On the day of the Summer Solstice, Picfair are honoured to reveal some of the oldest photographs of Stonehenge currently known to exist.
Photographic research company TimePix have unearthed eight extraordinary photographs of Stonehenge from over 150 years ago, which are now available to license for the very first time in the Picfair collection.
They are some of the oldest photographs ever taken of the ancient landmark and the book in which they are found dates back to 1867. It’s a chronicle which, until now, has been lost in the archives of the UK's national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey (OS) and the photographs depict the Head of Ordnance Survey, Colonel Henry James and his family relaxing on the Stones. Something else, which is truly extraordinary is that the photos show the location of some of the stones as different from today. At the time, some were scattered across the site and the massive inclined upright in some of the photos now stands straight again.
Timepix.uk is a web app for geo-locating historical photos. The project was partly funded by Geovation, OS and HM Land Registry’s innovation hub and we are truly honoured at Picfair to host these rare and incredible images and make them available for license.