Category Archives: /Wes-Strand

Plimsoll, Samuel (Memorial)

Above: The bust of Plimsoll on top of the large memorial. In the background is part of Embankment Place – large office above Charing Cross Station. Samuel Plimsoll, English politician and social reformer, (1824-98). He was born in Colston’s Parade, Bristol, on … Continue reading

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Savoy Theatre and the Fairy Lights

Above: Plaque on the rear wall of the Savoy Theatre. It is to be seen in Carting Lane. The fact that the Savoy Theatre in the Strand became the first public building in the world to be lit entirely by … Continue reading

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Oranges and Lemons

Above: The tower and church of St Clement, Eastcheap, seen from the eastern end of today’s Cannon Street and looking north at the church which is ‘tucked into’ Clement’s Lane. You may remember the nursery rhyme that goes . . … Continue reading

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Somerset House Skating Rink

Above: Looking north in the courtyard of Somerset House at the skating rink. There is something about skating on ice that obviously appeals to people. Within the last few years, as a result of the Crossrail project, two bone skates … Continue reading

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Charing Cross Station in Edwardian Days

Above: Passengers arriving at Charing Cross Station. When was the last time you got off a train at Charing Cross Station and you saw so few passengers on the platform? By the look of the train it was probably made … Continue reading

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Covent Garden at Christmas

Above: Looking east in Charles Fowler’s 1830 neo-classical building bedecked with the Christmas decorations of greenery looking like giant mistletoe. Covent Garden began life as a specially laid out square. The concept was that it would be laid out as … Continue reading

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The ‘ook

Above: The dark appearance of No 4 Great Newport Street. The hook is to the right of the black door at the top of the four stone steps. London is full of unusual objects, many of them easily seen from … Continue reading

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