Views of England and Wales

University of Leicester Special Collections Online provides free access to a series of digital resources from the David Wilson Library, including My Leicestershire History, Manufacturing Pasts, Historical Directories and other material from the collections of rare books, images and archives.

For more information go to https://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/digital

About this collection

The Views of England and Wales collection from the Centre for Regional and Local History at the University of Leicester comprises just over 2000 digitised topographic prints, paintings, drawings and photographs, most of which date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, plus a small number from the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

Subjects in this fantastic resource include rural landscapes, urban landscapes, seascapes, castles, churches, ruins, country houses, architecture, maps and building plans, as well as portraits, objects, depictions of historical events and much more. 

You, or anyone you think might be interested, can freely view the collection using the link https://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/digital/collection/p16445coll16

There is also an online exhibition providing an introduction to the collection at https://elhleics.omeka.net/exhibits/show/an-introduction-to-views-of-en

In addition, there is a short blog on the importance and value of the collection which can be found at https://le.ac.uk/english-local-history/research/blog

The collection is organised by historic county with almost all of those in England represented, as well as a small number in Wales. Coverage varies between counties but those that are particularly well-represented include Gloucestershire and Yorkshire. Many of the prints are also accompanied by notes, which provide additional contextual information. These have also been digitised and are identified in the item description.

Note: the Engraver field encompasses both etchers and lithographers, in addition to engravers.

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