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Malcolm Tremain’s Spitalfields In Colour

January 3, 2022
by the gentle author

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Today I publish Malcolm Tremain’s evocative colour photographs of Spitalfields in the early eighties.

In Liverpool St Station

Goulston St

Brushfield St

Brushfield St

Crispin St

Railing of the night shelter in Crispin St

Brune St

Holland Estate

Artillery Lane

Looking towards the city from the Spitalfields Market car park

Looking south towards Brushfield St

Looking north towards Spital Sq

Goulston St

Goulston St

Middlesex St

Middlesex St

Alley at Liverpool St Station

Sun Passage

Tunnel at Liverpool St Station

Old Broad St Station

Old Broad St Station

Old Broad St Station under demoliton

Old Broad St Station

Old Broad St Station

Old Broad St Station

Abandoned cafeteria at Old Broad St Station

Pedley St Bridge looking towards Cheshire St

Pedley St Bridge

Pedley St

Pedley St

Photographs copyright © Malcolm Tremain

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. January 3, 2022

    Some of the photos are quite lovely, especially “alley at Liverpool Street Station. But the area as a whole looks shabby and derelict. Now everything is shiny and soulless.

  2. January 3, 2022

    Wonderful pictures. It never ceases to amaze me how many bits of workaday Victorian East London managed to survive into the 80s, despite bombing and the efforts of developers.

    The Pedley St bridge scene is chilling.

  3. Cherub permalink
    January 3, 2022

    Interesting photos. I vaguely remember Broad St Station when I went to work in the City back in 1984 as there were a few restaurants and snack bars around the area we went to for lunch. Never really knew what the station was about or the places it served, then it was all redeveloped.

  4. John C. Miles permalink
    January 3, 2022

    Wonderful, atmospheric photos – one forgets how dilapidated it all was. I lived in Bethnal Green in 1984-5 and used Old Broad Street Station to get to music lessons via the North London Line. I found the building very spooky in its decrepitude – it would have been a wonderful setting for film noir.

    If only the area could have been redeveloped and renewed whilst keeping its scale and character – without the skyscrapers and glass.

  5. pauline taylor permalink
    January 3, 2022

    Liverpool St Station always brings back memories of trips up to London, we always went ‘up’, and the noise and the smoke and the steam, but what really struck me about these photos is the litter. Why oh why do markets create so much litter, it is still much the same where I live where traders, who have stalls in the High Street, never clear up the mess that they make resulting in the entrance to our magnificent Town Hall being strewn with discarded paper and plastic. It was then, and it is now, sheer laziness by market traders and I find it disgusting. But having said that these are very evocative photos and thank you for sharing them.

  6. January 3, 2022

    Love these shots. Just as I first encountered the area, an atmosphere now lost and irretrievable. Particularly nice to have a photo of Sun Street (passage?) – worth looking up the entry for this alley in ‘Nairn’s London’.

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