen AA087028
GWENDREATH FARMHOUSE, Grade Ruan, Cornwall. Interior view. Cats warming themselves beside a coal-fired kitchen range. Photographed by John Gay between 1950 and 1965.