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Edwardian Collection

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Background imageEdwardian Collection: Jenny Agutter in The Railway Children (1970)

Jenny Agutter in The Railway Children (1970)
Jenny Agutter as Bobbie Waterbury in a production still image from Lionel Jeffries The Railway Children

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s

Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s
A view from Lemon Bridge with the River Kenwyn at high tide. Truro school stands on the hill in the background. Sailing barges, one with wooden square engine housing towards the stern

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Fitzgerald and Co 1911 1910s UK whisky alcohol whiskey advert Irish moon drinking

Fitzgerald and Co 1911 1910s UK whisky alcohol whiskey advert Irish moon drinking

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690

Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. From 1921 children had to be at least 12 years old before they could work full-time, though some of these boys look younger

Background imageEdwardian Collection: RNLI lifeboat Arab I at the quay, Padstow, Cornwall. 1883-1900

RNLI lifeboat Arab I at the quay, Padstow, Cornwall. 1883-1900
The lifeboat Arab I under sail off the quay at Padstow with the railway yards in the background. The lifeboat has a full compliment of women

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Malpas Ferry looking towards Ferryside Cottage and the Ferry House on the St Michael Penkivel

Malpas Ferry looking towards Ferryside Cottage and the Ferry House on the St Michael Penkivel side, Cornwall
The ferry boat Leslie, licensed to carry eleven passengers, sits just offshore and a woman and two men are by another boat onshore. The man on the right is possibly photographer, John Charles Burrow

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Fore Street looking east towards The Square, Probus, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Fore Street looking east towards The Square, Probus, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A mixed group of mainly children pose for the photographer, including two people in the upstairs rooms of the Hawkins Arms

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s

Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Cadgwith harbour with fishermen, fishing boats and a tucking net full of pilchards. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745

Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. A cargo of bananas in specially ventilated crates is unloaded and transferred into the warehouse via a conveyor belt while two foremen in bowler hats look

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Trevaunance Beach at low tide, St Agnes, Cornwall. Probably 20th July 1910

Trevaunance Beach at low tide, St Agnes, Cornwall. Probably 20th July 1910
A view from the beach looking up to Wheal Friendly mine on the skyline. The mine was re-opened in 1900 as part of Wheal Kitty and was at 80fms in 1910

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Station Master BB98_05551

Station Master BB98_05551
STATION MASTER, Finmere Station, Oxfordshire. In 1898-99 the Great Central Railway Company (formed 1897) created a main railway route from Sheffield through Nottingham and Leicester to London

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666

Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666
Pay day at Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London. A line of workmen collect their wages from a hatch, while a security guard looks on. Photographer unknown, c.1910

Background imageEdwardian Collection: RNLI lifeboat Arab II at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall. Around 1908

RNLI lifeboat Arab II at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall. Around 1908
The RNLI Lifeboat Arab II being towed across the sands at Harlyn Bay to be launched, followed by a mixed group of men, women and children

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Edwardian music room, Thornton Manor BL17551

Edwardian music room, Thornton Manor BL17551
Thornton Manor, near Port Sunlight, Merseyside. Edwardian interior of the music room, which was added in 1902. A large organ is built in over a seating area to the right

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Queens College, Oxford CC51_00352

Queens College, Oxford CC51_00352
QUEENs COLLEGE, Oxford, Oxfordshire. A 1903 view looking west along the south arcade of the front quad with parked bicycles belonging to members of the college

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1904

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1904
This view of passengers boarding a train on Platform 1 was taken on the August Bank Holiday 1904. Teeming with people, passengers

Background imageEdwardian Collection: RNLI Padstow Lifeboat No. 2 Edmund Harvey with the tug Helen Peele alongside in the background

RNLI Padstow Lifeboat No. 2 Edmund Harvey with the tug Helen Peele alongside in the background, Padstow, Cornwall. 1901
The photograph is thought to have been taken on the lifeboats inauguration day in 1901. She served from 1901 to 1929. The crew are all wearing cork life jackets

Background imageEdwardian Collection: The mill at Sidlesham, 1900

The mill at Sidlesham, 1900
A front view of the mill John Fletcher Collection West Sussex Record Office, Ref No: PH 26114/9

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Olimpio Fusco, c. 1900-1910. Creator: John Singer Sargent

Olimpio Fusco, c. 1900-1910. Creator: John Singer Sargent
Olimpio Fusco, c. 1900-1910

Background imageEdwardian Collection: The Suffragettes 1913 1910s UK suffragettes womens rights votes for women magazines

The Suffragettes 1913 1910s UK suffragettes womens rights votes for women magazines feminists emancipation voting

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Sessions House, Preston BL18224

Sessions House, Preston BL18224
SESSIONS HOUSE, Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire. The interior of number 1 court at the County Sessions House. The court house was built between 1900 and 1903 to the designs of Henry Littler

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Houses in Tregaseal (Tregeseal), St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Houses in Tregaseal (Tregeseal), St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Looking across a field and down onto the houses of Tregaseal (Tregeseal). A lot of washing is evident on garden clothes lines

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Tregaseal (Tregeseal) and the Foundry from Nancherrow Hill, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall

Tregaseal (Tregeseal) and the Foundry from Nancherrow Hill, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A general view of Tregaseal (Tregeseal) looking up the valley with the foundry buildings in the middle ground of the picture. Holmans Iron Foundry was built in 1834

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Diana of the Uplands, 1903-1904, (c1915). Artist: Charles Wellington Furse

Diana of the Uplands, 1903-1904, (c1915). Artist: Charles Wellington Furse
Diana of the Uplands, 1903-1904, (c1915). The painting is held by the Tate Gallery, London. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney. [Virtue & Company, London, c1915]

Background imageEdwardian Collection: A production still from The Railway Children (1970)

A production still from The Railway Children (1970)
The main characters in Lionel Jeffries The Railway Children (1970) on the platform of Oakworth station in Yorkshire

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Ushers 1911 1910s UK whisky alcohol whiskey advert Ushers Scotch Scottish racing

Ushers 1911 1910s UK whisky alcohol whiskey advert Ushers Scotch Scottish racing the races spectators

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Finmere Station, Oxfordshire 1904 BB98_05550

Finmere Station, Oxfordshire 1904 BB98_05550
FINMERE STATION, Oxfordshire. The Great Central Railway Company built this station on the line from Sheffield through Nottingham and Leicester to London in 1898-9

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Didcot Junction in 1904 CC97_02192

Didcot Junction in 1904 CC97_02192
DIDCOT, Oxfordshire. Looking from the east at a signal box towards the junction station, with an engine approaching and a line of carriages to the right

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Selfridges Department Store 1909 BL20507

Selfridges Department Store 1909 BL20507
SELFRIDGES DEPARTMENT STORE, Oxford Street, London. Selfridges Department Store in Oxford Street is photographed here soon after it opened in 1909. Photographed by Harry Bedford Lemere in May 1909

Background imageEdwardian Collection: GWR Milnes-Daimler omnibus, 1904

GWR Milnes-Daimler omnibus, 1904
The bus is pictured at Mullion, between Helston and The Lizard. This was the route of the first GWR bus service which began in 1903

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Pentewan harbour and village, St Austell, Cornwall. Late 1800s

Pentewan harbour and village, St Austell, Cornwall. Late 1800s
A view of part of the harbour and the village main street. The schooner James Postlethwaite lies alongside in the harbour. A group of women and children stand outside of R.W

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Two young miners at croust time at an unidentified mine in Cornwall. Late 1800s

Two young miners at croust time at an unidentified mine in Cornwall. Late 1800s
This photograph shows two young miners having a break ( croust is a traditional Cornish word for a break for food). One man has a sledge hammer the other a mining type pick

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Looking west down Truck Hill, Probus, Cornwall. 1900s

Looking west down Truck Hill, Probus, Cornwall. 1900s
A view from Fore Street, looking west down Truck Hill. A lady stands in the road holding a baby while two others pose for the camera

Background imageEdwardian Collection: The horse bus Loyal (Penzance to St Just) at the Commercial Hotel in Market Square, St Just

The horse bus Loyal (Penzance to St Just) at the Commercial Hotel in Market Square, St Just, Cornwall. Before 1906
View of the Commercial Hotel in Market Square (or Commercial Square) when owned by Sydney Henry Coles. Samuel Woolcock was the owner by 1906. A number of people are posing for the camera outside

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Handbell ringers, St Stephen in Brannel, Cornwall. Probably early 1900s

Handbell ringers, St Stephen in Brannel, Cornwall. Probably early 1900s
A group of eleven handbell ringers, possibly outside St Stephen in Brannel parish church. The group is very well dressed. Photographer: Canon Henry Holroyd Mills

Background imageEdwardian Collection: St Giles Fair, Oxford CC49_00539

St Giles Fair, Oxford CC49_00539
St Giles Fair, Oxford, Oxfordshire, September 1905. Photographed by Henry William Taunt (1842-1922) on silver gelatin glass plate negative

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Palace of Westminster, London 1909 EGP_22657_85

Palace of Westminster, London 1909 EGP_22657_85
PALACE OF WESTMINSTER, London. Aerial view of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and River Thames taken from the balloon Corona on 22nd May 1909 at 4:30pm

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Children pose for the camera a97_05492

Children pose for the camera a97_05492
A thatched cottage, Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire. A group of people pose for the camera in front of thatched cottages. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Son 1904

Background imageEdwardian Collection: The Quay, Penryn, Cornwall. 1904

The Quay, Penryn, Cornwall. 1904
Penryn Quay with the ketch Hobah alongside the granite works quay in the middle distance. This vessel was built at Mylor and owned in Penryn. An unidentified schooner unloads in the foreground

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. 1900s

Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. 1900s
Back Quay and Lemon Quay, from Lemon Street bridge looking towards Truro school on the hill in the background. Photographer: Arthur Philp

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Jacobs Ladder, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Jacobs Ladder, Falmouth, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Eleven people stand on the steps. The Jacobs Ladder steps were built by Jacob Hamblen, a builder, tallow-chandler and property owner

Background imageEdwardian Collection: The Street, South Harting, 1902

The Street, South Harting, 1902
A view of the main street, taken from the Square / North Lane. Shows the church of Saint Mary and Saint Gabriel, the White Hart and the Ship Inn

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Midhurst: West Street, 1903

Midhurst: West Street, 1903
John Fletcher Collection West Sussex Record Office, Ref No PH 26114/49

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Butlers Wharf BB87_09741

Butlers Wharf BB87_09741
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. Crates of goods wrapped in straw for protection are unloaded in London and set on the conveyor belt to the warehouses

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Abel Beesley, University Waterman in 1901 CC71_00075

Abel Beesley, University Waterman in 1901 CC71_00075
FISHER ROW, Oxford, Oxfordshire. The waterman Abel Beesley on his punt full of bundles of rushes with old Pacey Bridge in the background. Photographed by Henry Taunt in 1901

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Marmalade factory, Oxford CC66_00389

Marmalade factory, Oxford CC66_00389
Male and female workers at Coopers Marmalade Factory, Oxford, Oxfordshire. Henry Taunt 1902

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Birmingham Snow Hill Booking Office, 1912

Birmingham Snow Hill Booking Office, 1912
Between 1906 and 1912 the GWR took about re-designing and re-constructing the station. When it was completed it was a vision of Edwardian elegance. This image shows the station once completed

Background imageEdwardian Collection: Scala Cinema, Ilkeston

Scala Cinema, Ilkeston
One of the earliest purpose built cinemas in the country still in use. IoE 352257




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Step back in time to the elegant and refined era England. From the enchanting film "The Railway Children" starring Jenny Agutter, to picturesque locations like Back Quay and Lemon Quay in Truro, Cornwall during the early 1920s, or the breathtaking Trevaunance Beach at low tide on a summer's day in 1910. Immerse yourself in history as you witness locals tucking pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall during the late 1800s. Travel along with us as we journey through time and explore Malpas Ferry, capturing Ferryside Cottage and the Ferry House on a sunny July day in 1912. Experience life from a bygone era as workers eagerly await pay day at Butlers Wharf in Shad Thames. Marvel at Platform 1 of Paddington Station bustling with activity in 1904, or gaze upon Didcot Junction during that same year - snapshots frozen forever for us to admire today. The charm of Butlers Wharf continues to captivate our imagination with its timeless beauty. Art lovers will appreciate Charles Wellington Furse's masterpiece "Diana of the Uplands, " painted between 1903-1904 but still resonating with grace even into c1915. And let's not forget St Giles Fair in Oxford, where merry-go-rounds and laughter filled the air captured perfectly by an old photograph from CC49_00539. Lastly, take a moment to soak up Finmere Station's quaintness nestled within Oxfordshire's countryside - an idyllic scene frozen forevermore from that fateful year of 1904 (BB98_05550). Edwardian Britain was an age defined by elegance and refinement; it was a time when society reveled in grandeur while cherishing simpler moments amidst stunning landscapes. Join us on this nostalgic journey through photographs that transport us back over a century ago – reminding us of the timeless allure of the Edwardian era.