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8 Images of a Frosted England

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Our Archive collection of over 13 million images is a window into the history of England’s archaeology, historic buildings and social history.

Keep warm this winter with our pick of 8 archive images of the historic environment covered in a blanket of snow.

1. Rievaulx Abbey, Ryedale, North Yorkshire

At one time one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries, the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey are managed by English Heritage and are Grade I listed.

An aerial photograph of a medieval abbey in the snow.
The Grade I listed Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire. © Historic England Archive.

2. Highgate Cemetery, London

The resting place of many famous residents and the home of some of the finest funerary architecture in the country, Highgate Cemetery is Grade I listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens.

A black and white photograph of a cemetery in the snow.
The Cutting Catacombs of the West Cemetery covered by snow. © Historic England Archive. View image MF001673/09.

3. Roborough Castle, Exmoor, Devon

This near circular mound is an Iron Age enclosure or hill fort: the remains of a prehistoric camp. The mound is 4 metres high and is protected as a scheduled monument.

Roborough Castle from the air, covered in snow.
Image by Damian Grady © Historic England.

4. Silbury Hill, Avebury, Wiltshire

Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, the purpose of the largest man-made mound in Europe remains unknown. It was probably completed around 2400 BC and is a scheduled monument.

A photograph of a hill covered in snow.
Silbury Hill under snow. © Historic England Archive. View image DP147629.

5. Stokesay Castle, Shropshire

The Grade I listed Stokesay Castle is England’s finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house. It looks evermore striking against a stark white backdrop.

A photograph of a medieval timber-framed gatehouse painted yellow and covered in snow.
The castle gatehouse in the snow. © Historic England Archive. View image DP081784.

6. Kilburn White Horse, North Yorkshire

Unlike the famous chalk figures it was inspired by, the Kilburn White Horse was cut into Limestone and artificially whitened. During the Second World War, the Horse had to be covered to stop it from becoming a target for German bombers.

An aerial photograph of a snow covered landscape with the outline of a large man-made horse shape visible.
The Kilburn White Horse on the edge of the North Moors in North Yorkshire. © Historic England Archive.

7. Peveril Castle, Castleton, Derbyshire

Standing high above the village of Castleton in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District, Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses and is Grade I listed.

A photograph of a medieval castle in snow.
The castle in the snow. © Historic England Archive. View image DP092761.

8. Three round barrows, North Yorkshire

These prehistoric funerary monuments are likely only visible from the air and are protected as scheduled monuments.

An aerial photograph of three round barrows covered in snow.
Three round barrows near Kepwick covered in snow. © Historic England Archive.

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