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There are 3773 images listed here; most of them in more than one size. The images are mostly scanned from old books, ranging in date from the 1500s up to the 1920s and early 1930s. Most of them are out of copyright, or public domain.

Some common searches:

Castles to find old pictures of castles;

Manors to find pictures of manor houses;

gravestones to find pictures of graveyards or other burial sites;

Here are all the different sorts of things you can search for right now:

Restrict the search to images from a single book. Knight's Old England has the most pictures if you want to try this.
Almost all the images have one or more keywords associated with them. This is the best way to search.
Find images showing a particular place, or showing places in a particular area or country. This is probably most useful when combined with keyword.
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The plus sign (+) will show all images from the same source (the same printed book). The S does the same thing, but using this search interface. The K finds other images with the same keywords. The L looks for other images with the same location. The N looks for images depicting nearby places (e.g. in the same county or region).

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