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Demolition Collection

"Unveiling the Power of Demolition

Background imageDemolition Collection: Tinsley cooling towers, Sheffield

Tinsley cooling towers, Sheffield
Tinsley cooling towers being demolished. These towers were built in 1938 as part of the Blackburn Meadows power station and stood over 75 metres tall

Background imageDemolition Collection: London / City Gates

London / City Gates
Ten of the City gates before demolition: Bishopshate; Cripplegate; Ludgate; Newgate; Moorgate; Aldgate; Bridgegate; Aldersgate; Whitehallgate; Templebar

Background imageDemolition Collection: Tinsley cooling towers demolition

Tinsley cooling towers demolition
Tinsley cooling towers being prepared for demolition. These towers were built in 1938 as part of the Blackburn Meadows power station and stood over 75 metres tall

Background imageDemolition Collection: Tinsley cooling towers demolition

Tinsley cooling towers demolition
Tinsley cooling towers being demolished. These towers were built in 1938 as part of the Blackburn Meadows power station and stood over 75 metres tall

Background imageDemolition Collection: Burnley DES01_01_0492

Burnley DES01_01_0492
Looking north down Healey Wood Road, Burnley, Lancashire, showing partially demolished terraces in the foreground and Healey Wood Mill in the distance

Background imageDemolition Collection: An old man watches on as a shack in Kingsdown is demolished. 1936

An old man watches on as a shack in Kingsdown is demolished. 1936

Background imageDemolition Collection: London Terraced Housing

London Terraced Housing
A row of Victorian terraced houses in an East London street, due for demolition

Background imageDemolition Collection: A small boy rummages among the tangled wrecks of old cars on waste ground in

A small boy rummages among the tangled wrecks of old cars on waste ground in the Hillfields area of Coventry. In the background is the towering block of flats in Queen Street. 4th February 1965

Background imageDemolition Collection: Liverpool Brownlow Hill c. 1930

Liverpool Brownlow Hill c. 1930
An aerial view of the Liverpool workhouse at Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, shortly before its demolition in 1931 to make way for Sir Edwyn Lutyens Roman Catholic cathedral

Background imageDemolition Collection: Numancia, 1881 (oil on canvas)

Numancia, 1881 (oil on canvas)
AIS5371933 Numancia, 1881 (oil on canvas) by Vera y Estaca, Alejo (1834-1923); Diputacion Provincial de Soria, Soria, Spain; (add.info)

Background imageDemolition Collection: Demolition and clearance JLP01_065_17

Demolition and clearance JLP01_065_17
CORYTON OIL REFINERY, THURROCK, ESSEX. The demolition of a chimney stack belonging to a derelict boiler house, during site preparation work for the construction of Coryton Oil Refinery

Background imageDemolition Collection: Cottages are being demolished in Northgate (pictured) and Patten Lane, Guisborough

Cottages are being demolished in Northgate (pictured) and Patten Lane, Guisborough. The old stone-built cottages, with their red pantile roofs and chimney stacks built of small bricks

Background imageDemolition Collection: Demolition of a Factory Chimney - Chorley, Lancashire

Demolition of a Factory Chimney - Chorley, Lancashire Date: circa late 1950s

Background imageDemolition Collection: The Old Crab Tree Inn, Fulham, 1898

The Old Crab Tree Inn, Fulham, 1898
Photograph showing the Old Crab Tree Inn, Fulham, in London, 1898, which was due for demolition that year

Background imageDemolition Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)
7393515 The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas) by Callot, Jacques (1592-1635) (after); 47 x 72 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageDemolition Collection: High Street East in Sunderland during demolition work in the 1930s (b / w photo)

High Street East in Sunderland during demolition work in the 1930s (b / w photo)
6331013 High Street East in Sunderland during demolition work in the 1930s (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; (add.info)

Background imageDemolition Collection: The remarkable pattern of cellars at the old Customs House, Liverpool

The remarkable pattern of cellars at the old Customs House, Liverpool, now fast disappearing in demolition work. Liverpool, Merseyside. 7th April 1948

Background imageDemolition Collection: The old Customs House site, Liverpool. Circa 1967

The old Customs House site, Liverpool. Circa 1967

Background imageDemolition Collection: Lance-Corporal Jarvis in Great War Deeds, WW1

Lance-Corporal Jarvis in Great War Deeds, WW1
Lance-Corporal Charles A Jarvis of the Royal Engineers, winning the Victoria Cross by fixing a firing charge for the demolition of a bridge, under heavy fire

Background imageDemolition Collection: Donington Park Dunlop Bridge Demolition

Donington Park Dunlop Bridge Demolition. Donington Park Dunlop Bridge Demolition, Donington Park, England, 12 February 2009

Background imageDemolition Collection: Demolition of St. James Hall, exterior, 1907. Creator: David Muirhead Bone

Demolition of St. James Hall, exterior, 1907. Creator: David Muirhead Bone
Demolition of St. James Hall, exterior, 1907. Located on a site between Regent Street and Piccadilly, St James Hall was a celebrated London concert hall where handsome performances were held for

Background imageDemolition Collection: The clock tower, Paris, 1852. Creator: Charles Meryon

The clock tower, Paris, 1852. Creator: Charles Meryon
The clock tower, Paris, 1852

Background imageDemolition Collection: Wrecking Palace of the Fans ballpark, Cincinnati (baseball), 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Wrecking Palace of the Fans ballpark, Cincinnati (baseball), 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Wrecking Palace of the Fans ballpark, Cincinnati (baseball), 1911

Background imageDemolition Collection: Wrecking Palace of the Fans ballpark, Cincinnati (baseball), 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Wrecking Palace of the Fans ballpark, Cincinnati (baseball), 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Wrecking Palace of the Fans ballpark, Cincinnati (baseball), 1911

Background imageDemolition Collection: The railway works at Blackfriars and opening towards Ludgate Hill...from the temporary bridge, 1864

The railway works at Blackfriars and opening towards Ludgate Hill...from the temporary bridge, 1864
The railway works at Blackfriars and opening towards Ludgate Hill, viewed from the temporary bridge, [London], 1864. View...overlooking, on its eastern side

Background imageDemolition Collection: Destruction of the fortifications of the Ionian Islands: the escarp of the Keep of Vido... 1864

Destruction of the fortifications of the Ionian Islands: the escarp of the Keep of Vido... 1864. Creator: Unknown
Destruction of the fortifications of the Ionian Islands: the escarp of the Keep of Vido after the explosion on March 11, 1864

Background imageDemolition Collection: Donington Park Dunlop Bridge Demolition

Donington Park Dunlop Bridge Demolition
Simon Gillett (GBR) Donington Park CEO is interviewed at the Donington Park Dunlop Bridge Demolition. Donington Park Dunlop Bridge Demolition, Donington Park, England, 12 February 2009

Background imageDemolition Collection: Silverstone Pitwall Reconstruction

Silverstone Pitwall Reconstruction
Removal of railings and fencing from old pitwall. Pitwall Demolition, Silverstone, England, 17 December 2007

Background imageDemolition Collection: Silverstone Pitwall Reconstruction

Silverstone Pitwall Reconstruction
Old pitwall begins to be removed. Pitwall Demolition, Silverstone, England, 17 December 2007

Background imageDemolition Collection: Effects of the Atomic Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (b/w photo)

Effects of the Atomic Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (b/w photo)
8625727 Effects of the Atomic Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDemolition Collection: Effects of the Atomic Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (b/w photo)

Effects of the Atomic Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (b/w photo)
8625721 Effects of the Atomic Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDemolition Collection: Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817), late 18th to early 19th century (oil painting)

Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817), late 18th to early 19th century (oil painting)
7337886 Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817), late 18th to early 19th century (oil painting) by Beechey, William (1753-1839); 127x101.6 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageDemolition Collection: North-east view of the ruins of the Chapel and Granary of Leadenhall Chapel (Holy Trinity Chapel)

North-east view of the ruins of the Chapel and Granary of Leadenhall Chapel (Holy Trinity Chapel, Leadenhall Street)
FLO5000412 North-east view of the ruins of the Chapel and Granary of Leadenhall Chapel (Holy Trinity Chapel, Leadenhall Street)

Background imageDemolition Collection: Pirate captain on deck, early 20th century (book illustration)

Pirate captain on deck, early 20th century (book illustration)
7339185 Pirate captain on deck, early 20th century (book illustration) by Pyle, Howard (1853-1911); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageDemolition Collection: Clipper ship Blackadder at sea with foremast and mainmast broken, 1895 (watercolour)

Clipper ship Blackadder at sea with foremast and mainmast broken, 1895 (watercolour)
7342206 Clipper ship Blackadder at sea with foremast and mainmast broken, 1895 (watercolour) by Esposito, Gaetano (1858-1911) ; 38.4x54.7 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageDemolition Collection: Fleet with a ship on fire, 18th century (pen & ink drawing, grey wash)

Fleet with a ship on fire, 18th century (pen & ink drawing, grey wash)
7341813 Fleet with a ship on fire, 18th century (pen & ink drawing, grey wash) by Cleveley, Robert (1747-1809); 29x35.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageDemolition Collection: Destruction of a Germanic village by the Romans

Destruction of a Germanic village by the Romans
7278129 Destruction of a Germanic village by the Romans; Private Collection; (add.info.: Destruction of a Germanic village by the Romans, digitally enhanced reproduction of original from 1880)

Background imageDemolition Collection: Image series Conquest of Mexico, Cortez burns the ships in August 1519, Liebig painting

Image series Conquest of Mexico, Cortez burns the ships in August 1519, Liebig painting
7277891 Image series Conquest of Mexico, Cortez burns the ships in August 1519, Liebig painting; Private Collection; (add.info.: Image series Conquest of Mexico)

Background imageDemolition Collection: Sixteen Views of Plaves in the Persian Gulph Forces Against the Arabian Pirates, 1813 (aquatint)

Sixteen Views of Plaves in the Persian Gulph Forces Against the Arabian Pirates, 1813 (aquatint, coloured)
7342604 Sixteen Views of Plaves in the Persian Gulph Forces Against the Arabian Pirates, 1813 (aquatint, coloured) by Temple, R

Background imageDemolition Collection: Iron Steamship Nemesis, War Junks in Anson's Bay January 7th 1841, 1843 (aquatint)

Iron Steamship Nemesis, War Junks in Anson's Bay January 7th 1841, 1843 (aquatint)
7342215 Iron Steamship Nemesis, War Junks in Anson's Bay January 7th 1841, 1843 (aquatint) by Duncan, Edward (1803-82); 41.6x60.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageDemolition Collection: Attack on the pirate squadron of Shap-ng-tsai, by Columbine, Fury and Phlegethon, Gulf of Tonkin

Attack on the pirate squadron of Shap-ng-tsai, by Columbine, Fury and Phlegethon, Gulf of Tonkin, 21 October 1849
7342176 Attack on the pirate squadron of Shap-ng-tsai, by Columbine, Fury and Phlegethon, Gulf of Tonkin, 21 October 1849, 1849 (coloured lithograph) by Cree

Background imageDemolition Collection: Jesus breaks downn the gates of hell and set free Adam and Eve. Strasbourg cathedral

Jesus breaks downn the gates of hell and set free Adam and Eve. Strasbourg cathedral. (stained glass)
8711203 Jesus breaks downn the gates of hell and set free Adam and Eve. Strasbourg cathedral. (stained glass); (add.info.: Strasbourg Cathedral. Stained glass)

Background imageDemolition Collection: The Moonlight Battle: the Battle off Cape St Vincent, 1780 (oil on canvas)

The Moonlight Battle: the Battle off Cape St Vincent, 1780 (oil on canvas)
7337661 The Moonlight Battle: the Battle off Cape St Vincent, 1780 (oil on canvas) by Paton, Richard (1717-91); 101.6x147.3 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageDemolition Collection: The burning of the Soleil Royal at the Battle of La Hogue, 23 May 1692

The burning of the Soleil Royal at the Battle of La Hogue, 23 May 1692, late 17th century (oil on canvas)
7337634 The burning of the Soleil Royal at the Battle of La Hogue, 23 May 1692, late 17th century (oil on canvas) by Velde, Willem van de, the Elder (1611-93); 62.4x75.7 cm; National Maritime Museum

Background imageDemolition Collection: HMS Edinburgh on anti-torpedo exercise, c.1887 (oil on canvas)

HMS Edinburgh on anti-torpedo exercise, c.1887 (oil on canvas)
7337796 HMS Edinburgh on anti-torpedo exercise, c.1887 (oil on canvas) by Martino, Eduardo de (1838-1912); 52x91.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageDemolition Collection: Carmania sinking Cap Trafalgar off Trinidade in the South Atlantic, 14 September 1914

Carmania sinking Cap Trafalgar off Trinidade in the South Atlantic, 14 September 1914, 1923 (paper, watercolour)
7341572 Carmania sinking Cap Trafalgar off Trinidade in the South Atlantic, 14 September 1914, 1923 (paper, watercolour) by Dixon, Charles Edward (1872-1934); 34x46.5 cm; National Maritime Museum

Background imageDemolition Collection: The Crab (Cancer) above an aerial view of Rimini from a series of reliefs depicting the planetary

The Crab (Cancer) above an aerial view of Rimini from a series of reliefs depicting the planetary symbols
BEN85105 The Crab (Cancer) above an aerial view of Rimini from a series of reliefs depicting the planetary symbols and signs of the zodiac by Agostino di Duccio (1418-81)

Background imageDemolition Collection: Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus (engraving)

Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus (engraving)
8655502 Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, 70)




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"Unveiling the Power of Demolition: From London's City Gates to Sheffield's Tinsley Cooling Towers" Witness the awe-inspiring force as it reshapes iconic landmarks across the UK. In London, where history and modernity collide, the echoes of past eras reverberate through the crumbling remnants of City Gates. Meanwhile, in Sheffield, a colossal spectacle awaits as the Tinsley Cooling Towers succumb to their inevitable fate. The anticipation builds as we delve into the heart-stopping moments preceding the Tinsley Cooling Towers' demolition. Once towering symbols of industrial might, these structures now stand on borrowed time. As explosives shatter their foundations, an era comes crashing down with them – a bittersweet farewell to an architectural marvel that once defined Sheffield's skyline. Venturing further back in time, we stumble upon Burnley DES01_01_0492 – a captivating glimpse into forgotten ruins that bear witness to bygone tales. Like brushstrokes on canvas depicting The Temptation of Saint Anthony, these fragments tell stories untold and secrets long buried beneath layers of dust and debris. Liverpool Brownlow Hill c. 1930 transports us to an era when progress demanded sacrifice; buildings razed for urban renewal while preserving memories etched within their walls. Demolition and clearance JLP01_065_17 captures this transformative process in motion – a dance between destruction and rebirth that shapes our cities anew. In 1936 Kingsdown witnessed an old man watching helplessly as his shack met its demise at the hands of progress. This poignant image reminds us that behind every demolished structure lies human stories intertwined with bricks and mortar – lives uprooted but never forgotten. London Terraced Housing stands tall amidst constant change - resilient witnesses to centuries unfolding before their stoic facades. And hidden beneath Liverpool's Customs House lie remarkable cellars embodying architectural wonders waiting patiently for their rediscovery.