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Archive Mysteries Solved

Thanks to your detective work, these and many other mysteries have been solved. Many thanks for your help.

With over nine million photographs in the Historic England Archive, there are many more photos we need your help to identify. Please keep an eye out for more mysteries coming your way... 

Church mysteries

Archive photograph of an aisled church in an Early English style with a tower offset to one side of the centre line.
MYSTERY SOLVED - our thanks to Jeremy for this one. Christ Church, Quay Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire. The image shows the church prior to the addition of the spire in 1859. Photographed onto a paper negative circa 1853. © Historic England Archive CC61/00057

Industrial mysteries

Archive photograph looking across an expanse of water towards the gable end of a brick building in an industrial complex.
MYSTERY SOLVED - our thanks to Toby for this one, and to Nigel for the correction to the street number we had assumed. Warehouse on the River Trent is William Gleadell & Sons, Corn Millers at 90 Bridge Street Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The company appear to have owned two premises on this street - the other one is at number 54. Photographed by Eric de Mare (active 1945-80). © Historic England Archive AA98/05324

Town and village mysteries

Archive black and white photograph of a detached brick and thatched cottage with a large television aerial
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Trevor, Toby and Elizabeth. Nineveh Cottage, Stratford Road, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. It was lived in until the 1980s but was demolished after a fire, and a new house now stands in its place. Photographed between 1945 and 1965 by S W Rawlings. © Historic England Archive AA002203

Other mysteries

Sepia archive photograph of a three storey victorian villa set amongst trees.
Bracken House in Walton on Thames, Surrey. Now identified as 4 Station Avenue, north-east of Walton on Thames railway station (on the corner plot adjacent to Hersham Road). The historic maps of 1886-7 shows two houses with the correct footprint for this property. Neither now survives. The whole site is now occupied by Oakdene Court and the houses on St Vincent's Road. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Company in May 1884. The photographer's daybook records the architect as Richard Norman Shaw. Historic England Archive BL05130
Archive black and white photograph of an upland area with a muddy track running beside a dry-stone wall.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you David. View north-east from the Hayfield area looking towards Kinder Scout, Derbyshire. The Kinder Reservoir (completed 1911-12) now occupies the area in the centre of this image. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway 1896. © Historic England Archive CC025326

Recently Solved Mysteries Gallery

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  • Line-drawn archive illustration showing the interior of a church
  • Archive black and white photograph of a brick and timber water mill viewed from downstream.
  • Sepia archive photograph of a  postmill with six sails and a wooden tower, near ploughed fields.
  • Black and white archive photograph across a waterway to an industrial building of at least four storeys with boats moored in a waterside entry.
  • Sepia archive photograph looking across a river gorge towards a river cliff with an indiustrial complex at its base.
  • Sepia archive photograph looking across a river towards a bridge with an indiustrial complex containing a tall slender tower beyond.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a ground floor window detail in a stone-built mill building.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a timber smock mill.
  • Black and white archive print showing a church interior detail of two openings in a triforium.
  • Black and white archive print of a row of stone houses fronting onto a narrow footpath
  • Sepia archive print of a stone cross perched on the hillside above a rural settlement including a church
  • Sepia archive print of a man standing by the front door of a jettied house
  • Sepia archive stereo prints showing an ornamental lamp in the centre of a town square or market place
  • Archive black and white photograph looking over a village with a ruined stone tower
  • Black and white archive photograph of a four storey mill building.
  • Black and white archive prints showing a development of late Victorian or Edwardian houses
  • Archive black and white photograph looking past a large tree trunk towards a row of cottages.
  • Black and white archive photo of a church tower.
  • Black and white archive photo of a church with a tower.
  • Black and white archive print of a church interior with light streaming in through the windows.
  • Black and white archive photograph of a three storey stone terrace of at least eight houses.
  • Black and white archive photograph of a two storey stone terrace range with roof lights.
  • Black and white archive photograph of a three storey building with a horse and cart and a parked car outside.
  • Black and white archive photograph of three storey buildings and a shop.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a historic stone house with bricked-up windows to the lower floor.
  • Archive black and white photograph along an urban street.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a gateway with ionic pilasters.
  • Archive black and white photograph of cattle grazing in fields with a farm in the background.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a weir on an unidentified watercourse with a derelict mill building just visible on the right hand riverbank.
  • Archive black and white photograph through trees down to a mill complex in a semi rural setting with a settlement on the hill above.
  • Archive black and white photograph of mill chimneys in a valley bottom.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a stone built mill complex.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a stone built mill complex.
  • Archive black and white photograph of an industrial chimney on a hillside with a man in the foreground gesturing towards it.
  • Archive black and white photograph looking along railway lines showing sidings and terraces of houses in the distance.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a castellated industrial building.
  • Archive black and white photograph of mill buildings and a chimney.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a mill chimney and telegraph pole.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a mill complex.
  • Black and white archive photograph of a piece of machinery.
  • Black and white archive photograph looking across the weir towards a mill building and chimney.
  • Black and white archive photograph of a distant riverside building with a tract of water in the foreground and palings intervening, probably to protect sluices.
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