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"Built to withstand the test of time, these iconic structures and moments showcase human ingenuity and craftsmanship throughout history

Background imageBuilt Collection: Cessna O-1A Bird Dog 51-7362

Cessna O-1A Bird Dog 51-7362
United States Army - Cessna O-1A Bird Dog 51-7362 (msn 22096), of the 140th Aviation Battalion, California National Guard, at Long Beach, on 3 July 1966

Background imageBuilt Collection: Runcorn-Widnes Bridge

Runcorn-Widnes Bridge
A striking impression of the then newly built Runcorn - Widnes Bridge, which connects Cheshire with Lancashire, across the Manchester Ship Canal. Date: 1962

Background imageBuilt Collection: Captain Woolf Barnato with his Bentley

Captain Woolf Barnato with his Bentley
Captain Woolf Barnato with his Speed Six Bentley fitted with a racing body. Woolf Barnato had just beaten the Blue Train from Monte Carlo to Calais in this (or similar) car

Background imageBuilt Collection: RMS Carpathia, 1903

RMS Carpathia, 1903
Photograph of the Cunard Lines RMS Carpathia, launched by the Swan Hunter Shipyard, in 1902. She was the first vessel built for the Cunard Line which was exclusively for second

Background imageBuilt Collection: Bauhaus Building

Bauhaus Building
The Bauhaus building in Dessau, manufacturing city in eastern Germany. The building was built in 1925 - 26 by the German architect Walter Gropius. Date: 1930s

Background imageBuilt Collection: Rugby at Murrayfield stadium, Scotland

Rugby at Murrayfield stadium, Scotland
Scotland triumphs over England in the Calcutta Cup championship, during the opening match for the newly built Murrayfield stadium which was inaugurated in March 1925. Date: 1925

Background imageBuilt Collection: Royal Holloway College

Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey, was one of the first womens colleges in England, when it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1886. Designed by W.H. Crossland for T. Holloway

Background imageBuilt Collection: Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, England. King Edwin built a small church here c. 630. St. Hilda founded a monastery in 656. The present ruined Norman Abbey was built circa 1222. Date: founded circa 656

Background imageBuilt Collection: Four of the Eddystone Lighthouses

Four of the Eddystone Lighthouses
Engraving of the four Eddystone Lighthouses. From left to right: the first lighthouse (1699) built by Henry Winstanley; the second lighthouse (1708) built by John Rudyerd; the third lighthouse (1759)

Background imageBuilt Collection: Saint Fiacre in Field

Saint Fiacre in Field
SAINT FIACRE Irish hermit in France, who built the abbey of Breuil and is the patron saint of gardeners

Background imageBuilt Collection: Whitley Bay Lighthouse

Whitley Bay Lighthouse
The lighthouse on St. Marys Island, off Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England. Built in 1898, it was in use until 1984. Date: built 1898

Background imageBuilt Collection: Westfield SEI British

Westfield SEI British

Background imageBuilt Collection: Class 40 Diesel-electric locomotive - English Electric Co

Class 40 Diesel-electric locomotive - English Electric Co
One of the new 2000 b.h.p. Class 40 diesel-electric locomotives built by The English Electric Company Ltd. in conjunction with the Vulcan Foundry Ltd

Background imageBuilt Collection: Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London

Mount Pleasant Hotel, Kings Cross, London
The Mount Pleasant Hotel at the corner of Kings Cross Road and Calthorpe Street, Central London. The building was originally erected in 1894 as one of Londons six Rowton Houses - large

Background imageBuilt Collection: HMS Duke of York firing a broadside; Second World War

HMS Duke of York firing a broadside; Second World War
Photograph showing the Royal Navy battleship HMS Duke of York firing her 14-inch guns, whilst heavy seas break over her bows, sometime during the Second World War

Background imageBuilt Collection: Hanging Gardens Babylon

Hanging Gardens Babylon
Allegedly built by Nebushadnezzar II for his wife Amyitis, who missed her homeland, Iraq. They were grown on terraces & used water from the Euphrates River

Background imageBuilt Collection: HMS Implacable, 1920

HMS Implacable, 1920
Photograph of HMS Implacable, formerly the Duguay-Trouin, 1920. This ship was built in France in 1789, served at Trafalgar, and was captured by the Royal Navy shortly thereafter

Background imageBuilt Collection: Bridges on the Tyne

Bridges on the Tyne
The handsome bridges connecting Gateshead and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Great Tyne Bridge arches over Stephensons High Level Bridge, a double-decker built in 1846

Background imageBuilt Collection: Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
The IMPERIAL HOTEL, TOKYO : designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, built 1915-1922, survived 1923 earthquake, demolished 1967

Background imageBuilt Collection: Edinburgh Castle 1940S

Edinburgh Castle 1940S
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. Built on a volcanic mass of rock known as Castle Rock, this fortress has proved itself to be one of the most impregnable in Scotland

Background imageBuilt Collection: Bishop Rock Lighthouse in a gale

Bishop Rock Lighthouse in a gale
The Bishop Rock Lighthouse in a Force 8 gale. Bishop Rock is a small rock at the westernmost tip of the Isles of Scilly. It is the smallest island in the world to have a building on it

Background imageBuilt Collection: Consolidated PBY Catalina (aft) climbing away of Boein

Consolidated PBY Catalina (aft) climbing away of Boeing built PB2B-2

Background imageBuilt Collection: Youghal Clock Gate

Youghal Clock Gate
The famous Youghal Clock Gate, in the seaport of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, was built in 1777 on the site of Trinity Castle, part of the towns fortifications. Date: 18th century

Background imageBuilt Collection: Aqueduct in Segovia. 1st c. SPAIN. CASTILE AND

Aqueduct in Segovia. 1st c. SPAIN. CASTILE AND LEON. SEGOVIA. Segovia. Roman aqueduct, built at the of 1st century. Roman art. Early Empire. Architecture

Background imageBuilt Collection: Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle, Wales, was built by King Edward I (1239 - 1307) on the site of an older building. The last Royalist castle to hold out for Charles I in the English Civil War

Background imageBuilt Collection: Castle Rising / Norfolk

Castle Rising / Norfolk
Castle Rising, Norfolk (built by William d Albini in 1176)

Background imageBuilt Collection: Sailing Ship / Nonsuch

Sailing Ship / Nonsuch
The replica of the sailing ship the Nonsuch, built in 1970. The original ship sailed to Canada in 1668 and played a part in the establishment of the Hudson Bay Company

Background imageBuilt Collection: Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour

Sandbanks Chain Ferry No. 1 - Entrance to Poole Harbour
The No.1 steam-powered Sandbanks chain ferry. Sandbanks Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry which crosses the entrance of Poole Harbour in the English county of Dorset

Background imageBuilt Collection: Bristol 156 Beaufighter IV a quartet in quest of their

Bristol 156 Beaufighter IV a quartet in quest of their quarry Just under 6, 000 Beaufighters were to be built

Background imageBuilt Collection: LIBYA. TRIPOLI. Leptis Magna. Forum of Septimius

LIBYA. TRIPOLI. Leptis Magna. Forum of Septimius Severus. Forum built after the rise to the empire of Lucius Septimius Severus in 193. Sculptural detail with Gorgons head. Roman art. Early Empire

Background imageBuilt Collection: Boeing 377 SGT Super Guppy F-BTGV Airbus Finningley

Boeing 377 SGT Super Guppy F-BTGV Airbus Finningley
The first of a total of 4 Super Guppy Turbines to be built by Aero Spacelines. Flew for Airbus for more than 20 years transporting Concorde and Airbus sections

Background imageBuilt Collection: Building of a prefabricated houses in 3 hours 1945

Building of a prefabricated houses in 3 hours 1945
During the Second World War many houses were destroyed, due to this, prefabricated houses (prefabs) were built, quickly and cheaply providing quality housing with all the amenities, central heating

Background imageBuilt Collection: Canberra: the swimming-pool

Canberra: the swimming-pool
Colour illustration depicting the swimming pool of P&Os super-liner Canberra. Designed by architects Casson and Rendle, the pool was of white mosaic and set within tiers of sunbathing terraces

Background imageBuilt Collection: SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 1900

SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, 1900
Photograph of the North German Lloyd Liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse at sea, 1900. This liner was built by the Vulcan Shipyards at Stettin with the aim of winning the Blue Riband

Background imageBuilt Collection: Hot air balloon over plain of Bagan in misty morning, Mandalay, Myanmar

Hot air balloon over plain of Bagan in misty morning, Mandalay, Myanmar

Background imageBuilt Collection: HMAS Sydney - Chatham Class Light Cruiser Built 1911-13

HMAS Sydney - Chatham Class Light Cruiser Built 1911-13, Australia. New Royal Australian Navy. Photograph taken on convoy by the HMS Dublin in 1917

Background imageBuilt Collection: PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851

PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851. First building with revolutionary modular, prefabricated design, and use of glass. Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, London

Background imageBuilt Collection: Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving)

Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving)
XJF451336 Hedingham Castle, Essex, engraved by John Carr Armytage, 1832 (engraving) by Bartlett, William Henry (1809-54) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Norman motte and bailey castle)

Background imageBuilt Collection: Airship R38 built for the US Navy at Cardington

Airship R38 built for the US Navy at Cardington and renamed ZR2. Completed in 1921. It crashed over the Humber in August 1921 while on a test flight with a mixed British and American crew. Date: 1921

Background imageBuilt Collection: LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ
A Dennis F7 pump escape at Lambeth HQ, a classic postwar fire engine newly in service in London. It was powered by a 150 bhp 5.7 litre Rolls-Royce engine and served initially at Lambeth Fire Station

Background imageBuilt Collection: GLC-LFB Fire boat - Fire Hawk

GLC-LFB Fire boat - Fire Hawk
Entering service in February 1976, the Fire Hawk was built by Watercraft of Shoreham at a cost of £ 60, 000. Measuring 45 feet in length, 13.5 inch beam and with a 3.5 foot draft

Background imageBuilt Collection: Morecambe Lido

Morecambe Lido
The Super Swimming Stadium, an open air swimming pool (lido) at Morecambe, Lancashire, England, was built in 1936 to compete with nearby Blackpool. Date: built 1936

Background imageBuilt Collection: Hillbrow, Johannesburg

Hillbrow, Johannesburg
Hillbrow Tower (built 1968 - 1971) dominating the Hillbrow district of Johannesburg, South Africa. Date: early 1970s

Background imageBuilt Collection: Chillington Manor

Chillington Manor, now part of the Museum at Maidstone, Kent, England. Date: built 1562

Background imageBuilt Collection: Battistinis Zred Bike

Battistinis Zred Bike

Background imageBuilt Collection: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia - Completed

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia - Completed
A view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia - pictured shortly after construction had finished. The bridge was designed and built by Dorman Long and Co Ltd

Background imageBuilt Collection: The House That Jack Built, by G. Grenville Manton

The House That Jack Built, by G. Grenville Manton
A colour illustration portraying a sailor showing a little boy how to build a house of playing cards

Background imageBuilt Collection: The Lobnitz Shipyard, Renfrew, Scotland, 1912

The Lobnitz Shipyard, Renfrew, Scotland, 1912
Photograph showing the Lobnitz yard at Renfrew on the River Clyde. The Lobnitz company was famous for its rock-cutters and dredgers



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"Built to withstand the test of time, these iconic structures and moments showcase human ingenuity and craftsmanship throughout history. From the heroic RMS Carpathia in 1903, rescuing survivors of the Titanic tragedy, to the elegant Runcorn-Widnes Bridge connecting communities with its architectural marvel. Captain Woolf Barnato's Bentley exudes luxury and precision, a testament to engineering excellence. The Bauhaus Building stands as a symbol of modernist design principles that revolutionized architecture. The Four Eddystone Lighthouses have guided countless sailors through treacherous waters, their sturdy construction enduring fierce storms. The Westfield SEI British car embodies British automotive heritage with its sleek lines and powerful performance on the road. Rugby at Murrayfield stadium in Scotland epitomizes strength and teamwork as players battle it out on hallowed grounds. Even amidst gales, Bishop Rock Lighthouse remains steadfastly guarding ships from perilous rocks—a true beacon of hope in turbulent times. HMS Duke of York firing a broadside during World War II showcases military might harnessed for defense purposes. Artistic mastery comes alive with Saint Fiacre in Field painting depicting nature's beauty nurtured by human hands. Whitley Bay Lighthouse stands tall against crashing waves, guiding seafarers home safely. Lastly, we can't forget about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon—an ancient wonder built to awe generations with lush greenery suspended high above ground level. " In each instance, these remarkable feats remind us that when determination meets skillful craftsmanship, incredible things are built that leave an indelible mark on our world.