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From The Pages Of My Album

December 7, 2020
by the gentle author

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At Trinity Green Almshouses, Whitechapel

Here are just a few of my all-time favourite photographs of the capital selected from over 600 in THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S LONDON ALBUM. It has been so immensely popular that we only have a few copies left now.

Funerary image of Charles II at Westminster Abbey (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Crudgie, Motorcycle Courier, at the Ace Cafe

The Little Midshipman from the Signs of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Franceskka Abimbola, Wax Seller of Wentworth St, by Jeremy Freedman

The Vine Tavern from the Pubs of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Swan Upping on the Thames

Inside the Dome of St Pauls from the Forgotten Corners of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green with one of her collection of vintage domestic appliances

Jam in Piccadilly from the Streets of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Aaron Biber, London’s Oldest Barber

Car Crash in Clerkenwell by Colin O’Brien

Henrietta Keeper sings at E. Pellicci

Graffiti at the Tower of London

‘Clockwell’ from Bob Mazzer’s Tube Photography

Barn the Spoon, Spoonmaker

Billingsgate from the Markets of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Mick Taylor, the Sartorialist of Brick Lane

Old House in Lambeth from the Ghosts of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Gina of Gina’s Restaurant in Bethnal Green Rd

From Libby Hall’s collection of the Dogs of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

Clive Murphy, Oral Historian in his Brick Lane kitchen

The Trade Cards of Old London

Gary Arber, Printer, in the living room of his grandparent’s home in the Roman Rd

Trafalgar Sq from the Nights of Old London (courtesy Bishopsgate Institute)

8 Responses leave one →
  1. Nancy M Carlson permalink
    December 7, 2020

    I just wanted you to know I love all your pictures. I really appreciate them.
    Thank you

  2. Douglas Brett permalink
    December 7, 2020

    Henrietta Keeper Sings – and did they all have cheese in their ears?

  3. December 7, 2020

    Wonderful sights into your Book, G.A. — I will probably have to buy it as well.

    By the way: what is Viscountess Boudica of Bethnal Green doing today? Haven’t heard of her anything for a long time, but would like to!

    Love & Peace

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    December 7, 2020

    The Gentle Author’s Album is my favourite of all the Spitalfields Life books and would make a perfect Christmas present for anyone who loves London.

    As well as the fantastic range of photos there is also plenty of great writing in his unique style, giving depth and meaning to the pictures.

    And all beautifully produced of course, like all the Spitalfields Life books.

    Hurry while stocks last!

  5. Mark. permalink
    December 7, 2020

    A lovely selection.
    What a year.
    How I miss the Viscountess.
    Hope that she is thriving.

  6. Rhonda Alperin permalink
    December 7, 2020

    Recognized all but one! From a dedicated follower across the pond, thank you, Gentle Author…
    (South Carolina,U.S.A.)

  7. Kathleen Shier Ellis permalink
    December 7, 2020

    I so appreciate your daily posting. Life would be less reflective for their absence.

    Thank you.

  8. Chrystabel Austin permalink
    December 8, 2020

    Wonderful. Thank you!

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