English Heritage today launched a new website, Britain from Above, that will host little-seen images of London taken between 1919 and 1953. Part of a commercial collection of aerial photographs, this treasure trove of historic shots has been painstakingly restored and digitised over several years.
The new website invites users to upload images and customise galleries, and also help English Heritage identify the locations of images that have thus far remained elusive to researchers.
As well as the images above, the London part of the collection includes shots of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Wimbledon, the Bank of England and Royal Exchange, Lambeth Bridge and the Olympia Exhibition Centre, among many others.
The project is not yet complete. By 2014, there will be nearly 100,000 images of Britain available online.
All images courtesy of English Heritage.