Photographs of historic England 'challenge Downton Abbey myth'

By Maev Kennedy

Images of 19th- and 20th-century England show reality of rotting houses and poverty amid grand old buildings

Images of factories, schools, universities and civic buildings rising among old streetscapes – but also of rotting houses, barefoot children and faces pinched with poverty – have been unearthed from millions of photographs of late 19th- and early 20th-century England.

Philip Davies, an architectural historian, spent sevens years trawling through the photographs – compiling the best 1,500 into a 558-page book titled Lost England.

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