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Publicity Collection

Background imagePublicity Collection: Poster for Cheltenham Races, 1936

Poster for Cheltenham Races, 1936
Advertising Poster for Cheltenham Races, 1936. This poster shows the way that the Publicity Department used events such as race meetings to encourage the public to travel by train

Background imagePublicity Collection: Eastgate Street, Chester, c1890s

Eastgate Street, Chester, c1890s
This image comes from a Photochrom carriage print used by the Great Western Railway in the late 1800s. The picture shows a view of the historic timber-frame buildings in the centre of Chester

Background imagePublicity Collection: The Cheltenham Flyer book, 1934

The Cheltenham Flyer book, 1934
The Cheltenham Flyer book aimed at the male railway enthusiast, published in 1934

Background imagePublicity Collection: Barry Island Beach, Wales, 1920s

Barry Island Beach, Wales, 1920s
View of Barry Island beach and Whitmore Bay, Glamorgan, south Wales in summer 1920s. Holidaymakers are enjoying the sunshine while having fun on the beach and lying in deckchairs

Background imagePublicity Collection: Holiday Haunts guide book, 1947

Holiday Haunts guide book, 1947
A 1947 edition of the popular Holiday Haunts guide books published by the GWR. A glamorous blonde poses in a white two-part swimming costume in front of a lively beach scene

Background imagePublicity Collection: Buffet Car No 9631, c1934

Buffet Car No 9631, c1934
GWR Publicity photograph Built 1934 to diagram H41. Currently on display at STEAM Museum of the GWR, Swindon

Background imagePublicity Collection: Windsor, August 1928

Windsor, August 1928
A GWR Publicity view of Windsor and the River Thames in Berkshire, August 1928. A boat of holidaymakers and people on day trips are travelling along the river

Background imagePublicity Collection: Swindon Station, 1930

Swindon Station, 1930
Two GWR publicity omnibuses sit outside Swindon Junction station in 1930, promoting the companys tourist route

Background imagePublicity Collection: The Fishguard Bay Hotel, Goodwick, c1930s

The Fishguard Bay Hotel, Goodwick, c1930s
This impressive hotel was owned by the Great Western Railway. At its height in the 1930s it offered 40 rooms for guests. The hotel also provided golf, tennis, boating and billiards

Background imagePublicity Collection: St Ives Station, Porthminster Beach and Pitch & Putt, c. 1950s

St Ives Station, Porthminster Beach and Pitch & Putt, c. 1950s
A view of St Ives Station, Porthminster Beach and the Pitch & Putt at St Ives, Cornwall, c.1950s. The station opened in 1877

Background imagePublicity Collection: Wymans Bookstall at Paddington Station, 1913

Wymans Bookstall at Paddington Station, 1913
This bookstall is cramed full of books, leaflets and posters. GWR publicity can clearly been seen in this image

Background imagePublicity Collection: Great Western Railway Excursion Handbill, 1909

Great Western Railway Excursion Handbill, 1909
Advertising Easter Tuesday Excursion to London Paddington on April 13th 1909. Lists details of football match at Park Royal between QPR and Reading

Background imagePublicity Collection: Windsor and Eton, 1939

Windsor and Eton, 1939
A GWR Publicity view of Windsor and Eton, Berkshire in 1939. Windsor Castle overlooks the River Thames, while boats full of holidaymakers and day trippers travel along the river in the sunshine

Background imagePublicity Collection: High Street, Clydach (Swansea), c. 1910

High Street, Clydach (Swansea), c. 1910
A view looking up towards the High Street from Hebron Road. St Marys Church can be seen just in view to the right of the image

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publication, Through the Window, 1927

GWR Publication, Through the Window, 1927
The GWR tourist guide, Through the Window, was first published in 1924. The guide was a travel companion for passengers on trains between London Paddington and Penzance, Birkenhead and Killarny

Background imagePublicity Collection: Chalford, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, June 1937

Chalford, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, June 1937
A GWR Publicity view of Chalford, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, June 1937. With the distinctive pattern of settlements in the Frome Valley

Background imagePublicity Collection: Portreath, Cornwall, September 1928

Portreath, Cornwall, September 1928
A GWR publicity view of Portreath, near Redruth in Cornwall, September 1928. Portreath beach lies below with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine on the North Cornish coast

Background imagePublicity Collection: Burrator Lake, Devon, August 1928

Burrator Lake, Devon, August 1928
View of Burrator Reservoir, Devon, August 1928 showing the suspension bridge and dam. A small group of people are admiring the vista from the path

Background imagePublicity Collection: Church Steps in Minehead, Somerset, August 1933

Church Steps in Minehead, Somerset, August 1933
A GWR Publicity view from Vicarage Road looking up Church Steps to the 14th century St Michaels Church in Minehead, Somerset during August 1933

Background imagePublicity Collection: Paddington Station No. 2 Booking Hall, 1936

Paddington Station No. 2 Booking Hall, 1936
This image was taken in 1936 after extensive modernisation was made to Paddington Station. This image shows holiday posters advertising Wolverhampton

Background imagePublicity Collection: Burnham-on-Sea beach, August 1927

Burnham-on-Sea beach, August 1927
A busy beach scene here, looking north from the pier. The esplanade and sea defences were completed in 1911

Background imagePublicity Collection: Weymouth, August 1929

Weymouth, August 1929
Holidaymakers on the beach at Weymouth in the 1929. There are white beach tents and deckchairs, with people sunbathing and playing games nearby

Background imagePublicity Collection: First Class Waiting Room at Paddington Station, 1912

First Class Waiting Room at Paddington Station, 1912
First Class passengers were able to wait for their trains in the comfort of this waiting room at Paddington station in the early 20th century

Background imagePublicity Collection: Looe, Cornwall, August 1936

Looe, Cornwall, August 1936
A GWR Publicity view of the small coastal town of Looe in Cornwall, August 1936. Holidaymakers are swimming in the sea just off East Looe Beach with small fishing boats further out in the water

Background imagePublicity Collection: The Golden Sands of Wales, 1924

The Golden Sands of Wales, 1924
This illustration of The Golden Sands of Wales comes from a souvenir booklet produced by the GWR to coincide with the 1924 British Empire Exhibition

Background imagePublicity Collection: Winter in the West publicity guide, 1933

Winter in the West publicity guide, 1933
This publicity brochure was produced by the GWR in 1933. It was designed by Leonard Cusden and used to promote winter holiday destinations

Background imagePublicity Collection: Stonehenge, Wiltshire, c. 1920s

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, c. 1920s
A GWR Publicity view of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, c.1920s. The massive sarsen monoliths of this famous ancient monument lie fallen on Salisbury Plain

Background imagePublicity Collection: Norman Gate, Windsor Castle, 1930

Norman Gate, Windsor Castle, 1930
A GWR Publicity view of the Norman Gate at Windsor Castle, Berkshire in 1930, where gardens meet fortifications

Background imagePublicity Collection: Cannon Yard at Eton College, July 1928

Cannon Yard at Eton College, July 1928
A GWR Publicity view of Cannon Yard at Eton College, July 1928. The cannon was captured during the Crimean War at Sevastopol in 1855

Background imagePublicity Collection: Steventon, Oxfordshire, June 1928

Steventon, Oxfordshire, June 1928
A GWR Publicity view of the picturesque village of Steventon in Oxfordshire, June 1928. A row of pretty villas and cottages line the road opposite an avenue of trees

Background imagePublicity Collection: Fowey, Cornwall, c. 1930s

Fowey, Cornwall, c. 1930s
A GWR Publicity view of Fowey in Cornwall, c.1930s. A small group of holidaymakers sit on the rocks overlooking the Fowey River. There is a diving board near them with a gull sitting on it

Background imagePublicity Collection: Penzance Promenade, 1930s

Penzance Promenade, 1930s
A GWR Publicity view of Penzance Promenade, Cornwall in the 1930s around the time the lido was constructed. Holidaymakers are strolling along the promenade near the buildings on the seafront in

Background imagePublicity Collection: Sennen Cove, Cornwall, c. 1910

Sennen Cove, Cornwall, c. 1910
A GWR Publicity view of Sennen Cove (Porth Senan), near Lands End, Cornwall, c.1910. The pale sand of Sennen Beach stretches into the distance as the coastline curves round to form a quiet Cornish

Background imagePublicity Collection: Cadgwith, Cornwall, c. 1920s

Cadgwith, Cornwall, c. 1920s
View of the village of Cadgwith, Cornwall, c.1920s. The beach is just visible behind a number of cottages and boat shed buildings

Background imagePublicity Collection: Barry Island, Wales, August 1938

Barry Island, Wales, August 1938
View of Barry Island beach, Glamorgan, south Wales, summer 1938. The beach is very, very busy with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine and lounging in deckchairs

Background imagePublicity Collection: Barry Island, Glamorgan, Wales, August 1927

Barry Island, Glamorgan, Wales, August 1927
View of Barry Island beach and Whitmore Bay, Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales, summer 1927. The beach is filled with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine and lounging in deckchairs

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in the Wye Valley

GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in the Wye Valley
This guide was published by the GWR in 1938. It promoted rambling and walking in areas accessible by train on their network

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Guide - Camping and Rambling Holidays

GWR Publicity Guide - Camping and Rambling Holidays
This guide was published by the GWR in 1937. It promoted camping and rambling holidays in areas accessible by train on their network. Similar guides to this one were produced throughout the 1930s

Background imagePublicity Collection: GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in Shakespeare Land and the Cotswolds

GWR Publicity Guide - Rambles in Shakespeare Land and the Cotswolds
This guide was published by the GWR in 1938. It promoted rambling and walking in areas accessible by train on their network

Background imagePublicity Collection: River Dee at Chester, Cheshire, 1924

River Dee at Chester, Cheshire, 1924
A GWR Publicity view of the River Dee at Chester, Cheshire, in 1924. The River Dee winds its way through north Wales, through the city of Chester and out towards the Dee Estuary

Background imagePublicity Collection: High Street Gate, Salisbury, Wiltshire, May 1947

High Street Gate, Salisbury, Wiltshire, May 1947
A GWR Publicity view of High Street Gate, Salisbury, Wiltshire in May 1947. The gate is the main entrance to Salisburys historic Cathedral Close and was built between 1327 and 1342

Background imagePublicity Collection: High Street Gate, Salisbury, May 1947

High Street Gate, Salisbury, May 1947
A GWR Publicity view of High Street Gate, Salisbury, Wiltshire in May 1947. The gate is the main entrance to Salisburys historic Cathedral Close and was built between 1327 and 1342

Background imagePublicity Collection: Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire

Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
A GWR Publicity view of a quiet road lined with thatched cottages in Princes Risborough, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Background imagePublicity Collection: Princes Risborough, July 1926

Princes Risborough, July 1926
A GWR Publicity view of Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire in July 1926. A thatched cottage lies on the corner of a road

Background imagePublicity Collection: Pittville Park, Cheltenham, c. 1952

Pittville Park, Cheltenham, c. 1952
A GWR Publicity view of landscaped gardens in Cheltenham, believed to be Pittville Park, Gloucestershire, c.1952. A quiet boating lake is surrounded by weeping willows and other ornamental trees

Background imagePublicity Collection: Lechlade Halfpenny Bridge, September 1948

Lechlade Halfpenny Bridge, September 1948
A GWR Publicity view of the Halfpenny Bridge over the River Thames in Lechlade (Lechlade-on-Thames), near the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, September 1948

Background imagePublicity Collection: Lechlade, Gloucestershire, September 1948

Lechlade, Gloucestershire, September 1948
A GWR Publicity view of Lechlade (Lechlade-on-Thames), near the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, September 1948. A herd of cows are grazing in a meadow with the River Thames flowing before them



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