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Victorian Collection

Step back in time to the Victorian era, where heroism and bravery were celebrated

Background imageVictorian Collection: The pier at Lytham St Annes N990008

The pier at Lytham St Annes N990008
LYTHAM ST ANNES, Lancashire. The pier at Lytham St Annes, viewed here at sunset. First built in 1885 and subsequently remodelled, it is made of conventional iron column with a lattice girder design

Background imageVictorian Collection: Crossness Pumping Station DP183400

Crossness Pumping Station DP183400
Crossness Sewage Treatment Works, Crossness Pumping Station, Bazalgette Way, Erith Marshes, Bexley, Greater London. Interior view of the pumping station

Background imageVictorian Collection: Pedestrian Subway, Crystal Palace Parade DP232791

Pedestrian Subway, Crystal Palace Parade DP232791
Crystal Palace Parade, Crystal Palace, Bromley and Southwark, Greater London. Byzantine-style vaulting in red and cream brick and chequered floors in alternating stone

Background imageVictorian Collection: Liskeard and Caradon Railway. Disused trackway near Cheesewring Quarry, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

Liskeard and Caradon Railway. Disused trackway near Cheesewring Quarry, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Around 1920
A walking party, warmly wrapped in outdoor clothing (including trilby hats), taking a break on the old Liskeard to Caradon railway track

Background imageVictorian Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire

Background imageVictorian Collection: The Goose Fair, Nottingham- Arthur Spooner

The Goose Fair, Nottingham- Arthur Spooner

Background imageVictorian Collection: OXFORD: ST. JOHNs COLLEGE. Lithograph, c1885

OXFORD: ST. JOHNs COLLEGE. Lithograph, c1885

Background imageVictorian Collection: Steep Street Bristol OP08887

Steep Street Bristol OP08887
The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 1866. John Hill Morgan (b 1833), platinum print. This view was recorded five years before Steep Street, curving away to the left

Background imageVictorian Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
The Man Engine at 234 fathoms level below adit, in 1893. The man engine went down to the 314 fathom level. Miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others stand on solars or

Background imageVictorian Collection: St Pancras Hotel DD59_00075

St Pancras Hotel DD59_00075
ST PANCRAS HOTEL (or Midland Grand Hotel), Camden, London. St Pancras Hotel was built to the Italianate Gothic designs of Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1868-74

Background imageVictorian Collection: Crystal Palace CC97_01549

Crystal Palace CC97_01549
CRYSTAL PALACE, Sydenham, London. A view of the palace from the south east looking over the grounds (late 19th century). It was built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park

Background imageVictorian Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
The Man Engine at 234 fathoms level below adit, in 1893. The man engine went down to the 314 fathom level. Miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others stand on solars or

Background imageVictorian Collection: Tower Bridge under construction a83_01325

Tower Bridge under construction a83_01325
TOWER BRIDGE, London. The bridge under construction around 1889. This picture was taken from the River Thames with shipping in the foreground

Background imageVictorian Collection: Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057

Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Darwin Heirlooms Trust. " Charles Darwin " 1840. Chalk and water-colour drawing by George Richmond (1809-96)

Background imageVictorian 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 imageVictorian Collection: ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL (1806-1859). English engineer

ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL (1806-1859). English engineer. Brunel before the Great Eastern steamships braking drum chains, which lowered the ship from the slip for launching: photograph, 1857

Background imageVictorian 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 imageVictorian Collection: Charles Darwin K980123

Charles Darwin K980123
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Portrait of Charles Darwin c 1880

Background imageVictorian Collection: USA, New Jersey, Cape May, Victorian houses along Beach Avenue

USA, New Jersey, Cape May, Victorian houses along Beach Avenue

Background imageVictorian Collection: Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891

Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891
In 1889 the GWR began operating a steamship service to the Channel Islands. This poster shows the GWRs TSS Ibex, leaving harbour at Guernsey on its route across the Channel

Background imageVictorian Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893. Group of Cornish miners at rest at the 310 level

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893. Group of Cornish miners at rest at the 310 level
Cornish miners at Croust time, at the 310 level. Miners enjoying their croust, having performed the first part of the days labour

Background imageVictorian Collection: Queen Victoria in 1897 D880039

Queen Victoria in 1897 D880039
OSBORNE HOUSE, Isle of Wight. The Ryde Album. Queen Victoria in the dress she wore to St Pauls Cathedral for her Jubilee thanksgiving service in 1897

Background imageVictorian Collection: Leeds Corn Exchange A41_00232

Leeds Corn Exchange A41_00232
CORN EXCHANGE, Leeds. An interior detail of the domed roof of the Corn Exchange in Duncan Street showing the clock. The iron-framed dome rises to a height of 75 feet above the floor

Background imageVictorian Collection: Charles Darwin and his son N990002

Charles Darwin and his son N990002
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Daguerreotype photograph of Charles Darwin and his eldest son, William Erasmus Darwin - 1842

Background imageVictorian Collection: Smithfield Market J940533

Smithfield Market J940533
SMITHFIELD MARKET, City of London. Interior view of Grand Avenue with red K2 and K6 type telephone kiosks

Background imageVictorian Collection: Antique map, Liverpool and Birkenhead, England, 19th Century

Antique map, Liverpool and Birkenhead, England, 19th Century
Vintage engraving of a Antique map, Liverpool and Birkenhead, England, 19th Century

Background imageVictorian Collection: Tower of London & Tower Bridge 21766_20

Tower of London & Tower Bridge 21766_20
TOWER OF LONDON, TOWER BRIDGE & GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY BUILDING, London. Aerial view. The new Greater London Authority offices, designed by Foster & Partners, 1998-2002

Background imageVictorian Collection: Central Railway Station, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1884. BL12764

Central Railway Station, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1884. BL12764
CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. A steam train passing through the station in 1884. Bedford Lemere

Background imageVictorian Collection: Antique map, Scotland, Jura, Mull, Argyll, Islay 19th Century

Antique map, Scotland, Jura, Mull, Argyll, Islay 19th Century
Vintage engraving of a Antique map, Scotland, Jura, Mull, Argyll, Islay 19th Century

Background imageVictorian Collection: Wylam Dilly, with its sister locomotive Puffing Billy, is the

Wylam Dilly, with its sister locomotive Puffing Billy, is the earliest surviving locomotive in the world. Wylam Dilly was built by the inventor and colliery official

Background imageVictorian Collection: Highclere Castle CC72_01054

Highclere Castle CC72_01054
HIGHCLERE CASTLE, Highclere, Hampshire. The exterior of the largest mansion in Hampshire from the north-east. An Elizabethan-style remodelling of an earlier classical mansion by Sir Charles Barry in

Background imageVictorian Collection: Eastgate Street, Chester, c1890s

Eastgate Street, Chester, c1890s
This image comes from a Photochrom carriage print used by the Great Western Railway in the late 1800s. The picture shows a view of the historic timber-frame buildings in the centre of Chester

Background imageVictorian Collection: Barnacles K970315

Barnacles K970315
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Plate I " Balanus Tintinnabulum" showing barnacles from " A Monograph on the Sub Class Cirripedia" by Charles Darwin

Background imageVictorian Collection: Sargent - Margaret Hyde, Countess of Suffolk J020044

Sargent - Margaret Hyde, Countess of Suffolk J020044
KENWOOD HOUSE, London. " Margaret Hyde, 19th Countess of Suffolk " ( Daisy, nee Leiter), 1898 by John Singer SARGENT (1856-1925)

Background imageVictorian Collection: The wreck of the collier Bessie, with all that remains of the wrecked Vulture in the surf beyond

The wreck of the collier Bessie, with all that remains of the wrecked Vulture in the surf beyond, Carbis Bay, Lelant
A view of the Bessie wrecked at Carbis Bay, broadside to the surf, with the machinery of the Vulture beyond. SS Bessie (ON 49984) was an iron three masted brigantine rigged steamer of 287 tons gross

Background imageVictorian Collection: Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s

Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Cadgwith harbour with fishermen, fishing boats and a tucking net full of pilchards. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageVictorian Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
Under-hand stoping at the 170 level. The miner on the left is using a pick while to his right two pares are boring holes for blasting

Background imageVictorian Collection: Fingerprint types, 17th century

Fingerprint types, 17th century
Fingerprint types. 19th-century artwork showing three of the fingerprint types (arch, loop and whorl) identified by British scientist Francis Galton (1822-1911), who wrote on the subject from 1888

Background imageVictorian Collection: British Empire world map, 19th century

British Empire world map, 19th century
British Empire world map. This world map shows the 19th-century British Empire (pink) and its indigenous peoples. Five illustrations (clockwise from upper left) show the people of Australia

Background imageVictorian Collection: St Pancras Station 1895 CC73_02377

St Pancras Station 1895 CC73_02377
ST PANCRAS STATION, Camden, London. An interior view of St Pancras Station, looking down on the platforms which are busy with commuters

Background imageVictorian Collection: Engine House, GWR Works, Swindon BB94_04685

Engine House, GWR Works, Swindon BB94_04685
THE ENGINE HOUSE, Great Western Railway Works, Swindon, Wiltshire. 1846 interior view. Lithograph by John Cooke Bourne (1814-1896)

Background imageVictorian Collection: Malmesbury BB95_10457

Malmesbury BB95_10457
MARKET SQUARE, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. A rooftop view looking over Market Square, showing the market cross (c.1500) and the abbey ruins

Background imageVictorian Collection: The Royal Albert Hall K991017

The Royal Albert Hall K991017
THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, London. View of the concert hall at night

Background imageVictorian Collection: Bargate, Southampton CC39_00472

Bargate, Southampton CC39_00472
BARGATE, Southampton, Hampshire. Exterior view looking south through the medieval gatehouse at the northern entrance to the town. Workmen pose with their cart in front of the gate

Background imageVictorian 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 imageVictorian Collection: Charles Darwin K970214

Charles Darwin K970214
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Portrait of Charles Darwin c1880

Background imageVictorian Collection: Alfred Russel Wallace K960210

Alfred Russel Wallace K960210
DOWN HOUSE, Kent. Historic photograph of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). Wallace was a proponent of natural selection whose paper on the subject (1858)

Background imageVictorian 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



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Step back in time to the Victorian era, where heroism and bravery were celebrated. In a bustling city, a heroic fireman fearlessly rushes into a burning building to rescue a young girl trapped inside. His selflessness embodies the spirit of this remarkable era. Meanwhile, Billy The Rat Catcher roams the streets with his trusty companions, tirelessly working to rid neighborhoods of vermin. With his sharp wit and nimble fingers, he ensures that no rat is left uncaught. In Nottingham's Goose Fair, Arthur Spooner delights visitors with his mesmerizing tricks and illusions. The air is filled with laughter as children marvel at his sleight of hand and adults are transported into a world of wonder. Deep underground in Dolcoath Mine in Camborne, Cornwall, miners toil away in dangerous conditions for hours on end. Their perseverance reflects the indomitable spirit of the Victorian workforce. Steep Street Bristol stands tall as an architectural masterpiece from this period. Its narrow lanes wind through history, revealing glimpses of life during these bygone times. The grandeur of St Pancras Hotel captivates all who enter its doors. With its opulent interiors and exquisite design, it symbolizes the elegance that defined Victorian luxury. Barnacles K970315 showcases intricate craftsmanship through delicate porcelain figurines adorning mantelpieces across England. These ornate pieces serve as reminders of an age when attention to detail was paramount. Crystal Palace CC97_01549 transports us to London's iconic exhibition hall where wonders from around the globe were showcased under one roof. It epitomizes Britain's thirst for knowledge and exploration during this transformative era. Queen Victoria herself graces our presence in 1897 D880039 - her regal poise capturing hearts worldwide as she reigns over an empire spanning continents and cultures alike. The Tower Bridge standing proudly next to the historic Tower of London (21766_20) reminds us of the architectural marvels that emerged during this period.