25 May 2017 | 11.7 °C

London Timewarp #11

M@
By M@ Last edited 120 months ago
London Timewarp #11
sohopair.jpg

And so over to Soho Square, home of New Media, the Football Association and a strange garden shed. 1927 and 2007.

From this angle, looking eastward, alterations to the square appear minimal. Only the buildings to the extreme left and right have changed. The two plane trees in the foreground have grown, but retain their mutually repulsed angles. The clearest mark of 'progress', aside from the vehicles, is the presence of Centrepoint, almost obscured by trees.

Soho Square was built in the 1680s on land owned by the Earl of St Albans. Most of the surrounding buildings have changed several times, but the gardens are little altered since Victorian times. The famous tool shed at the centre appeared in the 1870s, replacing a statue of Charles II.

Images taken from the Wonderful London Flickr group.

Last Updated 21 May 2007

your history

why don't you try to be more creative?

also

your photo is completely inferior.

abac

lol, what weird commenters you get on this site.

Mark Walley

Oh gosh, I took that photo and am mortally offended by those comments. Especially the one by 'your history'. CUT TO THE CORE I tell you.

Mark Walley

Oh gosh, I took that photo and am mortally offended by those comments. Especially the one by 'your history'. CUT TO THE CORE I tell you.

Greg

The shed "replaced" the Charles II statue in the 1870s, as you say... but then they put the statue back, right? In 1938, according to some googling. I seem to remember there is some story or other about the return of the statue, but googling isn't being immediately forthcoming about that.

In any case, the original statue is in the square. Also visible in the square: gays.

(Confidential to Londonist: What's wrong with your comments? And TypeKey is vexing me, too. Sort it out!)