London’s Grand Designs

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‘London is home to some of the world’s most striking architecture and innovative engineering. Whether driven by divine purpose or the needs of a growing population, architects and engineers have shaped the identity of the city and the lives of Londoners. Starting with Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral, this exhibition delves into the historical collections at London Metropolitan Archives to present the plans, drawings and photographs that record the development of some of London’s greatest buildings and structures.’

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London’s Grand Designs – about the buildings.

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St Paul’s with Euston’s Doric Arch visible behind.

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General view of the exhibition site at Aldgate.

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The Crystal Palace when it was originally at Hyde Park for the 1851 exhibition.

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Another view of the section on the Crystal Palace.

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Tower Bridge – and the Odeon Leicester Square behind.

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The famous Euston Arch.

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Thames Barrier.

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Thames Embankment. Behind is a picture depicting the building of the underground in the 1860s.

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Tower Bridge – picture taken on its opening day in 1894.

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General view of the exhibition with St Boltoph’s Aldgate in the background.

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Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in the 1840s – before it became a railway tunnel.

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Metropolitan Railway with the famous picture of Baker Street station in 1863.

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Another general view of the exhibition with the Colosseum and the Euston Arch most prominent. The Colosseum used to be at Regent’s Park.

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Regent Street – originally part of John Nash’s broad thoroughfare from Piccadilly to Regents park.

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The Regent’s Canal. John Nash had a hand here too, mainly by way of the houses that were built by the canal at North and South Bank, Park Village East and West.

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Holborn Viaduct. This important structure has a major anniversary later this year.

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Another general view.

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Collage (London Picture Archive) detailed with a London tramway poster as a background.

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London Metropolitan Archives, who created the exhibition.

London’s Grand Designs: 15 July – 5 August Aldgate Square EC3N 1AF. Nearest tube Aldgate.

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