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A tea lady brings round refreshments for British office workers in the 1970s

A tea lady brings round refreshments for British office workers in the 1970s

Revealed: Incredible pictures give glimpse into working class life in Salford and Manchester during 1960s - Manchester Evening News

Revealed: Incredible pictures give glimpse into working class life in Salford and Manchester during 1960s

Acclaimed photographer Shirley Baker captured the essence of Salford and Manchester in these evocative, candid portraits

The Wellington Inn, Manchester, 1877

The Wellington Inn, Manchester, 1877 (GB124.Q38)

The building known as the Wellington Inn has existed since 1552 when Edward VI was on the throne. At that time it was situated in the Market Place and Shambles. It is now the oldest building in Manchester. In 1554 it was purchased by the Byron family and was part residence and part drapers shop. In the mid 17th century a third storey was added to the structure. It was not until 1830 that the premises were licensed when the it was known as the Vintners Arms and later as the Kenyon Vaults. In…

Eccles Cakes

As Friday is often Cake Day here at the Library we thought we would share these Eccles Cake photos, which are part of the collection of photographs of old Manchester taken by Frank Mullineux. The shop above is believed to be the oldest Eccles Cake shop, a claim no doubt vociferously opposed by Bradburn's, who owned the shop shown below: Given our enthusiasm for cake, we consider ourselves fortunate to hold the archive of Bradburn's, which was kindly donated to the Library by Kathy Percival…

"Penny for the Guy"

"Penny for the Guy"

Bristol Social History Archives | HOW BRISTOL POOR PEOPLE LI… | Flickr

Bristol Social History Archives

HOW BRISTOL POOR PEOPLE LIVED IN THE 1800s. A tour of Bristol and its Densely populated Poor Areas by a sanitary reformer. The sanitary reformers used the literary techniques of Victorian novelists to create a sense of crisis. Edwin Chadwick, the author of the report on the sanitary conditions of British towns, consulted Dickens over his descriptions of the sanitary conditions of the great towns - and Dickens's himself obtained graphic accounts of the vile conditions of reeking graveyards…

Spitalfields nippers: rare photographs of London street kids in 1901 – in pictures

In 1901-2, Horace Warner took photos of East End street kids, who he called 'Spitalfields nippers'. Here's a selection of the rare ones that have survived to this day

Faces of The Blitz and England in World War 2 (40 Photos): 1940-1944 - Flashbak

The Blitz (short for Blitzkrieg, German for "lightning war") began on 7 September 1940, with more than 300 bombers involved. The attacks started on the East End before moving to central London. In total, 430 were killed and 1,600 badly injured that day...

Old Smithy, King Street, Bristol c1899

The old smithy in King Street a 300-year-old building demolished in 1953.

All the fun of the fair Edwardian style, Banbury, Oxfordshire

All the fun of the fair Edwardian style, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Proud owners (and cats) of a tea shop and dining room in Chipping Norton, England (c.1910).

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On this day in 1913 – 439 people were killed after an explosion occurred in a coal mine within the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd.

On this day in 1913 – 439 people were killed after an explosion occurred in a coal mine within the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd.

London transport STL2301 ww2 bomb blast victim

London transport STL2301 seen in the City of London after suffering bomb damage during WW2.

Bristol Tramways Uniform | British Tramway Company Uniforms and Insignia

Bristol Tramways uniforms