Monthly Archives: December 2021

Huggin Hill in the 1920s

In the 1920s, Huggin Hill was known as Huggin Lane. Although it is still pedestrianised – as it was in the 1920s – there is nothing remaining today to help identify the location shown in the photograph. It was taken … Continue reading

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Bridges Crossing the Thames (Background Page)

Above: Aerial view of some of the bridges crossing the Thames. The title refers to bridges over the Thames in Inner London and includes road bridges, railway bridges and footbridges. The bridges are listed below in order from the west … Continue reading

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Findlater’s Corner to be Restored

Above: Artist’s impression of how the restored shop will look. Victorians were not ones to waste space, especially when it was on a busy corner. They were quick to realise the commercial potential of such a site and Findlater’s Corner … Continue reading

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London Bridge Station – Christmas Post Bags

Above: Photo taken about 1930 of a platform on London Bridge Station. These days, all sorts of things are photographed. Because almost everybody walks around with a mobile phone (which also has a built-in camera) there now exist photos of … Continue reading

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Night Coach Passing a Turnpike

The painting by Charles Cooper Henderson shows a scene that any traveller on a stagecoach was probably familiar with. Stagecoaches only managed to travel at an average speed of between eight and 12 miles per hour. Until the introduction of … Continue reading

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Night Coach on the Road

Above: Painting titled ‘The Night Team’ by Charles Cooper Henderson. One of the most talented painters of stagecoach scenes was Charles Cooper Henderson (1803-77). He was educated at Brighton and then Winchester before studying rather idly for the bar and … Continue reading

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Blue Mermaid Thames Sailing Barge

Above: Blue Mermaid under sail in the lower reaches of the Thames. Just after the turn of the 1900s, there were just over 2,000 Thames barges registered in use on the Thames, which was the peak of the barge era. … Continue reading

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Christopher Inn, Borough High Street

Above: The Christopher Inn standing beside Borough High Street. The pub with its double doors opening out onto the pavement can be seen. The old inn-yard, known as Kentish Buildings on the right, with the Georgian buildings beside it. The … Continue reading

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King’s Head Inn, Borough High Street

Above: Arched entrance to King’s Head Yard today. If you start walking south along Borough High Street from the junction with St Thomas Street, this is the first site you will pass. Its documented history goes back to just before … Continue reading

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City Views from Hay’s Galleria

Above: A sinister view of the City from Hay’s Galleria in 2017. The dark cloud in this image – hanging over the City buildings – sets the tone of the whole view. Here is a view of the future as … Continue reading

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