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.
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The Guardian 28 November 2016
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
Ward 6 at Leeds General Infirmary in 1895.