30 vintage photographs of Easter through the years

Liz Connor, Gareth Richman

These stunning black and white photos provide a fascinating glimpse of Easter in bygone decades - from the 1920s to the 1950s.

The images feature all manner of goings-on across the country, from the familiar scenes of receiving chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday to Brits making the most of the warm weather on England’s coast.

One of the earliest photos from the 1920s shows a chivalrous gentleman helping his girlfriend onto the towpath from a punt on Richmond river.

Other photographs from the era show spectators enjoying an Easter Monday picnic at Brooklands motor racing circuit in Surrey, and the chefs from the Savoy crafting a £7,000 egg for a very wealthy patron.

Then there are scenes of factory workers putting the crosses on a million hot cross buns in preparation for the big day.

Easter has long been a time to unwind and jet off for the weekend, and these photographs show holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine at a poolside in Jersey and frolicking on the shingle beach in Brighton.

Just spare a thought for the huge crowd of Easter holidaymakers pictured waiting to board the train for the Isle of Wight at Waterloo Station in 1936 - we can’t imagine it’s an ideal way to start a four-day weekend.

Click through the gallery above to see our edit of vintage Easter photographs.