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Explore Your Past

It all begins here. See old photos, maps, local books and memories of the important places in your life. Just enter a town or village name below.

To search by photo reference (e.g. "31498" or "H119188", use the form above and press Enter.

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What's available?

Only a small proportion of The Francis Frith Collection is available on this website, but just so you know, you can now browse:

  • 138,275 Historic Photos
  • 27,542 Historic Maps
  • 34,752 selected extracts, from 566 books.
  • 45,574 memories of 6,861 towns and villages
  • The Frith website currently covers 32,655 places across the UK and beyond.


We are continuously updating this website and adding more content as it is digitised.
It is planned to make all photos within The Collection available over time.

More information on The Collection is available here, including biographical information on Francis Frith.

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