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England's Maritime Heritage from the Air

Front cover of England's Maritime Heritage from the Air

Hardback by Peter Waller


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England has a long and involved relationship with the sea. It has provided a final line of defence against invasion, global trading routes, the source of a bountiful harvest of fish and seafood that has sustained the population, the essential links in the empire that saw Britain emerge as the world's first 'Great Power', and, more recently, it has fostered the leisure industry. For many, the sea was to provide their final view of their homeland as emigration took them to far-flung corners of the world, while for others, perhaps fleeing religious or political persecution, the sea offered them a route to safety.

For almost a century the photographers from the Aerofilms company recorded Britain from the air. Alongside the photographs taken of the great castles and abbeys of the country, the views also recorded industrial and commercial activity - including the docks and ports that were an essential part in maintaining Britain's place in the world.

In this book, Peter Waller has delved through the collection of Aerofilms photographs held by Historic England to explore the country's maritime heritage. Selecting 151 images, the author looks at how the docks and ports have evolved since the years immediately after World War I, how traditional patterns of trade have changed, how the Royal Navy has shrunk and how the leisure industry has come to dominate.


  • Introduction
  • Major ports and harbours
  • Smaller ports
  • Shipyards, ship breakers and ancillary industries
  • Port development
  • Royal Navy
  • Famous ships
  • Ferry terminals
  • Fishing ports
  • Maritime leisure
  • The downside

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £35.00
  • Series: Illustrated History
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Hardback
  • Physical Size: 219 x 276 mm
  • Pages: 320
  • Illustration: 151, black & white and colour
  • ISBN: 9781848022980


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England's Maritime Heritage from the Air image gallery

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  • Aerial view of Queen Square and Floating Harbour, Bristol
  • Aerial view of Albert Dock and Pier Head, Liverpool
  • Aerial view of Teignmouth and harbour
  • Aerial view of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
  • Aerial view of Portsmouth and harbour
  • Aerial view of HMS Victory
  • Aerial view of HMY Britannia
  • Spithead Review
  • Aerial view of Cutty Sark and HMS Worcester
  • Aerial view of paddle steamer moored at Victoria Pier, Hull
  • Aerial view of Mevagissey and harbour
  • Aerial view of Needles lighthouse

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