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Home Counties Mysteries

In Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire some photo mysteries have come to light that we need your help to solve. If you know this part of the world you might well recognise some of these. We also still have some Unsolved mysteries from Amersham.

If you can identify a place, or spot a clue that might help our cataloguers, please contact us with the details via email: canyouhelp@HistoricEngland.org.uk

Bric-a-brac shop, Hertfordshire AA080317

Archive black and white photograph of an entryway lined with a variety of large items including pennyfarthing bicycles and wooden furniture.
NEW CLUE: Thank you Jo! Is this on George Street in St Albans? A bric-a-brac shop housed in a carriage arch and courtyard, Hertfordshire. Photographed by John Gay, probably 1956. © Historic England Archive AA080317

Bungalows, Hertfordshire AA080309

Archive black and white photograph of bungalows set in large front gardens.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby and Anne. Broadview, 8 Great North Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire. It is still there but has changed significantly over the years. Photographed by John Gay 1955-1965. © Historic England Archive AA080309

Church Tower, Hertfordshire AA076187

Archive black and white photograph of  a church tower viewed through the branches of a tree.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby! The flint tower of St Larence's Church, Abbots Langlet, Hertfordshire. Photographed by John Gay in 1972. © Historic England Archive AA076187

Cottages, Berkshire AA089852

Archive black and white photograph looking past a large tree trunk towards a row of cottages.
Cottages on a road in Berkshire. Photographed by John Gay 1950s-1960s. © Historic England Archive AA089852

House with blinds down, Buckinghamshire AA090089

Archive black and white photograph of a large house with two projecting bays and decorative tiling on the first floor and gables.
House, Buckinghamshire. Photographed in the 1950s by John Gay. This image was originally housed in an envelope labelled "Bucks - Bury Farm; Chesham; Melville; Hazlehunt; Latymer; Anthea lowerfield (?)". © Historic England Archive AA090089

House near Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire BB98/05467

Archive black and white photograph of the front elevation of an isolated house with a paling fence.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby! Home Farm, Castle Street, Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire. The photographer is standing at the junction of Swan Lane. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Sons between 1896 and 1920. © Historic England Archive BB98/05467

House or Lodge near Reading, Berkshire BL06547

Archive black and white photograph of a Victorian era villa with a distinctive porch.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby! Cressingham Park, near Reading, Berkshire. Photographed in June 1886 by Bedford Lemere and Company. The architect is listed as T F Mullett and the image was taken for the owner of Cressingham Park. © Historic England Archive BL06547

Large house with fanlight above door, Hertfordshire AA080312

Archive black and white photograph of a distinctive Georgian style doorway beyond the base of a large tree.
A large brick building in Hertfordshire. Quite distinctive with a first floor venetian window with multipane sashes and raised keystones, and a similar styled entrance doorway beneath with a semicircular fanlight. Photographed by John Gay 1955-1965. © Historic England Archive AA080312

Street scene, Buckinghamshire AA090090

Archive black and white photograph of a flagpole in a village street with bunting.
Unidentified street scene, Buckinghamshire. Photographed in the 1950s by John Gay. This image was originally housed in an envelope labelled "Bucks - Bury Farm; Chesham; Melville; Hazlehunt; Latymer; Anthea lowerfield (?)". © Historic England Archive AA090090

Villa interior, Sandhurst, Berkshire BL06585

Archive black and white photograph of a large furnished room with a first floor gallery leading to stairs.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Philip. Eagle House, Crowthorne Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire. The building is home to Eagle House School. Photographed in July 1886 by Bedford Lemere and Company. The architect is listed as W Hale. © Historic England Archive BL06585
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