Category Archives: /West (Wes)

Horse Ferry, Lambeth

Above: Painting made in 1710 of the horse ferry between Lambeth and Westminster. It can be seen that it was in the form of a raft and, in this case, is conveying a coach and two horses. Lambeth Palace is … Continue reading

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Vauxhall Bridge

Above: Vauxhall Bridge shown on Stanford’s map of 1878. Vauxhall Bridge is an interesting subject because there are several aspects of it that are unusual. The bridge was built 1811-16 of cast iron, designed by J Walker with nine equal-size … Continue reading

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Hay Barges on the Thames

Above: View of St Paul’s Cathedral with a hay barge in the foreground. At one time in London (when we were younger than we are now) there were many small petrol stations to be found, making filling up the car … Continue reading

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Crossrail Pictures and Videos

Above: Artist’s impression of the new Crossrail trains which will be 200 metres long. The carriages are longer than on other trains with three doors each side of the carriage (instead of the normal two). A very topical subject at … Continue reading

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Palace of Westminster by Brewer

Above: The amazingly detailed drawing by Brewer of the Palace of Westminster, showing how it would have looked about 1500. Henry William Brewer (1836-1903) was a London based architectural illustrator active in the late 19th century. Brewer is little known … Continue reading

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Royal Aquarium, Westminster

Above: The large ornate building, which faced towards Westminster Abbey across Victoria Street, looks rather like a Victorian station. Originally known as the ‘Royal Aquarium and Winter Garden’ it opened on 22 January 1876. It stood in Tothill Street, almost … Continue reading

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Victoria Tower by Moonlight

Above: A moonlight night in Westminster, with the Victoria Tower in the background. Standing under a street lamp, a woman watches a man walk away. The attractive painting is by Yoshio Markino (1869–1956), a Japanese artist and author who spent … Continue reading

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