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18 January 2013 | By: Lindsey

The Friday Photos: Egyptian London

The Friday Photos: Egyptian London

Following a Sphinx spotting thread on our Facebook page this week, we were inspired to search our Flickrpool for traces of ancient Egypt in London.

Embankment is a hub for Egyptian influences, with Cleopatra's Needle and its flanking sphinxes and ornamental benches. In Embankment Gardens, the memorial to the Imperial Camel Corps pays tribute to those who lost their lives in action in Egypt, as well as Sinai and Palestine. Thanks to Martin de Kauwe, Stuart-Lee and Mark Cornick for sharing their photos in the Londonist pool.

The terraces at Crystal Palace Park are flanked by huge stone Sphinxes, some in great condition, as you can see in Past London's photo. Others are off-limits and crumbling to bits, or in danger of defacement, as Ronald Hackston's colourful shot from 2009 shows.

Curry15 has contributed four photos to this set, thanks to his eye for detail and handy copy of Pevsner. Click these links to find out more about his pictures of Richmond Avenue, the former Carlton Cinema on Essex Road, the former Carreras Cigarette Factory on Hampstead Road and Kilmorey Mausoleum in Twickenham.

Visitors to Highgate Cemetery can't fail to be impressed by the Egyptian style tombs in Egyptian Avenue, photographed here by Amanda Farah. And this Egyptian head in Kensal Green cemetery was spotted and snapped by victorianlondon.

Many thanks also to Simon Crubellier for his photo of the magnificent Anubis in Trafalgar Square back in 2007 and Taro Taylor for her Walk Like an Egyptian capture.

Oh, and as a bonus extra, this is what an Egyptian Goose looks like, courtesy of Stephen I*liffe. These are migratory birds that really shouldn't be found in Palmers Green in the middle of winter. But there you go.

Many thanks to all our photographers for sharing their photos in the Londonist Flickrpool.


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