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Small Collections

We have recently catalogued three small collections, all recent acquisitions, and all date from the 1860s. The similarities end there, but as they say...

Variety's the very spice of life

William Cowper (1785)

LAT01 - Lucas and Tuck Collection

This collection contains two photographic prints showing work to enlarge the Limehouse Basin in Tower Hamlets, London. The photographs were taken on the 13th May 1869. Built by the Regent’s Canal Company, and opened in 1820, the Limehouse Basin was originally known as Regent’s Canal Dock. Coal passed through the dock and was transported along the Regent’s Canal.

Archive sepia photograph looking towards a construction site. A pentice leads out over a brick-built facing wall to timber piles near the waters' edge.
Limehouse Basin, Tower Hamlets, London, during construction works. Photographed by Lucas and Tuck, May 1869. © Historic England Archive LAT01/001/01
Archive sepia photograph looking towards an excavation site. Three men stand on a slender wooden bridge between an earthen bank and a very tall brick built wall with a crane on top. Over the earthen bank are the prows of series of moored sailing ships.  Two further men stand amid the debris of excavation in the large space at the foot of the bridge.
Limehouse Basin, Tower Hamlets, London, during construction works. Photographed by Lucas and Tuck, May 1869. © Historic England Archive LAT01/001/02

WSW01 ‘The Loved Haunts of Cowper’ by William S Wright

This book, published in 1867, contains eighteen photographic prints showing early views of Olney and Weston Underwood in Buckinghamshire. The photographs relate to buildings and places associated with the poet William Cowper (1731-1800), who lived for several years in this area.  Cowper was one of the best-known poets of his time. He also wrote several well-known hymns.

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform...

William Cowper (1779)
Archive sepia illustration showing a portrait head of a man in Georgian costume in a decorative cartouche.
A portrait of William Cowper (1731-1800). Photographed in 1867 by William Samuel Wright. © Historic England Archive WSW01/001/02

I am monarch of all I survey...

William Cowper (1782)
Archive sepia photograph looking along a garden path leading to a small stone-tiled outhouse.
The summerhouse in the garden where Cowper is believed to have written many of his poems. Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Milton Keynes. Photographed in 1867 by William Samuel Wright. © Historic England Archive WSW01/001/03

God made the country and man made the town

William Cowper (1785)

JHA02 – The Abbey and Palace of Westminster

This book, published in 1869, contains some of the earliest and best interior photographs of Westminster Abbey, alongside exterior views of the Abbey and Palace.

Archive sepia photograph looking at the side of a church with highly detailed Perpendicular decoration. There are piles of scaffolding poles, earth and stone on the pavement in the foreground.
Exterior of Henry VII's chapel, Westminster Abbey, London. Photographs by John Harrington, 1869. © Historic England Archive JHA02/001/06
Archive sepia photograph looking down a vaulted aisle towards a distant window in a large church.
Interior view looking along the south aisle, Westminster Abbey, London. Photographs published by John Harrington, 1869. © Historic England Archive JHA02/001/10
Archive sepia photograph looking down towards monuments and memorials in an enclosed area within a large church.
Chapel Of St Paul, Westminster Abbey, London. Photographs published by John Harrington, 1869. © Historic England Archive JHA02/001/17
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