Cloister Court in the Blitz by Daily Mail

WAR BRITAIN – AIR RAIDS – DAMAGE LONDON – A-J – 1940 …

A photograph from the huge Northcliffe archive. The photograph taken by an unknown photographer shows the wreckage in Cloister Court caused by bombs which hit the Houses of Parliament during a twelve-hour raid on the capital by 413 German aircraft in December 1940. The building to the left of the guard is the Members’ Cloakroom. This photograph was taken on 17/12/1940 but embargoed by the war censor till 23/12/1940. limited editions of this photo can be bought from Fleet Streets Finest.

All images from the Northcliffe Collection are limited to 300 prints only.
Each certificate issued will also display your unique edition number.
  • Print Only

    From £95

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    Framed / Mounted

    From £192

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    This is Classique, at its longest edge the print will be 35.5 cm long with an overall length of 51cm framed.

    It is printed on Fuji Lustre photographic paper and will have a white mount surround with solid wood frame.

    • 192 £

    This is Forté, at its longest edge the print will be 60cm long with an overall length of 77cm framed.

    It is printed on Fuji Lustre photographic paper and will have a white mount surround with solid wood frame.

    • 372 £

    This is Alu-Forté, at its longest edge the print will be 60cm and floats on the surface of your wall.

    It is printed directly onto aluminium with a super glossy finish and comes with mountings.

    • 372 £

    This is Alu-Grandé, at its longest edge the print will be 90cm and floats above the surface of your wall.

    It is printed directly onto aluminium with a super glossy finish and comes with mountings.

    • 510 £
    51cm X 41.5cm
    51cm X 41.5cm
    51cm X 41.5cm
    51cm X 41.5cm
    77cm longest edge
    77cm longest edge
    77cm longest edge
    77cm longest edge

    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

    • 95 £

    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

    • 115 £

    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

    • 130 £

    At Fleet Street's Finest we sell C-Type prints and Alumini ChromaLuxe. Digital C-Type photographic prints use similar exposure techniques to 'dark room' analogue developing techniques but without the need for a negative.

    Equally the enlarging, focusing and exposure to the paper is managed by a computer using lasers or LEDs rather than a bulb. The following process is still very much the same with the paper being processed in chemical developer, followed by a bleech fix before a wash to remove the processing chemicals.

    A C-Type print very much has its origins in traditional photographic processes but is originated from a digital file rather than a negative. Though, obviously, some of our vintage images are from scans of negatives.

    • 165 £

    (Rest of the World £40)


    (Rest of the World £15)

About The Northcliffe Collection

The Northcliffe Collection has been carefully curated from the archives of Associated Newspapers Ltd.

Many of these images from the Daily Mail, London Evening News, Daily Sketch and Daily Graphic have never been seen by the public since they were first published.

Stretching back over 100 years, these iconic photographs reveal the everyday as well as the newsworthy, with images British celebrities of film and music, rural and urban views, fashion, war and so much more.  

About The Northcliffe Collection

The Northcliffe Collection has been carefully curated from the archives of Associated Newspapers Ltd.

Many of these images from the Daily Mail, London Evening News, Daily Sketch and Daily Graphic have never been seen by the public since they were first published.

Stretching back over 100 years, these iconic photographs reveal the everyday as well as the newsworthy, with images British celebrities of film and music, rural and urban views, fashion, war and so much more.  

More Northcliffe Collection

The Yeomen Warders of the Tower by Herbert Mason

Halt who goes there! Chief Yeoman Warder Sergeant A.H. Cook, of the Yeomen Warders of the Tower, working by lantern light. Since 1826, at exactly seven minutes to ten at night, the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower emerges from the Byward Tower, wearing the traditional red Watch Coat and Tudor Bonnet. In one hand, he carries a lantern, still lit to this day with a single candle. In the other he carries a set of keys – the Queen’s Keys. He then proceeds to the ancient ceremony of locking the gates of the fortress in what has now known as The Ceremony of the Keys.

Sandstorm In Egypt by Herbert Mason

Suez Canal 1956. Two British soldiers struggle in handkerchief sand-masks in a sandstorm near the Suez Canal in Egypt. The storm is caused by the Khamsin, a warm strong, long-lasting wind from the desert. The Khamsin, Arabic for fifty, blows at intervals for about 50 days from March to June. In 1956, Suez Canal was nationalised by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser so Israel, the United Kingdom, and France invaded Egypt to regain Western control of the canal. This photograph is from the huge Northcliffe collection

Angela Lansbury by Herbert Mason

Actor Angela Lansbury weds fellow actor Peter Shaw in a ceremony in Knightsbridge, London in August,1949. Lansbury and Shaw remained married until his death 54 years later. Anglea Lansbury, star of the long-running Murder She Wrote was widely praised from her early days when she appeared in the film Gaslight in 1944. and with continued success in  National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor and Dorian Gray in 1945

Remains Of Guildhall by Herbert Mason

Sir George Wilkinson the Lord Mayor of London pictured examining the remains of Guildhall. The Guildhall in London was bombed on December 29, 1940, by the German Luftwaffe. Most of the damage was caused by fire spreading from the City of London. Fire from the bombed St Jewry had drifted to the Guildhall’s roof and by ten o’ clock the Great Hall’s roof was ablaze. Thirty minutes later the building had to be abandoned. This photograph from the vast Northcliffe collection is by Herbert Mason

St. Paul’s In The Blitz by Herbert Mason

The Blitz: World War II: Britain: Air Raids: Fire of London. A symbol of survival.

St Paul’s Cathedral rises above the smoke and flames of one of the worst nights of bombing experienced in Britain.

On 29th December 1940 when the Thames was a low watermark and after the early bombing run had severed the water mains, the Luftwaffe’s aircraft dropped more than 10,000 incendiary bombs on the City. By some miracle, the landmark church and its dome remained untouched as thousands of firefighters and troops fought to prevent the ancient heart of London being destroyed by an inferno.

The picture was taken by Daily Mail photographer Herbert Mason – it became one of the most famous images of the war. When German bombers were making one of their heaviest raids, Mason climbed to the roof of the newspaper’s headquarters Northcliffe House. With incendiaries falling around him, he watched building after building around St Paul’s ablaze. Then he caught a glimpse of the Cathedral in a momentary gap in the smoke and recorded his historic picture. This picture is one of the huge Northcliffe collection

Piccadilly Circus 1949 by Herbert Mason

This beautiful atmospheric picture of an Austin Motor Car driving through Piccadilly Circus London was taken by Herbert Mason and is part of the vast Northcliffe Collection. According to Wikipedia, the area now known as Piccadilly Circus was originally called Portugal Street. Piccadills or piccadillies was a term used to describe shirt collars and in the 18 century Robert Baker, a tailor owned a home known as Piccadilly Hall, and the area became known as Piccadilly Circus.

Sir Winston Churchill from the Northcliffe Collection

Churchill addresses the crowds from the roof of a car as he campaigned as the Liberal candidate in the Manchester North West by-election.

April 1908.Winston Churchill addresses the crowds from the roof of a car as he campaigned as the Liberal candidate in the Manchester North West by-election. Churchill lost the election to the Conservative candidate by 1261 votes. This picture is from the vast Northcliffe collection.

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