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In Search Of Val Perrin’s Brick Lane

August 19, 2018
by the gentle author

In recent days, the weather in London has been bright so I waited for 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 more than forty years of change in Spitalfields

Brick Lane 1972

Brick Lane

Cheshire St 1972

Cheshire St

Cheshire St 1972

Cheshire St

Brick Lane 1972

Brick Lane

Cheshire St 1972

Cheshire St

Brick Lane 1972

Brick Lane

St Matthew’s Row & The Carpenters’ Arms 1972

St Matthew’s Row & The Carpenters’ Arms

St Matthew’s Row 1972

St Matthew’s Row

Sclater St 1972

Sclater St

Corbett Place from Hanbury St 1972

Corbett Place from Hanbury St

Bacon St 1972

Bacon St

Code St & Shoreditch Station 1972

Code St & Shoreditch Station

Pedley St Bridge 1972

Pedley St Bridge

1972 Photographs copyright © Val Perrin

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  1. Sage Vendome England permalink
    August 19, 2018

    Thank you for another visual homecoming. My great great grandfather, Dr James Tilby is listed in a London Directory 1852 as living at 19 Brick Lane. I imagine this address is very different now. A surgeon, James and his wife Jane traveled all the way from the East End to New Zealand where he braved raging rivers to tend to patients in the isolated mountain valley of Takaka and Motupipi.

  2. Jon Cooke permalink
    August 19, 2018

    Fantastic comparison photographs & good to see not too many drastic changes

  3. August 19, 2018

    Interesting .look all those chimneys gone ,some pics not much change .

  4. The old lamplighter permalink
    August 19, 2018

    One of my favourite subjects photographs of then and now. Really interesting when you can still see original windows doors and brickwork from years that have passed. My daily reading many thanks Gentle Author.

  5. Caroline Bottomley permalink
    August 19, 2018

    Fantastic to see much of the architecture is the same

  6. James Harris permalink
    August 19, 2018

    Hind sight, rose tinted glasses? Probably. Having looked at these comparison photographs I find it hard to be positive about the area in the here and now. The Code St & Shoreditch Station photograph differences typify how I see things now.
    An interesting set of photographs though, thank you.

  7. August 19, 2018

    Very interesting, thank you.

  8. Philip Marriage permalink
    August 19, 2018

    Fascinating comparisons – more please!

  9. Martin Guilfoyle permalink
    August 19, 2018

    It is so hard to convince people I am telling the truth when I remind them Shoreditch station was only serviced during peak hours Mon-Fri and Sunday morning for Petticoat Lane. I wonder how the Elizabeth line will affect areas how the Overground Line has.

    Still in hope for a more imaginative name than the Overground!

  10. Ian Thomas permalink
    August 19, 2018

    At best the it looks the same and with all the current graffiti many places look much worse.

  11. Richard Pascoe permalink
    August 19, 2018

    Thank you GA for your wonderful ‘Then and Now ‘ photographs, especially the one of Code St and Shoreditch station, my GG Grandfather James Sylvester and family lived in no 1 Butlers Buildings , at the other end of Code St in 1861, and to walk along that same cobbled street, gives you goosebumps !

  12. gkbowood permalink
    August 19, 2018

    I thought it was sad that the brick roads kept being asphalted over instead of re-bricked and then Ah-Hah! There actually is a photo that showed bricks were none were before!! Love this little bit of time travel- Thanks.

  13. mlaiuppa permalink
    August 20, 2018

    I love these historical comparison photos. I have an entire book of them for my city called “Then and Now.”

    I can see the gentrification of the area. In some cases for the better, in some cases for the worse.

    I apologize for the exportation of gang graffiti that seems to have infected the rest of the world. That generation of parents were irresponsible and we shall forever be reminded of it.

  14. August 20, 2018

    Thanks for this. Brilliant.

  15. MICHAEL CARR permalink
    January 4, 2020

    I lived a pre-fab in CODE street in the late 1940s there were 7 pre-fabs on the left of your photo
    unlike a lot of people in the area, the pre-fab was quite luxurious all mod cons plus a garden,
    we used to play cricket against the station wall , the burnt out building on the corner was home to
    some homeless people they were drying out some tea leaves and started a fire and ended up jumping from the windows . the other end of the street on the same side the body of a young lady
    was found murdered, I lived in code street till the early 1960s, and moved to melbourne australia
    in 1972 .

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