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Builders Collection

Builders have been an integral part of history, shaping communities and leaving their mark on the world

Background imageBuilders Collection: Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911

Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911
Warehouse being built for HTP (Hosken, Trevithick and Polkinhorn), who were agricultural and grain merchants. View of the frame of the building with scaffolding and gangs of workers

Background imageBuilders Collection: Blacksmiths outside their forge

Blacksmiths outside their forge
A superb photograph of six Blacksmiths and coachbuilders posing for a photograph outside their forge/workshop, each holding the tools of their trade

Background imageBuilders Collection: Building and masonry tools

Building and masonry tools
Various building and masonry tools, including a saw, a mallet, chisels, hatchets, a trowel and a hammer

Background imageBuilders Collection: Queens College Cambridge rowing team

Queens College Cambridge rowing team on the River Cam, near Searles Boathouse and Winter Boat Builders. Date: early 20th century

Background imageBuilders Collection: Fuxi and Nuwa, found in the tombs of Astana Cemetery, Turfan (painted silk)

Fuxi and Nuwa, found in the tombs of Astana Cemetery, Turfan (painted silk)
LSE3512892 Fuxi and Nuwa, found in the tombs of Astana Cemetery, Turfan (painted silk) by Chinese School (7th century); National Museum, Seoul

Background imageBuilders Collection: Self-Help in War Time by Heath Robinson Building a Bungalow

Self-Help in War Time by Heath Robinson Building a Bungalow
No III - Building a bungalow: Now, having made a good start with your music-room, place your piano in position. A rather back to front way of house construction from the crazy mind of William Heath

Background imageBuilders Collection: Welsh women road builders, South Wales

Welsh women road builders, South Wales
A group of twenty Welsh women road builders in Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales, holding their spades. They built the road to Hook in 1903-4 to facilitate transport to the colliery

Background imageBuilders Collection: Building work on the widening of the Swanley Bridge in Kent. 1938

Building work on the widening of the Swanley Bridge in Kent. 1938

Background imageBuilders Collection: Dangerous scaffolding, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Asia

Dangerous scaffolding, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Asia

Background imageBuilders Collection: Miss Lucy Pocock, sculling champion

Miss Lucy Pocock, sculling champion
Miss Lucy Pocock, the winner of the Thamesside Water Womens sculling championship. She came from a family of boat builders and sculling champions

Background imageBuilders Collection: Builders at work

Builders at work in the foreground, with partially completed buildings in the background

Background imageBuilders Collection: Advertisement for Joseph Mastin and Son, Builders, etc. Cavendish Street, Sheffield

Advertisement for Joseph Mastin and Son, Builders, etc. Cavendish Street, Sheffield
Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: MP Folder 62

Background imageBuilders Collection: The Tyne Bridge under construction, 23rd February 1928 (b / w photo)

The Tyne Bridge under construction, 23rd February 1928 (b / w photo)
907791 The Tyne Bridge under construction, 23rd February 1928 (b/w photo) by Geddie, James (1879-1944); Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; eTyne & Wear Archives & Museums; British, out of copyright

Background imageBuilders Collection: The Green Man Pub - Putney Heath

The Green Man Pub - Putney Heath - operated by Youngs Brewery (Young & Co.s Pale Ales) - unchanged to this day. Date: 1905

Background imageBuilders Collection: The new Spion Kop stand under construction at Liverpools Anfield Ground

The new Spion Kop stand under construction at Liverpools Anfield Ground. Construction had been held up whilst waiting for a delivery of British Steel. 2nd June 1927

Background imageBuilders Collection: Stormont, Belfast, Ireland, Northern Ireland Assembly

Stormont, Belfast, Ireland, Northern Ireland Assembly

Background imageBuilders Collection: Beaver Lodge

Beaver Lodge

Background imageBuilders Collection: Hamburg-Amerika Linie Companys Offices (b / w photo)

Hamburg-Amerika Linie Companys Offices (b / w photo)
3650466 Hamburg-Amerika Linie Companys Offices (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hamburg-Amerika Linie Companys Offices)

Background imageBuilders Collection: Comic postcard, Outside the builders merchants

Comic postcard, Outside the builders merchants - man with bucket and toilet seat Date: 20th century

Background imageBuilders Collection: Advert, H & J Philp, Architects and Builders, Dunfermline

Advert, H & J Philp, Architects and Builders, Dunfermline
Advert for H & J Philp, Architects and Builders, Campbell Street, Dunfermline, Scotland. 1905

Background imageBuilders Collection: London River - The Limehouse Barge-Builders, 1877 (oil on canvas)

London River - The Limehouse Barge-Builders, 1877 (oil on canvas)
TW427976 London River - The Limehouse Barge-Builders, 1877 (oil on canvas) by Hemy, Charles Napier (1841-1917); 91.5x137 cm; South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, South Shields

Background imageBuilders Collection: Workmen seen here on the approaches of the Rotherhithe Tunnel in 1907

Workmen seen here on the approaches of the Rotherhithe Tunnel in 1907. The tunnel did not open until 1908. The Rotherhithe Tunnel is a road tunnel crossing beneath the River Thames in East London

Background imageBuilders Collection: Catalogue cover, Horncastle & Son

Catalogue cover, Horncastle & Son, General Furnishing & Builders Ironmongers, The Parade, Bedford Street, Royal Leamington Spa. circa late 19th century

Background imageBuilders Collection: Remains of boat builders slipway on estuary, almost submerged by incoming tide at sunset

Remains of boat builders slipway on estuary, almost submerged by incoming tide at sunset, River Torridge, Watertown, near Appledore, North Devon, England, february

Background imageBuilders Collection: Gymnasium on Titanic

Gymnasium on Titanic
One of seven builders photographs of the RMS Titanic interior, this one showing part of the Gymnasium. Date: circa 1912

Background imageBuilders Collection: Crystal Palace Roof

Crystal Palace Roof
Photograph of the roof of the Crystal Palace, illustrating the scale of the structure and the skill of its architects and builders

Background imageBuilders Collection: Sir Francis Drake, 1545-1596 (chromolitho)

Sir Francis Drake, 1545-1596 (chromolitho)
3648791 Sir Francis Drake, 1545-1596 (chromolitho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Francis Drake, 1545-1596)

Background imageBuilders Collection: Central Criminal Courts (b / w photo)

Central Criminal Courts (b / w photo)
3650473 Central Criminal Courts (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Central Criminal Courts)

Background imageBuilders Collection: Londons newest timber dock, The Lavender Dock, has been bought into commission

Londons newest timber dock, The Lavender Dock, has been bought into commission. 26th October 1930

Background imageBuilders Collection: Construction of Blackfriars bridge, London

Construction of Blackfriars bridge, London
Builders involved in various tasks atop two huge arches under construction. One of the arches clearly shows the scaffolding required to form such a huge structure. Date: August 1764

Background imageBuilders Collection: Burrell General Purpose Traction Engine TA369 Red Gauntlet

Burrell General Purpose Traction Engine TA369 Red Gauntlet (msn 3798) at the 1959 Andover Steam Fair. (Charles Burrell & Sons were builders of steam traction engines, agricultural machinery)

Background imageBuilders Collection: U. S. mail steam ship Arctic: Collins line builders, hull by

U. S. mail steam ship Arctic: Collins line builders, hull by
U.S. mail steam ship Arctic: Collins line builders, hull by Wm. H. Brown N.Y. engines by Stillman Allen & Co. Novelty Works N.Y. Date c1850. U.S

Background imageBuilders Collection: Tools of an Architect

Tools of an Architect
A plan for a neo-classical building is rested against the tools of the surveyors architects and builders who will construct this edifice

Background imageBuilders Collection: 'The Building of the New Castle on the Tyne, 1080', from a picture by W. B. Scott, 1865

"The Building of the New Castle on the Tyne, 1080", from a picture by W. B. Scott, 1865. Engraving of a painting

Background imageBuilders Collection: World's most coolest builder

World's most coolest builder
Happie Eagle

Background imageBuilders Collection: Men at work #4

Men at work #4
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageBuilders Collection: Men at work #3

Men at work #3
Tal Paz-Fridman

Background imageBuilders Collection: Pioneers of Italian aviation: Caricatures of pilots and builders of the early times

Pioneers of Italian aviation: Caricatures of pilots and builders of the early times
5313720 Pioneers of Italian aviation: Caricatures of pilots and builders of the early times. included in the Official Circuit Guide'. 1908; SeM Studio/UIG

Background imageBuilders Collection: Anglo Saxon builders working on a house. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Robert von

Anglo Saxon builders working on a house. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Robert von Spalart's "
FLO4702340 Anglo Saxon builders working on a house. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Robert von Spalart's " Historical Picture of the Costumes of the Principal People of Antiquity

Background imageBuilders Collection: Commencement of the Thames Embankment works near Westminster Bridge, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Commencement of the Thames Embankment works near Westminster Bridge, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Commencement of the Thames Embankment works near Westminster Bridge, 1864. View of...piles being driven in, and scaffolding of an extensive character being erected to support

Background imageBuilders Collection: Garden Tools, Spades, Forks, Hoes, Shears, Rakes and Knives

Garden Tools, Spades, Forks, Hoes, Shears, Rakes and Knives. 19th century

Background imageBuilders Collection: Evelyns School under construction, Yiewsley 1935

Evelyns School under construction, Yiewsley 1935

Background imageBuilders Collection: The widening of the main Torquay to Paignton road at Gas Works Hill nearing completion

The widening of the main Torquay to Paignton road at Gas Works Hill nearing completion. It has entailed the construction of a huge retaining wall over 4 ft in thickness at a total cost of £ 11

Background imageBuilders Collection: Poem by Ise, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu

Poem by Ise, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by the Nurse (Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki), ca. 1835

Background imageBuilders Collection: Bum cleavage, Norfolk

Bum cleavage, Norfolk
A male painter, stripped to the waist, shows the cleavage of his buttocks as he works on the deck of a boat, First published The Daily Telepgraph Date: 1989

Background imageBuilders Collection: Installing a wall panel JLP01_14_00230

Installing a wall panel JLP01_14_00230
HULME, MANCHESTER. A block of 12M Jespersen flats under construction in Hulme, showing a wall panel with inset windows about to be hoisted into position

Background imageBuilders Collection: Stairwell in a Renaissance House, mid-18th century. Creator: Michele Marieschi

Stairwell in a Renaissance House, mid-18th century. Creator: Michele Marieschi
Stairwell in a Renaissance House, mid-18th century

Background imageBuilders Collection: Artemisia Building the Mausolaeum, early 1640s. Creator: Simon Vouet

Artemisia Building the Mausolaeum, early 1640s. Creator: Simon Vouet
Artemisia Building the Mausolaeum, early 1640s




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Builders have been an integral part of history, shaping communities and leaving their mark on the world. From Welsh women road builders in South Wales to blacksmiths working outside their forge, these skilled individuals have played a crucial role in constructing our society. In 1911, they were hard at work constructing the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road in Truro, Cornwall. Their dedication and craftsmanship are evident in every brick laid and beam secured, showcasing their commitment to creating lasting structures. Equipped with building and masonry tools, these artisans transformed raw materials into architectural wonders. They meticulously crafted each detail, ensuring that every structure stood strong against the test of time. During war times, self-help became paramount. In Heath Robinson's book "Self-Help in War Time, " he depicted builders coming together to construct a bungalow from scratch. This symbolized resilience and resourcefulness amidst challenging circumstances. Even sports teams like the Queens College Cambridge rowing team displayed teamwork akin to that found among builders. Their synchronized efforts propelled them forward just as construction projects rely on collaboration for success. The widening of Swanley Bridge in Kent during 1938 showcased how builders adapted to meet growing infrastructure demands. With determination etched on their faces, they labored tirelessly to expand transportation routes for future generations. However, not all aspects of building are without risks. Dangerous scaffolding loomed over Kolkata's skyline in West Bengal, India - a reminder of the hazards faced by workers daily as they strive towards progress. Builders come from all walks of life; Miss Lucy Pocock defied stereotypes as a sculling champion who excelled both on land and water. Her achievements shattered gender norms while inspiring others within her profession. Advertisements such as Joseph Mastin and Son Builders' Cavendish Street Sheffield highlighted businesses dedicated to providing quality craftsmanship for clients seeking reliable construction services throughout history.