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London Midland and Scottish Railway Collection Mysteries

Cataloguing of the photographic collection of the London Midland and Scottish Railway is now complete, but a number of items have been tricky to identify. Where registers exist the information can be vague or misleading. Can you help?

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

LMS Mystery 1 - Crewe?

Black and white archive photograph of the exterior of a large four storey brick-built building with an untended garden in the foreground.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby. The former Ursuline convent and school fronting Nantwich Road, Crewe. The building, dating from c.1910, was subsequently used as a Police training college before being converted into apartments. The building looks relatively new, but appears to be unoccupied because the garden looks untended. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1910 and 1922. Historic England Archive DD004409

LMS Mystery 2 - Which Broome?

Black and white archive photograph of the exterior of timber-framed cottages.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Toby. Cottages in Mill Lane, Broom, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. The cottage in the foreground had been demolished by 1903. A photograph taken by W Jerome Harrison in circa 1885 showing the same view featured as part of the BBC Radio 3 series 'The Five Photographs that (You Didn't Know) Changed Everything'. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in July 1888. Historic England Archive CC80/00285

LMS Mystery 3 - Club house?

Black and white archive photograph of the exterior of a two-storey building partially clad with timber.
Men and women relaxing in the sunshine outside a club house or sports club, with a tennis court on the lawn. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1896 or 1897. Historic England Archive DD004421

LMS Mystery 4 - Country house

Black and white archive print of the exterior of a large country house with terraced gardens and a statue.
MYSTERY SOLVED: THank you Chris! Park Hotel, East Cliff, Preston, viewed from Miller Park. The former railway hotel is now offices for Lancashire County Council. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1880 and 1900. Historic England Archive DD004419

LMS Mystery 5 - Horwich?

Black and white archive photograph of the exterior of a two-storey part-timbered building on the corner of two roads. In the foreground are tramlines in the road and there are overhead wires.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Toby and "Gravel Path, Berko". The Lancashire and Yorkshire Arms at the corner of Chorley New Road and Gooch Street, Horwich, Greater Manchester. Originally planned as a public house, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Arms was never granted a licence for the sale of alcohol. Instead it served as a cafe and restaurant, known to many simply as 'The Cafe'. It was demolished in 1972, but the building visible to the rear was the L & Y Cafe Dining Rooms, which still stand. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1890 and 1922. Historic England Archive CC025301

LMS Mystery 6 - Gatehouse

Black and white archive photograph looking along a road towards the ruins of an unidentified gatehouse and wall with a traceried window at an upper level.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Peter. Dunfermline Palace gatehouse, Scotland. No wonder we couldn't find it in England! Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1885 and 1920. Historic England Archive CC78/00259

LMS Mystery 7 - Bridge

Black and white archive photograph of a rvier and a bridge with three round arches.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Toby. Grindleford Bridge, Derbyshire Dales. Looking from the south-west showing the bridge carrying the B6521 over the River Derwent. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1900 and 1910. Historic England Archive CC76/00565

LMS Mystery 8 - Confectioner

Black and white archive photograph of a man and a young boy standing outside a shop
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you David! The premises of J. S. Whale, wholesale confectioner. No.13A Poplar High Street, Tower Hamlets, London. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1890 and 1910. Historic England Archive CC76/00568

LMS Mystery 9 - Plymouth?

Black and white archive photograph of a timber footbridge over a road through woodland.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thanks Toby. We think this is the bridge carrying the Lee Moor Tramway over Plymbridge Road, just south of Plym Bridge, City of Plymouth. It is recorded in the original register of negatives as 'Plymouth, Old Trestle Bridge'. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in July 1893. Historic England Archive CC76/00588

LMS Mystery 10 - Karrier showroom?

Black and white archive photograph of a halftone print showing the exterior of a two-storey building with large plate glass windows on a street corner.
Showroom, Huddersfield. The building may be part of the Karrier Works site on the south side of the River Colne, although its function and exact location have not been identified. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1920 and 1930. Historic England Archive CC025363
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