Lincoln from above: View the city’s changing landscape from 1921

The Lincoln landscape has changed dramatically over the last century, and an online archive of Aerofilms is helping people visualise just how much.

The Britain from Above project by Historic England, catalogues the fascinating transformation of Lincoln, from industrial heritage to familiar historic landmarks and new developments, from as far back as 1921.

All together, the Aerofilms Collection comprises 95,000 images. People can join the 40,000 users who have made contributions to the website.

Enjoy Lincoln’s evolution from above:



St Mary’s Cathedral – 1921


Ruston and Hornsby Engineering Works – 1926


St Marks Railway Station – 1926


Bracebridge Gasworks – 1933


Lincoln Arboretum – 1933


Lincoln Cathedral – 1946


Ruston-Bucyrus Lyd Spike Island Engineering Works – 1947

Brayford-1947

Royal Agricultural Show Ground at West Common – 1947


Lincoln Stonebow and High Street – 1948


Upper High Street – 1948


Brayford – 1995

Photo: UoL

Photo: UoL


Brayford – 2014

Photo: UoL

Photo: UoL