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1840s Collection

Step back in time to the 1840s, a decade filled with remarkable events and intriguing landmarks. Explore the Swindon Works Map, dating back to the c

Background image1840s Collection: Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s

Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s
Swindon Works Map, c.1940s, showing the growth of the GWR Works in Swindon between 1846 and the 1940s. The sheer volume of workshops and sidings can be seen in fascinating detail

Background image1840s Collection: Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life in Norse mythology

Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life in Norse mythology
Yggdrasil (Yggdrasill), the sacred ash, the Tree of Life, the Mundane Tree of Norse mythology, whose branches overhang the Universe

Background image1840s Collection: Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip

Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip
The Erebus and Terror leave England on the Franklin polar expedition, never to return

Background image1840s Collection: Warwick County Mental Hospital, Hatton, Warwickshire

Warwick County Mental Hospital, Hatton, Warwickshire
An aerial view of the Warwick County Mental Hospital at Hatton, Warwickshire, originally opened in 1846 as the Warwick County Lunatic Asylum. The site later became known as the Central Hospital

Background image1840s Collection: Old Hartlepool Lighthouse, north east England

Old Hartlepool Lighthouse, north east England
View of the old Hartlepool Lighthouse, north east England (County Durham), completed in 1847. A man with a telescope scans the horizon

Background image1840s Collection: 19th-century alga cyanotype

19th-century alga cyanotype. Cyanotype of the algae Chylocladia kaliformis, as produced by British botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Chylocladia is a seaweed found in European seas and oceans

Background image1840s Collection: Skerryvore Lighthouse, west coast of Scotland

Skerryvore Lighthouse, west coast of Scotland
View of Skerryvore Lighthouse, off the west coast of Scotland, completed in 1844. Seen here with a typically rough sea

Background image1840s Collection: Plan of ship SS Great Britain

Plan of ship SS Great Britain
Illustrations showing a side cutaway view and an overhead view of Brunel's steamship SS Great Britain, launched in 1843. Date: 1845

Background image1840s Collection: The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe

The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe, designed and constructed by Marc Isambard Brunel. circa 1840s

Background image1840s Collection: The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner

The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. Artist: JMW Turner
The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846. The Archangel Michael with flaming sword on Judgement Day. From Tate Britain, London

Background image1840s Collection: Broadwater Tithe Map, 1848

Broadwater Tithe Map, 1848
By Messrs. Hide & Patching, Surveyors, Worthing. Standidge & Co. litho. 36 Old Jewry, London. 26.6 in. to 1 m. Original map size 112in. × 60in

Background image1840s Collection: Pentonville Prison, Islington, North London

Pentonville Prison, Islington, North London
An aerial view of Pentonville Prison in Islington, North London. The prison was opened in 1842 as the new Model Prison, on the separate system

Background image1840s Collection: North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh, North Wales

North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh, North Wales
Administration block of the North Wales Lunatic Asylum at Denbigh, opened in 1848 and designed by Thomas Fulljames

Background image1840s Collection: Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland

Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland
View of Bell Rock Lighthouse, near Arbroath, Scotland. Bell Rock is also known as the Inchcape Rock (made famous by a poem by Robert Southey)

Background image1840s Collection: Scene in Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

Scene in Main Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
Scene in Main Street, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA -- people on the way to a sheep shearing festival. Date: circa 1840s

Background image1840s Collection: Chidham Tithe Map, 1846

Chidham Tithe Map, 1846
By E. Fuller, Chichester. 13.3 in. to 1m. Original map size 54in. × 37in. Tithe Award Map Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: TD/W30

Background image1840s Collection: Albany & Buffalo Railroad schedule, 1843

Albany & Buffalo Railroad schedule, 1843
Albany & Buffalo Railroad timetable, showing fares and routes, 1843. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century printed piece

Background image1840s Collection: Dorking General Hospital, Surrey

Dorking General Hospital, Surrey
Aerial view of Dorking General Hospital on Horsham Road, Dorking, Surrey. Designed by William Shearburn, the building opened in 1841 as the Dorking Union workhouse

Background image1840s Collection: Wharncliffe Viaduct Hanwell

Wharncliffe Viaduct Hanwell

Background image1840s Collection: Cowfold tithe map, 1840

Cowfold tithe map, 1840
By William Duncum, Reading, Berks. 26.6 in. to 1 m. 104 × 92 Tithe Award Map Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: TD/W154

Background image1840s Collection: Chithurst Tithe Map, c. 1840

Chithurst Tithe Map, c. 1840
No date, but Tithe Award dated 1840. By Frederick & Henry E. Drayson. 26.6 in. to 1 m. Original map size 83in. × 36in. Tithe Award Map Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: TD/W31

Background image1840s Collection: 19th-century alga cyanotype

19th-century alga cyanotype. Cyanotype of the algae Cystoseira fibrosa, as produced by British botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871)

Background image1840s Collection: Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s

Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s
British explorer Richard Burton in native Indian dress, 1848. Hand-colored half tone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background image1840s Collection: Exminster Asylum, Devon

Exminster Asylum, Devon
The administrative building of the Exminster Asylum, opened in 1845 as the Devon County Lunatic Asylum. It was later known as the Devon County Mental Hospital, then as Exminster Hospital

Background image1840s Collection: City of London Union Infirmary, Mile End Road

City of London Union Infirmary, Mile End Road
Situated where Mile End Road continues as Bow Road, the City of London Union Infirmary (now St Clement's Hospital) opened in 1849 as the City of London Union workhouse

Background image1840s Collection: Harting tithe map, 1840

Harting tithe map, 1840
From Shorto by D. Ayling, Liss, Petersfield. 13.3 in. to 1 m. 81 × 57 Tithe Award Map Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: TD/W65

Background image1840s Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 413rd ascent, from the Vicarage Grounds, Stowmarket in his Royal Victoria Balloon

Background image1840s Collection: TEXAS FLAG, 1842. Texas flag seized from Texan prisoners during a Mexican raid on San Antonio

TEXAS FLAG, 1842. Texas flag seized from Texan prisoners during a Mexican raid on San Antonio and a subsequent battle at Mier, Mexico, 1842

Background image1840s Collection: First Class Refreshment Rooms, Swindon Station, c. 1840s

First Class Refreshment Rooms, Swindon Station, c. 1840s
This illustration shows a number of ladies and gentlemen in the First Class Refreshment Rooms at Swindon Junction Station, c.1840s

Background image1840s Collection: Franklins expedition seeking Northwest Passage

Franklins expedition seeking Northwest Passage
Seals and sea-birds watch as Sir John Franklins Erebus and Terror sail cautiously between Arctic icebergs

Background image1840s Collection: A postman in the Scottish Highlands

A postman in the Scottish Highlands
A postman delivers a letter on foot in the Scottish Highlands

Background image1840s Collection: Brunels Thames Tunnel

Brunels Thames Tunnel
Brunels Thames tunnel - the method of work, whereby a number of labourers could work side by side

Background image1840s Collection: View of Tbilisi (Tiflis), Georgia

View of Tbilisi (Tiflis), Georgia
View of Tbilisi (known as Tiflis until 1936), capital of Georgia, formerly part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, until independence in 1991

Background image1840s Collection: Glamis Castle, Forfarshire, Scotland

Glamis Castle, Forfarshire, Scotland
View of Glamis Castle in Forfarshire, Scotland

Background image1840s Collection: Ashington Tithe Map, 1847

Ashington Tithe Map, 1847
By Joseph Butler. 26.6 in. to 1 m. Original map size 81in. × 49in. Tithe Award Map Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: TD/W6

Background image1840s Collection: St Michaels Hospital, Aylsham, Norfolk

St Michaels Hospital, Aylsham, Norfolk. The building, designed by William J Donthorn, was erected in 1848-9 as the Aylsham Union Workhouse

Background image1840s Collection: Reception of Jacques de Molay. 1840s; Reception

Reception of Jacques de Molay. 1840s; Reception of Jacques de Molay. 1840s. Work by GRANET, Fran篩s Marius (1775-1849); GRANET, Fran篩s Marius (1775-1849). Oil on canvas. FRANCE. Avignon

Background image1840s Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- underside view with covering fabric in place. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background image1840s Collection: Pegwell Bay

Pegwell Bay. Date: circa 1840s

Background image1840s Collection: Humanised turkey in the role of a banker

Humanised turkey in the role of a banker
A humanised turkey dressed in a suit, cast in the role of a fat banker, surrounded by bags of money

Background image1840s Collection: Humanised elephant in the role of a bon viveur

Humanised elephant in the role of a bon viveur
A humanised elephant, wearing waistcoat, trousers and tailcoat, cast in the role of a bon viveur, with corks popping out of wine bottles behind him

Background image1840s Collection: View of Mount Zion, Jerusalem

View of Mount Zion, Jerusalem
A view of Mount Zion, Jerusalem

Background image1840s Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- sectional views of the boiler. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background image1840s Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- enlarged view of the steam engine. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background image1840s Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- enlarged view of the car or carriage. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883) in 1842. 1843

Background image1840s Collection: Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage

Hensons Aerial Steam Carriage
The Aerial Steam Carriage -- side view of the main frame, and plan of the controlling tail. This flying machine was patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) and John Stringfellow (1799-1883)

Background image1840s Collection: Bristol Temple Meads Station c. 1840s

Bristol Temple Meads Station c. 1840s
Reproduction of a lithograph showing Brunels original Bristol Temple Meads Station in about the 1840s. Carriages are passing the facade of the station and ladies are strolling nearby

Background image1840s Collection: Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration

Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration -- No. IX, The Beginning and the End. 1848



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Step back in time to the 1840s, a decade filled with remarkable events and intriguing landmarks. Explore the Swindon Works Map, dating back to the c. 1940s, and uncover the secrets of this industrial hub. Delve into history as you learn about Erebus and Terror, the ill-fated ships that embarked on Franklin's last trip to discover the Northwest Passage. Marvel at Yggdrasil, known as the Tree of Life in Norse mythology, symbolizing resilience and interconnectedness. Journey to Warwick County Mental Hospital in Hatton, Warwickshire - a place shrouded in mystery where stories of hope and despair intertwine. Stand tall beside Old Hartlepool Lighthouse in northeast England; its beacon guiding sailors through treacherous waters for centuries. On Scotland's west coast stands Skerryvore Lighthouse - an architectural marvel defying nature's fury while safeguarding countless lives at sea. Immerse yourself in scientific discovery with a 19th-century alga cyanotype - capturing nature's beauty through early photographic techniques. Uncover maritime history with a plan of ship SS Great Britain - witness technological advancements that revolutionized travel across oceans during this era. Gaze upon JMW Turner's masterpiece "The Angel Standing in the Sun, " painted in 1846; let his brushstrokes transport you to ethereal realms beyond imagination. Study Cowfold tithe map from 1840 - an intricate document revealing land ownership patterns within rural communities during this transformative period. Descend into The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe; experience Victorian engineering ingenuity firsthand beneath London’s bustling streets. Finally, peer behind Pentonville Prison's imposing walls located in Islington, North London – contemplate society’s approach towards justice during this tumultuous time. The 1840s encapsulate an era teeming with innovation, tragedy, artistry, and societal change – each hint offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of this captivating decade.