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Use ViewFinder to find historic photographs of England.

The photographs on ViewFinder are all held in the English Heritage Archive. They date from the 1850s and are a resource for people interested in England's social, industrial, architectural and archaeological history.

You can search using the Quick Search free text box below. Alternatively go to our Basic Search or Advanced Search pages for more detailed searching options.


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Our Photo Essays provide commentaries alongside selected images and cover subjects such as London's Docks, prefabs, women at work, windmills and much more.

The information used in our search results was last updated on 10th November 2011.
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