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Unsolved Archive Mysteries

You've been a great help solving our archive mysteries so far. Here are a few photos that we're still struggling with. Hopefully your super-sleuthing will save the day.

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.

Church mystery

Archive photograph of a small church or chapel, extended at one end.
Unidentified church with a bell turret, thought to be in Lincolnshire. Photographed 1896-1920 by Alfred Newton and Son. © Historic England Archive AA98/04035

War memorial mystery

Archive photograph showing a distinctive stone-built war memorial. Plaques are visible on two sides.
A First World War memorial in an unidentified location. Built of coursed stone, topped with a small cross and with plaques on at least two sides. Writing on the plaques is too indistinct to make out. 1919 - 1929. G Farthing War Memorials Collection. Historic England Archive FAR01/01/224.

Pub mysteries

The Princess of Wales

Archive sepia photograph of a brick built public house on a street corner.
Princess of Wales. Apart from its name, the location of this pub is a mystery. It is one of a series of Watneys pubs recorded by photographers H and R Stiles in the 1880s and 1890s. Historic England Archive AL2389/051/01

The Ship

Archive sepia photograph of a brick built public house on a street corner.
The Ship. Apart from its name, the location of this pub is a mystery. It is one of a series of Watneys pubs recorded by photographers H and R Stiles in the 1880s and 1890s. Historic England Archive AL2389/028/01

The William the Fourth

Archive sepia photograph of a whitewashed brick public house with a ground floor extension to the front.
William the Fourth. Apart from its name, the location of this pub is a mystery. It is one of a series of Watneys pubs recorded by photographers H and R Stiles in the 1880s and 1890s. Historic England Archive AL2389/018/01

The Globe

Archive sepia photograph of a brick built public house with stone cladding on a street corner.
The Globe. NEW CLUE - Is this on Mile End Road, London E1, next to Stepney Green Station? It is one of a series of Watneys pubs recorded by photographers H and R Stiles in the 1880s and 1890s. Historic England Archive AL2389/036/01

Suburban villa mysteries

Somewhere in the Kingston upon Thames area...

Archive black and white photograph showing a new-looking two-storey house with a drive and gate piers.
An unidentified house with a circular drive in Kingston upon Thames. Photographed 1909 by Bedford Lemere and Company for E Palser. Historic England Archive BL20686

Do you know the Amersham area?

Then perhaps you'll recognise one of these next three villas, thought to be built by architects Swan and Norman.

Amersham Mystery 1

Archive black and white photograph of a two storey house with threee chimney stacks.
The entrance facade of an unidentified house with hipped tile roof, likely to be in the Amersham area of Buckinghamshire and possibly built by the architects Swan and Norman. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Company in May 1920. Historic England Archive BL24943/002

Amersham Mystery 2

Archive black and white photograph of a two storey house with two chimney stacks.
The entrance facade of an unidentified house with distinctive porch, likely to be in the Amersham area of Buckinghamshire and possibly built by the architects Swan and Norman. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Company in May 1920. Historic England Archive BL24943/003

Amersham Mystery 3

Archive black and white photograph of a two storey brick-built house with two chimney stacks.
An unidentified brick three-bay house with distinctive door hood and porch, likely to be in the Amersham area of Buckinghamshire and possibly built by the architects Swan and Norman. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Company in May 1920. Historic England Archive BL24943/004
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