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Changing Landscapes

Changing Landscapes

The Changing Landscapes theme maps how the transport industry has impacted upon the environments that host it. Click the links below to see images from the Archive on this theme.

Ten Great Central bridges

A latecomer to the railway system, the Great Central had to span cities and valleys and pass beneath roads:

Girder bridge over Arkwright Street in Nottingham.
Girder bridge over Arkwright Street in Nottingham.

Building the Soar Lane bridge, Leicester.
Building the Soar Lane bridge, Leicester.

Stanford on Soar viaduct, Nottingham.
Stanford on Soar viaduct, Nottingham.

Iron girder bridge near High Wycombe.
Iron girder bridge near High Wycombe.

Brick arch viaduct, Sheffield.
Brick arch viaduct, Sheffield.

Bridge 438 north of Newton.
Bridge 438 north of Newton.

Constructing the bridge over the Midland Railway Station, Nottingham.
Constructing the bridge over the Midland Railway Station, Nottingham.

Bulwell Viaduct, Nottinghamshire.
Bulwell Viaduct, Nottinghamshire.

Footbridge at South Harrow.
Footbridge at South Harrow.

Northgates Bridge, Leicester, nears completion.
Northgates Bridge, Leicester, nears completion.

Filton through the decades

These aerial views show how Filton's landscape has changed over the previous 70 years:

Filton in the 1930s Filton in the 1950s
Bristol Flying School, 1930s. Rolls Royce, Patchway, 1950s.
Filton in the 1970s Filton in the 1990s
Filton runway in the 1970s. West Works Rolls Royce, 1990s.

Ten Landscape Keywords

Pick a keyword from the list below and click search:

Tunnel Cutting
Runway Bridge
Factory Excavation
Building Mining
Road Garden

Trafford Park buildings

Trafford Park was the world's first purpose built industrial park. Here are four of its factories and buildings:

Grain elevator no. 1. Metropolitan Vickers experimental radio aerial.
Grain elevator no. 1. Metropolitan Vickers
experimental radio aerial.
The Trafford Park Hotel. The Ford automobile factory.
The Trafford Park Hotel The Ford automobile factory.

Tunnels and Cuttings

Canal builders had to dig routes through and beneath the land, using natural features to their best advantage where possible. Here are some examples of their excavations:

Inclined ramp at Partington. Brickwork from Worsley underground canal.
Inclined ramp at Partington. Brickwork from Worsley underground canal.
Navvies at work cutting the Manchester Ship Canal. Waters meet at Worsley underground canal.
Navvies at work cutting the Manchester Ship Canal. Waters meet at Worsley underground canal.

Four aircraft hangars

As technology advanced and aeroplanes changed, the buildings that they were built and kept in had to adapt. Here are four examples of aircraft hangars:

Aerial view of western airfield hangars. Interior of West Works hangars.
Aerial view of western airfield hangars. Interior of West Works hangars.
Rolls Royce flight test hangar. Purpose built Brabazon hall.
Rolls Royce flight test hangar. Purpose built Brabazon hall.