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Pollution Collection

Background imagePollution Collection: Tate & Lyle Refinery

Tate & Lyle Refinery
A coastal barge sailing by the famous Tate and Lyle sugar refinery works, Plaistow Wharf, off Silvertown, North Woolwich, east London

Background imagePollution Collection: Liverpool & Mersey Tug

Liverpool & Mersey Tug
The Mersey tug The Minegarth, approaching the Pier Head at Liverpool, Merseyside, England, with the Royal Liver Building beyond. Date: 1950s

Background imagePollution Collection: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station
The chimneys of Battersea Power Station, view across the River Thames, from Chelsea Reach, London

Background imagePollution Collection: Scunthorpe Iron Works

Scunthorpe Iron Works
Iron-smelting works at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England

Background imagePollution Collection: Miners Coming to Work

Miners Coming to Work
Welsh men and women mineworkers coming to work in the early morning

Background imagePollution Collection: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station
Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, building began in 1933. It was the first of a series of very large electric generators set up in order to nationalize the grid

Background imagePollution Collection: Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning

Welwyn Garden City, an example of town planning
An advertisement for new houses and industrial sites at the new town of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, an example of town planning, designed to take people away from polluted cities

Background imagePollution Collection: Cwmpennar Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales

Cwmpennar Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales
View of Cwmpennar Colliery (also known as the Powell Duffryn Colliery), Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, South Wales

Background imagePollution Collection: Corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London

Corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London
National Westminster Bank building on the corner of Baker Street and Dorset Street, Marylebone, London. Date: circa 1905

Background imagePollution Collection: Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales

Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales
View of the Marine Colliery, Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales. Date: early 20th century

Background imagePollution Collection: Silent Highwayman

Silent Highwayman
Death - The Silent Highway-Man of the polluted River Thames

Background imagePollution Collection: Harley Street, London W1

Harley Street, London W1
Harley Street (looking south), London. Date: circa 1910

Background imagePollution Collection: Penrhiwceibr Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales

Penrhiwceibr Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales
View of Penrhiwceibr (Penrhiwceiber) Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales. The colliery closed in 1985

Background imagePollution Collection: BSC works, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, South Wales

BSC works, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, South Wales
View of the BSC (British Steel Corporation) works in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, South Wales, with rows of houses in the foreground

Background imagePollution Collection: Smoke of the Potteries

Smoke of the Potteries
The pall of smoke from the factories of the Potteries - the six towns of Staffordshire where the ceramic industry is located. Date: early 20th century

Background imagePollution Collection: Court for King Cholera

Court for King Cholera
A Court for King Cholera

Background imagePollution Collection: Lambeth Bridge 1950S

Lambeth Bridge 1950S
Industrial steam tugs passing underneath Lambeth Bridge, London, England

Background imagePollution Collection: Old Town and Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Old Town and Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Old Town and Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, seen from Princes Street, with some smoking chimneys in the foreground

Background imagePollution Collection: 1957 nuclear test: Fall-out

1957 nuclear test: Fall-out
Fallout: The sinister and prolonged after-effect of nuclear explosions: a drawing illustrating some characteristics of this haunting phenomenon.An illustration by special Illustrated London News

Background imagePollution Collection: Road Works in Whitehall, London, 1882

Road Works in Whitehall, London, 1882
Engraving, originally entitled Horse Guards under Fire again, showing a group of workmen re-surfacing the road in Whitehall, London, 1882

Background imagePollution Collection: Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, North London

Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, North London. Date: circa 1905

Background imagePollution Collection: Jousofka (Yusovka, Stalino, Donetsk), Ukraine

Jousofka (Yusovka, Stalino, Donetsk), Ukraine
General view of Jousofka (Yusovka, Stalino, Donetsk), an industrial city in eastern Ukraine

Background imagePollution Collection: Victoria Colliery, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales

Victoria Colliery, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, South Wales
View of the Victoria Colliery, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, South Wales

Background imagePollution Collection: Gerald Road Police Station, Belgravia, London

Gerald Road Police Station, Belgravia, London
Gerald Road Police Station (left), Belgravia, London. Date: circa 1910

Background imagePollution Collection: Ferndale Colliery and Tylorstown, Glamorgan, South Wales

Ferndale Colliery and Tylorstown, Glamorgan, South Wales
View of Ferndale Colliery (also known as Blaenllechau Colliery) and Tylorstown, Rhondda Valley, Glamorgan, South Wales

Background imagePollution Collection: Anti-Flu Masks

Anti-Flu Masks
A man and a woman wearing anti-flu masks. These masks cover the nose and mouth and are designed to prevent germs spreading. They may work but they look very curious!

Background imagePollution Collection: Holloway Road, Islington, North London

Holloway Road, Islington, North London, with a large public house on the corner. Date: circa 1905

Background imagePollution Collection: Industrial panorama, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, early 1900s

Industrial panorama, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, early 1900s

Background imagePollution Collection: Harley Street and Queen Anne Street, London

Harley Street and Queen Anne Street, London
Corner of Harley Street and Queen Anne Street, London. circa 1905

Background imagePollution Collection: Noise Pollution

Noise Pollution
A knife-grinder, a milkmaid, dogs, beggars, musicians, a coalman, and a dustman, a postboy with his horn and a child with her rattle - noise pollution in the 18th century

Background imagePollution Collection: Father Thames Diseases

Father Thames Diseases
Father Thames introducing his offspring to the fair city of London; diphtheria, scrofula and cholera

Background imagePollution Collection: Woolwich Power Station, SE London

Woolwich Power Station, SE London, with coal barges on the River Thames. Date: circa 1950s

Background imagePollution Collection: Aerial view, landing stage, Liverpool

Aerial view, landing stage, Liverpool
Aerial photo landing stage at Liverpool, showing the Liver, Cunard, Dock Office, India, and Midland Bank buildings

Background imagePollution Collection: Dorset Square, NW London

Dorset Square, NW London. Date: circa 1910

Background imagePollution Collection: Horse buses in Baker Street, Marylebone, London

Horse buses in Baker Street, Marylebone, London. Date: circa 1905

Background imagePollution Collection: View of Robert Street, off Albany Street, NW London

View of Robert Street, off Albany Street, NW London
View of Robert Street, off Albany Street, London, with a motor tyre repair shop on the corner. Date: circa 1908

Background imagePollution Collection: Aerial view, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales

Aerial view, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales
Aerial view of Tirpentwys Colliery near Pontypool in South Wales

Background imagePollution Collection: Garden Bonfire

Garden Bonfire
Billowing smoke pollution caused by a garden bonfire. Date: 1960s

Background imagePollution Collection: Landscape view of Dudleys iron works. Showing the pollution

Landscape view of Dudleys iron works. Showing the pollution
Night-time view of Dudley in the West Midlands and its iron works

Background imagePollution Collection: England / Canvey Island

England / Canvey Island
The old sea wall which encircles Canvey Island, Essex, at the mouth of the River Thames. The wall was built about 1623 by the Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyder

Background imagePollution Collection: Smoke Makers / Punch / Poll

Smoke Makers / Punch / Poll
Smoke makers

Background imagePollution Collection: Bradford Town Centre and Town Hall, West Yorkshire

Bradford Town Centre and Town Hall, West Yorkshire. 1930s

Background imagePollution Collection: Satire on polluted water supply in London

Satire on polluted water supply in London
Fun makes a comment on diseased water supply. 18 August 1866

Background imagePollution Collection: White Star Line, Titanic and Olympic postcards

White Star Line, Titanic and Olympic postcards. Top: the Olympic The Largest Vessel in the World'. Bottom: G D Courtney real photographic postcard of the Titanic in sepia

Background imagePollution Collection: Aerial view, Universal Exhibition of Paris 1889

Aerial view, Universal Exhibition of Paris 1889
Aerial view of the Universal Exhibition of Paris, 1889 Date: 1889

Background imagePollution Collection: The Devil and pollution

The Devil and pollution
Even in the early 1900s the issue of pollution was causing concern. The German artist Heinrich Kley exhibited landscapes and portraits with the Munich Secession

Background imagePollution Collection: Dirty Father Thames 1848

Dirty Father Thames 1848
Dirty Father Thames stands in the river water hooking detritus and rubbish that's floating there: old shoes and boots, dead fish, bottles, dead mice and rats

Background imagePollution Collection: Porter in smog, Smithfield Market, London

Porter in smog, Smithfield Market, London
Porter pulling a loaded cart through the smog, Smithfield Market, London, December 1962. Air pollution of this kind was very hazardous to health. Date: 1962



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