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An English Dairy Farm in the 1960s

Posted in Animals, Britain in the 60s, British Countryside, Farming, Historical articles, History, Industry, Nature, Plants on Saturday, 21 November 2015

This attractive and typically optimistic picture of an English Dairy Farm in the 1960s is filled with archetypal imagery associated with a pastoral vision of rural England, especially the notable absence of any technological eyesores and fecund herd of those familiar Holstein Friesian dairy cows.

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Dairy farm, England, 1960s

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Queen Elizabeth I visiting a country house

Posted in Architecture, British Countryside, Country House, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Royalty, Travel on Friday, 20 November 2015

This colourful Shakespearean picture shows a famous spectacle in Tudor England, that of the much-dreaded Royal Elizabethan Progress. Queen Elizabeth would travel with her entourage across country and counties to various ancestral homes of her aristocratic courtiers and ministers, where she expected food, entertainment and intellectual stimulation, a not inconsiderable strain on the purses and imagination of England’s nobility.

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Queen Elizabeth I visiting a country house by Peter Jackson

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Claude Duval and the Lady In The Coach

Posted in Absurd, British Countryside, Famous crimes, Fashion, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Law, Travel on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This oddly amusing and theatrical picture shows the absurd figure of Claude Duval, a womanising dandy and romantic highwayman whose reputation with the ladies went before him, in respect of which, many of his female victims were torn between a sense of outrage at their robbery and infatuation with the gracious and handsome French highwayman who had assailed them.

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Claude Duval and The Lady In The Coach by H M Brock

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Life in the Monasteries

Posted in Architecture, Bible, British Countryside, Education, Famous landmarks, Farming, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Music, Religion on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This marvellous aerial view of a monastery is a deceptively charming picture which carefully shows the layout of the entire monastic complex. It shows such typical and essential features as the Chapter House, cloisters, cellar, infirmary, Misericorde or rest room, along with the kitchen, refectory and dormitory. Outside lies the well and the orchard. We can also see the Abbot’s House on the right, near the fish pond. The mill, of course, sits on the river by the bridge, while the almonry serves as an official building next to the entrance.

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Life in the Monasteries

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An early mediaeval Anglo-Saxon village

Posted in Animals, Architecture, British Countryside, Farming, Historical articles, History, Plants on Thursday, 19 November 2015

This well-researched and detailed picture shows a bird’s-eye view of the agricultural layout of an Anglo-Saxon village. Strip-farming methods are clearly shown, along with the market place and a Village Cross. The Lord of the Manor’s house sits in an imposing compound surrounded by a high fence, which both protects and reinforces the social significance of property and land ownership so evident in this revealing image.

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Anglo-Saxon village

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A mediaeval Anglo-Norman village

Posted in Architecture, British Countryside, Castles, Farming, Geography, Historical articles, History, Invasions on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Our carefully researched picture is a bird’s-eye view of a riverside Anglo-Norman village as it might have appeared sometime after the Domesday Book was compiled by order of William the Conqueror. We see the dominant castle, the largely Anglo-Saxon church and the already familiar appearance of the English manor house. These, along with the thatched village houses and the distant windmill, are elements of domestic and agricultural architecture which form the pattern of rural English building for a millennium.

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A mediaeval Anglo-Norman village by Dan Escott

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A typical English Garage in the 1960s

Posted in British Countryside, British Towns, Cars, Children, Historical articles, History, Trade, Transport, Travel on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Our colourful and charming picture shows a typical English Garage in the 1960s, and contains many details redolent of the time and full of retro-charm. These include the AA logo on a sign, the Brand heads on the petrol pumps and of course the classic cars on the forecourt.

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A typical English Garage in the 1960s

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The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 96

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Countryside, Children, Customs, Dance, Historical articles, History, Leisure, London, Music, Religion, The Illustrated Times, War on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows a young family in financial difficulties with the rent.

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Early Struggles by T Brooks

The second picture shows Sergeant Kite at the Public-House Bar recruiting in King Street, Westminster.

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Recruiting in King-Street, Westminster, Sergeant Kite at the Public-House Bar by D H Friston

The third picture shows a Carnival Procession at Barcelona.

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Carnival Procession at Barcelona by Cosson Smeeton

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 79

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Countryside, Customs, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Institutions, Law, London, Music, Politics, The Illustrated Times on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows the bell cast for the clock-tower of the new Houses of Parliament.

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Bell cast for the clock-tower of the new Houses of Parliament, later known as Big Ben

The second picture shows Beefeaters searching the Vaults preparatory to the Assembling of Parliament.

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Searching the Vaults Preparatory to the Assembling of Parliament

The third picture shows a gang of convicts at work at Dartmoor.

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Gang of Convicts at Work at Dartmoor

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, 71

Posted in Architecture, Best pictures, British Countryside, Country House, Exploration, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Royalty, The Illustrated Times, Travel on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from ‘The Illustrated Times’, a nineteenth-century illustrated newspaper and rich source of remarkable engravings.
The first picture shows Dr Kane and the companions of his Arctic Expedition.

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Dr Kane and the Companions of his Arctic Expedition

The second picture shows the Tomb of Soudja Daolat, Delhi.

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The Tomb of Soudja Daolat, Delhi

The third picture shows the arrival of Queen Victoria at Aston Hall.

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The Arrival of Her Majesty at Aston Hall

High-resolution scans of all the illustrations from ‘The Illustrated Times’ (London 1855-1866) can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.