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In Search Of Val Perrin’s Brick Lane

January 2, 2015
by the gentle author

In recent days, the weather in London has been bright but yesterday offered a suitably occluded sky to set out with my camera in search of Val Perrin’s Brick Lane and below you can see my photographs beneath Val’s shots from 1972, revealing forty years of change in Spitalfields.

Brick Lane 1972

Brick Lane 2015

Cheshire St 1972

Cheshire St 2015

Cheshire St 1972

Cheshire St 2015

Brick Lane 1972

Brick Lane 2015

Cheshire St 1972

Cheshire St 2015

Brick Lane 1972

Brick Lane 2015

St Matthew’s Row & The Carpenters’ Arms 1972

St Matthew’s Row & The Carpenters’ Arms 2015

St Matthew’s Row 1972

St Matthew’s Row 2015

Sclater St 1972

Sclater St 2015

Corbett Place from Hanbury St 1972

Corbett Place from Hanbury St 2015

Bacon St 1972

Bacon St 2015

Code St & Shoreditch Station 1972

Code St & Shoreditch Station 2015

Pedley St Bridge 1972

Pedley St Bridge 2015

1972 Photographs copyright © Val Perrin

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12 Responses leave one →
  1. B Smith permalink
    January 2, 2015

    One can achieve a similar (though not as effective, and sometimes limited) result without leaving the house by having two windows open on your computer, with one open to Spitalfields Life, and the other on Googlemaps street view.

  2. January 2, 2015

    Good to see how it is now, and that it has not changed too much over the years. It all looks cleaner and better kept, but a lot of the atmosphere has gone! Happy New Year to you all! Valerie

  3. January 2, 2015

    Some things will never change — and graffiti make things not necessarily better in some cases…

    Love & Peace

  4. Sal Shuel permalink
    January 2, 2015

    Brilliant! You did a terrific job. Usually those comparisons don’t work at all but these are marvellous.

  5. Malc permalink
    January 2, 2015

    Fascinating stuff, less people around but times move on. Not sure all the places are any better now, though.

  6. January 2, 2015

    Great combination of photographs.

  7. January 2, 2015

    I love stuff like this. This was particularly well done. Thanks for making the effort and posting.

  8. Martin G permalink
    January 2, 2015

    Difficult to fathom that in 1972 the Overground didn’t exist and the former East London Line served Shoreditch during the rush hour only. And, Covent Garden station was closed on Sundays!

  9. Ros permalink
    January 2, 2015

    Good detective work and interesting comparisons, not always the ones you’d expect. Perhaps you should photograph the same spots every five years.

  10. Bob D permalink
    January 3, 2015

    Curious the way that lampposts come and go. I’d have expected that these – or at least their sites – would be pretty much a constant in the streetscape.

  11. Val Perrin permalink
    January 7, 2015

    Well done – excellent detective work linking my photos of the street scenes in 1972 with the views today. Interesting to compare what has changed and what remains. I must go back and see the area again myself !

  12. Andrea Kirkby permalink
    January 27, 2015

    Wonderful detective work. But it’s sad to see how few people there are in the modern shots – and none of those robust characters that define some of the earlier photos, just fleeting cyclists and solitary walkers with their heads down and shoulders to the wind. Have we lost the wonderful East End way of living in public – the buskers, the markets, chatting in the street? I do hope not; the characters are as much the East End as any of the built heritage.

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