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


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