Join me on this journey through the most fascinating of cities. Enter your e-mail address in the box to the right and automatically receive new posts direct to your e-mail. Usually about one a week.
My father was born in London in 1928, lived in London throughout the 2nd World War and started taking photographs of the city from 1946 through to 1954. These show a city which had changed dramatically since the pre-war period and has changed, in many places beyond recognition, in the intervening years.
Through “A London Inheritance” I will document my exploration of London using these photographs as a starting point. To try and identify the original locations, show how and why these have changed and how the buildings, streets and underlying topography of the city have developed.
This journey will take me from Hampstead to Hoxton, Battersea to Greenwich, well known landmarks as well as hidden buildings, streets and steps, along with events such as the Festival of Britain and the Coronation.
To guide me on this journey I will use my father’s original 1940 London Street Atlas, along with books, documents and notes collected over many years.
Along the route, I will also cover aspects of London that interest me, the history and places that make London such an intriguing city.
My aim is for weekly updates, however the need for additional research, access to locations, weather etc. may make the occasional delay unavoidable. Please bear with me, this is a real time journey and I hope the results will be worthwhile.