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Merchant Venturers Hall, Bristol,c.1920s
A view from Prince Street looking towards Merchant Venturers Hall and The Merchant Arms, both on the corner of King Street. The Hall was the home to the Society of Merchant Venturers and was destroyed during the Bristol Blitz of 1940 and 1941.
Midget Submarine superstructure, 1943
Also built in the Carriage and Wagon Works at Swindon were 50 of these midget submarine superstructures which were produced for the Admiralty. The superstructure was made of mahogany and then covered in outer curtains that protected the driver and his assistant from the flow of water when submerged. All joints had to be precision made in order to prevent any water penetration into the submarine, and the vessel was built to withstand water pressure of 90lb to the square inch, so allowing it to submerge to a considerable depth. The work on the midget submarines was top secret. Only the men directly involved in its design and construction knew about it and they were sworn to secrecy. The screens surrounding the submarine in this image are testament to the sensitive nature of much of the war work carried out at Swindon Works.
Menheniot, Cornwall, May 1949
View of the Cornish village of Menheniot, taken on East Road, May 1949. A man walks along holding the hand of his daughter past a row of cottages. The spire of Saint Lalluwy Menheniot church can be seen poking out from behind the cottage roofs and the village school is at the end of the road.