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Landscape Mysteries

All of these landscape views are from the London Midland and Scottish Railway photographic collection. Cataloguing 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.

Landscape Mystery 1 - Derbyshire Valley?

Archive black and white photograph of a rural valley with a railway line running through the centre.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby! A view looking north west just below Hathersage Booths showing the Manchester-Sheffield railway line, the village of Hathersage and the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1926. © Historic England Archive CC80/00051

Landscape Mystery 2 - Bamford Bridge?

Archive black and white photograph of a three-arch bridge over a river.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby! Mytham Bridge carrying the Hathersage Road over the River Derwent, south of Bamford, High Peak, Derbyshire. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1897. © Historic England Archive CC79/00368

Landscape Mystery 3 - Thames Quay?

Archive black and white photograph of men standing on the bank of a river, next to a number of barges, with an iron bridge visible in the distance.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby. Barges and a lighter moored at St Helena Wharf, Richmond upon Thames. The wharf is now known as Riverside and is adjacent to a pub now called The White Cross. The bridge in the distance downstream is Richmond Railway Bridge. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1890. © Historic England Archive CC79/00517

Landscape Mystery 4 - Derbyshire Village?

Black and white archive photograph of a village set in a rural valley.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby! The village of Hathersage and the Manchester-Sheffield railway line viewed from Sheffield Road, Derbyshire. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1926. © Historic England Archive CC80/00062

Landscape Mystery 5 - Shropshire Valley?

Archive black and white photograph of a rural valley with pathways running up the centre.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby. A view looking east along the Batch Valley towards All Stretton, Shropshire, with Nover’s Hill rising to the right and Caer Caradoc Hill in the distance. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway 1895 - 1897. © Historic England Archive CC025259

Landscape Mystery 6 - Derbyshire Hills?

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

Landscape Mystery 7 - Whitney Bridge?

Archive black and white photograph of a man standing on a path looking towards a bridge, partly constructed in stone but with a central timber section.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thanks to Katie, Louise and Toby! Whitney Toll Bridge crossing the River Wye, Herefordshire. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway 1885-1900. © Historic England Archive DD004391

Landscape Mystery 8 - Viaduct

Archive black and white photograph of a small group of women at the edge of a body of water, with a horse-drawn cart travelling along the road and a five-arch viaduct in the distance.
Unidentified location. The body of water in the foreground may be a river or lake. The adjoining road, nearby viaduct and distant hill may offer some extra clues. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway 1890-1910. © Historic England Archive DD004394

Landscape Mystery 9 - Coastal hotel

Archive black and white photograph with a stony beach in the foreground and a hotel atop low cliffs, with a promenade or sea wall in front.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you David! Colwyn Bay Hotel, Denbighshire, Wales. We can see the truncated Promenade which at the time of the photograph ended outside the hotel. The Promenade was subsequently extended along the seafront past the railway station and pier. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway 1880-1920. © Historic England Archive DD004395

Landscape Mystery 10 - Parkland

Archive black and white photograph with a stream or river in the foreground, parkland and a large house nestled amongst the trees in the distance.
Unidentified location, possibly a country estate. The line of hills in the background and the house with a square tower might offer some clues. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway 1896 - 1897. © Historic England Archive DD004418
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