Monday, November 28, 2016

Lost England - It Ain't Downton Abbey


Images of 19th- and 20th-century England show reality of rotting houses and poverty as well as grand old buildings. Philip Davies, an architectural historian, spent seven years trawling through the photographs, compiling the best 1,500 into a 558-page book entitled Lost England.

Photos of historical England ‘challenge Downton Abbey myth’

Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1920. The town hall, in the middle, was demolished in 1973. 
 
Birmingham Small Arms Company, 1917 
 
Shoe cleaners in Liverpool 
 
Mechanised farming in Hellidon, Northamptonshire, in 1902
 
Ironmongers of Maidenhead, Berkshire, 1900 
 
Children in a country lane in Dinton, Buckinghamshire in 1904
 
Southport Opera House c1900. It was destroyed by fire in 1921 
 
The construction of Manchester ship canal in 1889 
 
The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, in 1866 
 
The Picture House, Liverpool, in 1912. It is now under threat of demolition 
 
Travelling musicians with monkey in Taplow in Buckinghamshire in 1885 
 
The flooded Lake Street in New Hinksey, Oxfordshire in 1890.
 
Women working at Cellular Clothing Company Ltd in Swindon, Wiltshire in 1902 
 

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