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LMS Last Stop Mysteries

This miscellany of 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.

Last stop mystery 1 - Bradbury Street

Archive black and white photograph looking along an unidentified street lined with three storey buildings, showing people stood outside and children playing in the road.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Anne! Looking southeast along Alma Street, Everton, Liverpool. This whole area south-west of Gregson Street had been cleared by the 1950s and incorporated into the adjoining Whitley Gardens. There are signs on these buildings for Bradbury Street and Georges Terrace. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1920 and 1935. © Historic England Archive CC025284

Last stop mystery 2 - drinking fountain

Archive black and white photograph of a stone drinking fountain in the form of a shell built into a wall.
NEW CLUES: both due to association of the business names and streets. Thomas thinks this may be Midland Station, Derby, since Kelly’s Directory of Derbyshire, 1912 (p.213) records Albert George Elliott as a ladies’ & gentlemen’s tailor at 27 & 28 Victoria Street, Derby. Helen has suggested this may be Oxford Station given Elliot's Brewery had property on Victoria Street, Oxford. We currently have no visual confirmation for either location. Can you help? Drinking fountain and cup dispenser probably at a train station. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in October 1909. © Historic England Archive CC025296

Last stop mystery 3 - Hornchurch?

Archive black and white photograph looking along a road with two thatched cottages.
The register says 'Suburban Street near Hornchurch' - can you track it down? Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1890 and 1910. © Historic England Archive CC79/00445

Last stop mystery 4 - church interior

Archive black and white photograph looking up the aisle of a church.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Toby! Church of St Peter, Mare Fair, Northampton. Interior, showing the zig-zag decoration and ornately carved capitals of the arcades, and the tie-beam roof of the nave. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1880 and 1920. © Historic England Archive DD004413

Last stop mystery 5 - Swanage?

Archive black and white photograph looking over a village with a ruined stone tower.
Can you tell us more about this view? The Register appears to say "Swanage from Hills" but this could not be verified. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1884. © Historic England Archive CC78/00156

Last stop mystery 6 - drawing room

Archive black and white photograph of the interior of an ornate room with fine furniture and paintings on the wall.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Emma, Robert and Toby. This shows the Whistlejacket Room at Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham. The large equestrian painting is of "Whistlejacket" by George Stubbs, which now hangs in the National Gallery, London. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1885 and 1930. © Historic England Archive CC76/00483

Last stop mystery 7 - lost chapel

Archive black and white photograph of a stone chapel set amongst trees.
There is a gardener in shot, but where is he working? This chapel may be on a country estate. There are ivy covered ruins in the foreground. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1880 and 1920. © Historic England Archive DD004397

Last stop mystery 8 - Bamford?

Archive black and white photograph of a village street bounded by stone buildings and walls, with hills rising beyond trees.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby. A dog lying in Main Road, Bamford, Derbyshire. The house visible to the left is now the village Post Office. The buildings to the right have all now gone. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in July 1895. © Historic England Archive CC80/00485

Last stop mystery 9 - railway restaurant

Archive black and white photograph of the interior of a restaurant with an ornate plaster ceiling. There is food on a buffet in the foreground and tables are laid for dinner.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Amanda! This is the Coffee Room of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Hotel, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool. Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1890 and 1910. © Historic England Archive CC025310

Last stop mystery 10 - distinctive church

Archive black and white photograph looking across a churchyard towards a church with blind arcading around the tower and nave and a large stepped buttress at the north-east corner of the tower.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Toby! Church of St Peter, Mare Fair, Northampton. The interior of the same church is shown above (last stop mystery 4). Photographed for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1880 and 1920. © Historic England Archive DD004399
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