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Around The City

April 10, 2014
by the gentle author

Following the Billingsgate pictures I published earlier this week, these City photographs are a second selection from a cache of transparencies of unknown origin, recently acquired by the Bishopsgate Institute. We believe they date from the nineteen sixties but the photographer is unidentified. Can anyone tell us more?

Mappin & Webb, Poultry


Church of Allhallows The Great, Allhallows Lane

Figure of an Apprentice, Vinters Hall

Lincolns Inn Fields, window sign, 1693

Bollard at entrance to Fenchurch StStation, ‘London & Blackwall Railway’

Lincolns Inn Fields

Gas lamp off Castle Court outside Simpsons Tavern, Ball Court

Clock, St Dunstans-in-the-West, Fleet St

Prince Henry’s house, Fleet St

Lincolns Inn Fields, Bishops Court sign, July 1868

Staple Inn, Holborn

Old Cheshire Cheese, Fleet St

The King Lud, Ludgate Circus

Holborn Viaduct

Gas lamp in Amen Court

St Andrew’s House, St Andrew’s-by-the-Wardrobe Church, St Andrew’s Hill

Hydrant in St Mary Athill churchyard, 1841

Simpsons Tavern, Ball Court

Old shop, Eastcheap

Bin in Gracechurch St for gravel and litter, c.1920

Tobacconist in Castle Court

Barclays Bank, Gracechurch St

Old Blue Last, Great Eastern St

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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13 Responses leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    April 10, 2014

    Judging by the fashions, I think it is early 70s. Had a wet look coat not dissimilar to one sported in one of the photos…
    I know it is all a bit grubby but Bishopsgate looks much more inherently interesting then than it does now. Human scale makes it much more immediate. If you know what I mean. Love the 1920s rubbish bin!

  2. Greg Tingey permalink
    April 10, 2014

    As always, look at thcar make/model , & registrations if after 1962/3. Also, look at the skirt-lengths (or absence thereof) in the penultimate picture .. 1963 – 67 I’d guess.

  3. April 10, 2014

    That’s what makes London so special. It is so full of rich history, wherever you look at, there is always something quirky, quaint, quizzical and quintessentially London that is impossibly difficult to copy anywhere in the world. Only London has it. Is it any wonder why so many people want to come here and have a bite of it?

  4. April 10, 2014

    I love that the photographer mainly chose sunny days to work.
    And that Regency (?) costume appeared to be fairly unremarkable in Lincolns Inn Fields!

  5. April 10, 2014

    That delights me again! See the delivery van at the second picture: I still have it as a pickup truck from “MATCHBOX”!

    Yes, these are the Roaring Sixties — and they regrettably won’t come back…!

    Love & Peace

  6. john clark permalink
    April 10, 2014

    About 1966 judging by the clothes, cars and motorcycles.

  7. April 10, 2014

    What wonderful photos, thanks for sharing! Valerie

  8. alison homewood permalink
    April 10, 2014

    Fantastic – crying out for a ‘Then and Now’ photograph comparison – I’d love to know what we still have and what has been lost. I lament the loss of King Lud – the pub I went to when I got my first job across the road at the bottom of Fleet Street. Thank you!

  9. DX Manners permalink
    April 10, 2014

    Enjoyed these photos, can someone enlighten me-what tube station is that in the top photo (Mappin & Webb) ?

  10. Philip Marriage permalink
    April 10, 2014

    What a fascinating treasure trove of transparencies here with enough detail to absorb those of us of a certain age. I too remember the delights of ‘The King Lud’ and the alleyways and courts off Fleet Street. It’s a shame that, with age, some are losing their original colour (though that can be rescued to a degree with Photoshop), but the important thing is that they are being preserved – thanks to the Bishopsgate Institute – well done!

  11. Donald Carlton Burns permalink
    April 10, 2014

    Truly magnificent Architecture, to be cherished and celebrated.

  12. Ian Whittingham permalink
    April 11, 2014

    My first job in December 1979, after graduating from university, was in an office in Carter Lane. There was a café at the corner of Carter Lane and Deans Court that had a very 30’s/40’s feel to it (I just looked on Google Maps Street View and see there is still a café at that location, Café Vita). I can’t recall its name but I remember going to the original café after work one evening (in 1986) to find it closed and occupied by a film crew who were filming a scene from Colin MacInnes’ novel, ‘Absolute Beginners’. Like Alison and Philip I, too, remember ‘The King Lud’ which makes an appearance in another novel of 1950’s London bohemian, Iris Murdoch’s ‘Under the Net’.

  13. Mo06 permalink
    April 17, 2014

    I remember walking past Mappin & Webb in the first photo. The modern replacement is pretty ugly in my ‘umble opinion.

    And I have supped a pint in the Old King Lud, sadly no longer with us…

    Great photos, thanks.

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