I bought some old engravings at auction, a large lot of London around 1828, and also historic buildings ( old castles and the like) of Scotland from the 1790s. There a small number of other UK locations. Before photography this was how places were illustrated, how people learnt about geography, or at least those who had access to books. Speaking of books. A particularly interesting building with a wonderful name that I knew nothing about previously was the ‘Temple of the Muses’, once on Finsbury Square, London.
It was the largest and cheapest bookshop in London (and presumably the country) selling around 1 million books a year. Unfortunately the building burnt down in 1841.
I’ve added a gallery of these old images on the homepage of Geography Photos – see what you can find, and what you can learn about life in the past, how accurate do you think the portrayals are?
A man using a chainsaw to cut up a huge log. What is being made here at the Salix Sawmill in Suffolk? Have a guess!
Find the answer by browsing the new gallery on the homepage of GeographyPhotos.
Were you correct with your guess?
This gold sun disc is from Jug’s grave, Monkton Farleigh near Bath, dated to 2400 BC not long after the first sarsen stones were erected at Stonehenge.
I have added a new gallery to my homepage of images from the fantastic Wiltshire museum, Devizes. If you are ever down that way it is strongly recommended as a small museum with wonderfully presented archaeological finds of global significance.
Browse through the images here.
All images with the permission of Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, England, UK.
This was Ipswich Wet Dock in March 1994. I was teaching geography at that time and used to organise field trips for students to study the land use of the area based on them creating plans for how it could be redeveloped. It was still a working dock back then though change was evident as old industries closed and new uses emerged.
This is from January 2018. A total transformation! But it’s interesting to see how some of the old building shapes have been retained in the current designs.
Very pleasing to have a sale of this picture reported yesterday because it is such a popular subject. It is a major tourist attraction and I was quite fortunate in finding just one boat and to be able wait until it swept around forming a pleasing arc to improve the composition. Many of the other images available either did not have a boat, or had too many boats, or simply a less pleasing – and simple- composition. The boat gives scale to emphasise the real size of the natural arch and limestone cliffs.
The picture has been licensed for use in travel promotion.
At Bawdsey, Suffolk, England the shingle beach has moved inshore, the lagoon has been reduced in size, and beach sediment has accumulated next to the coastal defence flood barrier. The beach is now several metres above the land on the other side of the flood defence wall. A beach is often the best defence against waves but in this case there is such a smooth gradient that in storm conditions the profile will take water up and over the defences. The co-incidence of high tide, low pressure and strong easterly winds could lead to a serious breach here.