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London Timewarp #1

M@
By M@ Last edited 123 months ago
London Timewarp #1

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It's the start of a brand new column, where we'll be taking a look at the changing face of London over the last century or so. Kind of like a time-travelling photoblog.

To kick off, here are views of St James, Clerkenwell in 1906 and 2006, a scene which has barely altered. Fewer trees, less cabling and a couple of extra rooms above the building on the left are the only real changes in a hundred years.

The church was built by local man James Carr, and dedicated in 1792 by the preposterously named Bishop Beilby Porteus. It stands just north of Clerkenwell Green - also preposterously named.

Last Updated 22 November 2006

lee

The cabling is probably telegraph cables, which used to festoon London rooftops - eg. see this grainy pic of Elephant and Castle

http://www.victorianlondon.org/ql/queenslondon302.htm

Rob

Yeah I love the fact there are less cables in the future, I'm half expecting to see a black and white satellite dish half-hidden in the 1906 photo.

M@

It's the same with advertising and road traffic. Much more in the olden days than now, as future installments of this column will show.

Rob

Can someone please photoshop the b+w photo to include loads of modern day crap and enter it for our Touch Up London segment?

simon

see ... this is EXACTLY why I love londonist. A quite large lesbian being voted the coolest person in the world receives NO comments. An old picture of a church gets FOUR comments. God bless you all. x

piersy

set up a flickr group as thought this was a great idea, oh, and nicked your photos...sorry.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/6...

If you chaps at londonist would like to administer it then pop me a flickr amil and i'll gladly hand over the reins.

P