Layers of London. A suitcase full of photographic wonder. Image copyright John Turner It's not often you are sent a set of pictures that make you gasp, especially ones taken decades ago.
Yet here they are, beautiful black and white pictures that have remained hidden, buried in a loft waiting to be brought out into the light. These pictures were taken by John Turner, a property manager based in the centre of London, and were recently unearthed by his daughter and her husband, Liz and Martin Carroll. Following John Turner's death in 1987 a suitcase was passed to them by his widow, Betty.
A quick glance revealed family photos and other pictures taken for his camera club, and it was consigned to the loft for 30 odd years. "Having a clearout last year, I started going through the case to weed out family photos worth saving," says Martin Carroll who used to work as a commercial industrial photographer. It is believed the pictures were taken while Turner worked as a property manager, snatched as he travelled from one location to another. The Interactive Map of Tudor England. A new interactive map allows you to explore London as it looked in the time of Henry VIII.
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Image copyright David Granick Local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown found the pictures when he was invited to review thousands of Granick's colour slides in early 2017. How the London locations of My Beautiful Laundrette have changed since the 1980s. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Stephen Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) is one of the few London-set films whose locations you can visit IRL and not break a sweat crossing the city.
That’s because its story, about a young Pakistani who opens a glamorous launderette with his white punk boyfriend, takes place mainly in a single pocket of the capital, specifically SW8. Penned by Hanif Kureishi and shot in 1985, Frears’ film paints a vibrant portrait of mid-80s multicultural London, where street punks in pork pie hats lurk ominously, like the droogs from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971). It’s memorable, first and foremost, for Daniel Day-Lewis’s Johnny, with his dip-dye hairdo and ‘souf’ London accent.
But beyond that there’s a remarkable sense of place: those grey streets, that ever-present railway junction outside Omar’s (Gordon Warnecke) bathroom window, the sparkly launderette on Wilcox Road – all of which you can walk between. Powders Launderette Wilcox Street. Astonishing photograph of Stepney's Stifford Estate in 1961, from an exhibition 'David Granick: The East End in colour, 1960-1980' opening a… 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of #StPancras first opening. Throughout the year we will be sharing stories and images that celebrate this… Vintage photographs of London, discovered at jumble sales... and what the same places look like now. Gentrification is a global problem. It's time we found a better solution. First come the artists, then the cranes.
As the kamikaze pilots of urban renewal, wherever the creatives go, developers will follow, rents will rise, the artists will move on, and the pre-existing community will be kicked out with them. Such is the accepted narrative of gentrification, a term first coined more than 50 years ago by the German-born British sociologist Ruth Glass to describe changes she observed in north London – but it is a phenomenon that has been at the heart of how cities evolve for centuries. Gentrification in Clapham since 1980s: Who lives here now? The story of a £1m+ London terraced house.
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The area has a distinct character, which you notice as soon as you leave the tube and head past colourful facades adorned with garish murals and enormous three-dimensional signs. It’s no longer as cool as it was, but most Londoners will admit to having hung out here at some point, watching gigs at sticky-floored clubs and mooching round the markets. Come to Camden and you know what you will get: market stalls, music, Italian goths, tattoos and T-shirts of dubious taste. COLLAGE - The London Picture Archive. Old And Modern London, Side By Side. M@ Old And Modern London, Side By Side 'Then and now' comparisons of London are nothing new, but photographer 'Roll the Dice' brings both quantity and quality — and a certain amount of inventiveness — to the genre.
He recreates not only old photographs of the capital, but also seeks out locations from music videos, classic sitcoms, and forgotten films. His archive now contains hundreds of comparison shots from both central London and the suburbs. He's kindly shared these with us in the Londonist Flickr pool, and we're delighted to pick out a few highlights for your perusal. Alternative perspectives on #London sense of place for @Edexcel_Geog quite a nice starter from @Accumul8_N8 ? London Names. *****Placemaking: Pancras Square, London is re-imaging itself. All the site hoardings are printed with leaves #placemaking. *****St Hilda's East, Bethnal Green, East London - The Story of a Community (Video) London mayor launches unprecedented inquiry into foreign property ownership.
London mayor Sadiq Khan is to launch the UK’s most comprehensive inquiry into the impact of foreign investment flooding London’s housing market, amid growing fears about the scale of gentrification and spiralling housing costs in the capital.
Khan said there are “real concerns” about the surge in the number of homes being bought by overseas investors, adding that the inquiry would map the scale of the problem for the first time. “It’s clear we need to better understand the different roles that overseas money plays in London’s housing market, the scale of what’s going on, and what action we can take to support development and help Londoners find a home,” Khan told the Guardian. “That’s why we are commissioning the most thorough research on this matter ever undertaken in Britain – the biggest look of its kind at this issue – so we can figure out exactly what can be done.” Critics say the influx of foreign investors is contributing to a spiralling housing crisis in the capital. London Southbank: You Can't Move History - But You Can Secure the Future.