Facebook Memories flashed up a picture at the weekend that I’d taken a few years ago whilst visiting a friend in Kilburn, and it reminded me of the time-consuming wonder of the internet when curiosity gets the better of you. The picture on the left is a still from the “The Smallest Show on Earth”, […]Read more "The Cinema at the Tube Station"
On the back of my last post about the rarely-used-in-passenger-service Primrose Hill link on the Overground, I was doing some reading about this railway and came across the fact that my local station, Kensal Green, was opened on 1st October 1916. “That means the 100th anniversary is only a couple of days away!” I thought to myself. […]Read more "Kensal Green Station at 100"
This post combines several of my favourite things – old black and white films, local history, social history, and photography. The 1949 Ealing Studios film The Blue Lamp (the film that invented Dixon of Dock Green) recently played out on the TV, and having never seen it before I was excited when I noticed many of the locations […]Read more "“The Blue Lamp”: West London Then & Now"
In Part 1 I made some “Then and Now” comparison photos for the filming locations in Ealing Films’s The Blue Lamp, mainly on Harrow Road and the Grand Union Canal. In this second instalment, I’ve journeyed further west to North Kensington and areas nearby which were mainly used in the car chase towards the end of the film. This […]Read more "“The Blue Lamp” Then & Now Part 2"
My old London photos seem to have attracted a bit of interest, so I thought I’d put up the fullest versions that I have – I had to do a bit of cropping to make them match my “Now” equivalents in the comparison images. I only ever photochemically printed four of the pictures – as these are the […]Read more "London: 1907 and Now – In Full"
Around 1996 my Uncle Jason gave me a box of quarter plate negatives he’d picked up from a flea market a few years prior to that. I’d just taken up an A Level Photography course and I used the opportunity to make contact prints of the glass plates. The box was marked “Day Trip Views of London […]Read more "London: 1907 and Now"