Ye olde London

London is so full of history. It isn’t just the old buildings, the iconic landmarks or the pubs that have been there for centuries – there’s an atmosphere about parts of London where you can almost feel the ghosts of the people who walked down those streets centuries before you. I feel this particularly in the evenings and at night. I don’t know why this is – it might just be the legacy of a lifetime of ghost stories.

Black and white seems the obvious choice for portraying the atmosphere and history of these places. The first image is looking down Fleet Street towards St Paul’s. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs in London. But of course, this is the 21st century and so a sign for one of the oldest pubs is joined by a sign for the ubiquitous Pret a Manger.

Victorian houses and lamp post on Roupell Street behind Waterloo East Station

Roupell Street, just behind Waterloo East station, is one of my favourite streets in London. Most of the Victorian terraced houses are still standing along the cobbled street and there’s a wonderful pub – The King’s Arms. It feels like you’ve left the 21st century behind when you turn the corner into the street. The modern does intrude on the facades though, with the burglar alarms and television aerials. And the street is lined with parked cars which makes it difficult to get a good long shot of the terraced houses. But if you ignore the cars, aerials, burglar alarms, modern blinds, people, you can very easily imagine the street with girls in smocks playing with hoops and boys in caps swinging on the lamp posts.

 

Black and white photo of the stage door of the Cambridge Theatre, London

This is the stage door of the Cambridge Theatre. I usually find the backs of theatres much more interesting than the front. So many interesting people have walked through these doors.

4 thoughts on “Ye olde London

  1. Great post. I love the stage doors (back of the theater) as well. After attending “Mama Mia” in London, we walked past the stage door and a whole group of Japanese teenagers were waiting for the male actors to come out. There were lots of “screams” and “cheers” So fun to watch!!

    1. Yes – I’ve seen some scenes of near hysteria at stage doors – when Patrick Stewart and an actor from Dawson’s Creek were in a play on Shaftsbury Avenue. They had to be escorted to their cars!
      I saw the play but can’t for the life of me remember what it was called or the other actor’s name!

  2. Great shots. I lived in London in the mid 1970s (on a working holiday) and I have no doubt that inner London has changed since I was there.

    I guess like Melbourne, Aust (where I live), you would notice the changes happening in your city & surrounds every week.

    Glad you are documenting them. Nothing beats a photo for a candid look at everyday life. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

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