Historical (Page 19)

IMG 1462 460x270 - Crockers Folly restored

The famous pub that was supposed to serve a London mainline terminus (Marylebone) but ended up being nowhere near it, has finally been restored after a long period of uncertainty on its future. Hoardings came down at the end of September revealing a good restoration job. The pub, sited in AberdeenRead More →

IMG 7571 460x270 - The London Volunteer Cavalry in Hyde Park, 1804

A Hyde Park mystery! ‘A Review of the London Volunteer Cavalry and Flying Artillery in Hyde Park 1804,’ by unknown, (image at Wikipedia) is of great interest as it does not show a park that’s recognisable today. The 1804 location is sited above the Titchbourne valley at what is nowRead More →

IMG 8087 460x270 - The Saint Pancras (Matilda) Fountain

Matilda the milkmaid This sculpture must be the Regent’s Park Arts Frieze most unknown contribution! Ignored by hordes of Frieze art lovers passing by, it was only being noticed when people spotted me taking photographs….. Please, I’m thirsty, filthy, no-one loves me… In 1878 Joseph Durham sculpted this bronze milkmaid.Read More →

lartique1 460x270 - A wheely distorted photograph's 100th anniversary

The 100th anniversary of a famous photographer’s work is seriously overlooked…. In 1913 Jacques Henri Lartique (1894-1986) photographed the Automobile Club de France’s Grand Prix at Amiens. One race car in particular speeded past and the effect was such that the rear wheels were distorted, whilst the spectactors on the oppositeRead More →

IMG 8777 460x270 - Did someone actually mention the 'Serpentine River?'

The Serpentine River in London’s Hyde Park? There’s just no such thing in Hyde Park! How dare someone make any claims that there’s a ‘river’ in Hyde Park? Well, actually its very BRAVE these days for someone to mention things like rivers in Hyde Park! In tonight’s The London Standard‘s SusannahRead More →

dust 460x270 - The best London Tube photo ever?

Could this photograph from 1937 be the best ever composition taken on London’s tube? It’s certainly very unusual. The photographer, E.O.Hoppe, a German who settled in London, was noted for many iconic images of the time. Hoppe’s 1937 photo – British Museum station subway What is Hoppe’s photograph telling us?Read More →

IMG 3827 460x270 - London's Old Bailey: Does the Fleet River run beneath?

Stephen Fry’s recent ITV programme “Key to the City” – (6 August 2013 + itvPlayer) looked at many unusual aspects of the City of London, including the Old Bailey. One of the surprises was The High Bailiff of Southwark Charles Henty, & Fry himself, opening a hatch in the cellars toRead More →

meudon 460x270 - Revisiting Meudon

Meudon is a major icon in the history of photograph and its often used as an example in the evolution of photographic composition. I wanted to see if Andre Kertész’s famous 1928 Paris scene still existed, so turned to Google maps for this task. Street View doesnt actually take one to where Kertész tookRead More →

hamptoncourt 460x270 - A couple of pics from Hampton Court...

I havent forgotten London Aspie! Been thinking up new concepts for 2013 and also have a potential definition of photography as art. (Yes photography is art – its that simple!) Whilst not exactly existential photography, I’ve mentioned Hampton Court on these pages before so why not again! The day before New Year’sRead More →

CURTAIN ROAD – The present St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch, occupies the site of a church at least as old as the thirteenth century. The old church, which had four gables and a low square tower, was taken down in 1736 and the present ugly church built by the elder DanceRead More →