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English Channel Collection

The English Channel, a stunning body of water that separates the southern coast of England from northern France, is a sight to behold

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Salcombe, Devon, England

Salcombe, Devon, England

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: View to the Seven Sisters from Seaford Head, East Sussex, England, UK

View to the Seven Sisters from Seaford Head, East Sussex, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Weymouth, Dorset, England

Weymouth, Dorset, England

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: River Cuckmere meets the English Channel at Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex

River Cuckmere meets the English Channel at Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, South Downs National Park, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: UK at night from space

UK at night from space
UK at night, as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population. France is at bottom. Image taken on 24th December 2010

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Map of South East England, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire 1891

Map of South East England, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire 1891
Antique Map of Map of South East England, showing Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, and the Isle of Wight 1891

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Abanoned tin mine at Wheal Coates, Cornwall, UK

Abanoned tin mine at Wheal Coates, Cornwall, UK
This abandoned structure used to house a water pumping engine that was used in the mining process

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Sunrise at Old Harry Rocks, Jurassic coast, Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England, UK

Sunrise at Old Harry Rocks, Jurassic coast, Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Matthew Pariss Map of Great Britain showing rivers & towns in the south of England & part of

Matthew Pariss Map of Great Britain showing rivers & towns in the south of England & part of Wales, c. 1250 (1944)
Many place-names are still recognisable today. The word Auster, written over the English Channel at the bottom, refers to wind bringing heavy cloud cover and fog

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) in bright summer mating colours, peering

Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) in bright summer mating colours, peering out from his home in a discarded tube, where he was guarding his eggs (not visible in this photo), Swanage Pier

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: The Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover c1540

The Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover c1540
The Embarkation at Dover c1540. Henry VIII and his fleet setting sail from Dover to Calais on 31 May 1520 on the way to meet Francis I at The Field of Cloth of Gold

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Map of the Cinque Ports (Victorian engraving)

Map of the Cinque Ports (Victorian engraving)
An old map of the Cinque Ports, which are five historic ports on the south-eastern corner of Kent, England. The Confederation of Cinque Ports (Cinque is pronounced asinka)

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset, England

Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Mevagissey, Cornwall, 1825. Artist: William Daniell

Mevagissey, Cornwall, 1825. Artist: William Daniell
Mevagissey, Cornwall, 1825. From A Voyage Around Great Britain Undertaken between the Years 1814 and 1825 by William Daniell

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Spanish Armada, 1588

Spanish Armada, 1588
Defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English navy, 1588. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Dense growth of Bootlace seaweed (Chorda filum) in shallow water, Kimmeridge, Dorset, England, UK

Dense growth of Bootlace seaweed (Chorda filum) in shallow water, Kimmeridge, Dorset, England, UK, English Channel. July. Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2022 (WPY)

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: ENGLAND: ROWING, 1885. The row of an Oxford crew across the English Channel

ENGLAND: ROWING, 1885. The row of an Oxford crew across the English Channel from Dover to Calais - halfway across. Engraving, 1885

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Storm waves at Chesil Beach

Storm waves at Chesil Beach
Storm waves breaking on Chesil Beach, also known as, Chesil Bank, near Chiswell. This protects Weymouth and Portland Harbour from Atlantic storms driving up the English Channel

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Corbiere lighthouse, St

Corbiere lighthouse, St. Brelard-Corbiere Point, Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Walkers on cliff top, Beachy Head, Sussex, England, UK

Walkers on cliff top, Beachy Head, Sussex, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Perran Porth Beach, Perran Porth, Cornwall, England, UK

Perran Porth Beach, Perran Porth, Cornwall, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Durdle Door at sunset, West Lulworth, Dorset, England, UK

Durdle Door at sunset, West Lulworth, Dorset, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks, Handfast Point, Isle of Purbeck, Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks, Handfast Point, Isle of Purbeck, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Beachy Head, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK

Beachy Head, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Starry smooth-hound shark (Mustelus asterias) resting on seabed, Channel Isles, UK

Starry smooth-hound shark (Mustelus asterias) resting on seabed, Channel Isles, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Map of Normandy, from the 1st volume of La Normandie Illustree

Map of Normandy, from the 1st volume of La Normandie Illustree
CHT386009 Map of Normandy, from the 1st volume of La Normandie Illustree, engraved by Charpentier, published in Nantes 1852 (litho) by Benoist

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: A portrait of a male Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), showing his bright mating colours

A portrait of a male Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), showing his bright mating colours. Plymouth, Devon, England, Great Britain. Wreck of the Glen Strathallan, Plymouth Sound, English Channel

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The

Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The
" Come Lad, Slip Across and Help", recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London, 1915 (colour litho)

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: England, East Sussex, Brighton, Brighton Beach and Pier

England, East Sussex, Brighton, Brighton Beach and Pier

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: England, Kent, Dungeness, Prospect Cottage, The Former Home of Movie Director Derek

England, Kent, Dungeness, Prospect Cottage, The Former Home of Movie Director Derek Jarman

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Belle Tout lighthouse, Beachy Head, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK

Belle Tout lighthouse, Beachy Head, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: The Seven Sisters, Seaford, East Sussex, England, UK

The Seven Sisters, Seaford, East Sussex, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) portrait, Swanage Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK

Tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) portrait, Swanage Pier, Swanage, Dorset, UK, English Channel, August

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Channel tunnel

Channel tunnel. Historical artwork of a tunnel beneath the English Channel through which Napoleons troops are moving to invade England

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: EVNT2A-00047

EVNT2A-00047
Retreat of the Spanish Armada from England in stormy seas, 1588. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: EXPL2A-00238

EXPL2A-00238
Danish Viking ship " Raven" at sea, showing oars and sails. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Aerial image of entrance to The Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) (Eurotunnel), beneath the English Channel

Aerial image of entrance to The Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) (Eurotunnel), beneath the English Channel, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Seven Sisters cliffs and the coastguard cottages, from Seaford Head across the River

Seven Sisters cliffs and the coastguard cottages, from Seaford Head across the River Cuckmere. Seaford, East Sussex, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Palace pier, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

Palace pier, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Belle Tout Lighthouse At A Snow Covered Beachy Head, Eastbourne Downland Estate

Belle Tout Lighthouse At A Snow Covered Beachy Head, Eastbourne Downland Estate, Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Brighton Pier Illuminated at Night, Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Brighton Pier Illuminated at Night, Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: The Needles, Isle of Wight, c1896. Artist: Poulton & Co

The Needles, Isle of Wight, c1896. Artist: Poulton & Co
The Needles, Isle of Wight, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Across Mounts Bay, c1880. Artist: Elizabeth Adela Forbes

Across Mounts Bay, c1880. Artist: Elizabeth Adela Forbes
Across Mounts Bay, c1880. Painting held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. From The Studio Volume 47. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1909]

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: Rainbow over the Brighton Palace Pier, City of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England

Rainbow over the Brighton Palace Pier, City of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom

Background imageEnglish Channel Collection: England, Isle of Wight, Alum Bay

England, Isle of Wight, Alum Bay



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The English Channel, a stunning body of water that separates the southern coast of England from northern France, is a sight to behold. From the picturesque town of Salcombe in Devon to the breathtaking view of the Seven Sisters from Seaford Head in East Sussex, this channel offers an array of mesmerizing landscapes. Weymouth and Lyme Regis in Dorset showcase their coastal charm along the English Channel, with sandy beaches and quaint seaside towns. As night falls, it transforms into a captivating spectacle when viewed from space, illuminating the UK like a shining gem. Nature enthusiasts will be captivated by Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex, where the River Cuckmere meets the English Channel amidst South Downs National Park. The area boasts dense growths of Bootlace seaweed that create an enchanting underwater world. Further west lies Wheal Coates in Cornwall—a testament to its mining history—where an abandoned tin mine stands as a reminder of past endeavors. Meanwhile, Old Harry Rocks on Swanage's Jurassic Coast welcomes visitors with awe-inspiring sunrises that paint vibrant hues across the sky. Historical maps such as Matthew Paris's depiction from 1250 and a map dating back to 1891 offer glimpses into how these regions have evolved over time. And no mention would be complete without mentioning Durdle Door—a natural limestone arch located at Lulworth Cove—which has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its geological significance. The English Channel truly encompasses diverse beauty—from charming coastal towns to ancient landmarks—and serves as a gateway connecting countries and cultures alike. Its allure continues to draw visitors who seek solace within its tranquil waters and scenic surroundings.