Previously Unseen Photos Of 1950s And 60s Notting Hill

Previously Unseen Photos Of 1950s And 60s Notting Hill

These images of Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market in the 1950s and 60s might be black and white — but they're bursting with vibrancy, and colourful characters.

Rook Gallery in Newmarket has released the collection, which was taken by amateur photographer, Norman McCaskill — a jazz musician by night and keen photographer by day.

His favourite area was Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill, where wealthy and working class worked alongside one another to sell their antiques, bric-a-brac, fruit, vegetables and jumble.

McCaskill's work shows a fascinating and intimate portrait of life back then and of a forgotten working class that made west London so vibrant.

Says Rook Gallery, "Norman was an observer of the streets and had a wonderful eye to create images at a decisive moment. There are many photographic exhibitions now on that nostalgic era, that we thought this is the right time to release his work."

McCaskill's daughter, Norma, remembers walking the streets of London with him later in the 60s where he always had his Leica slung over his arm to create a moment. She grew up watching him develop his 35mm film in his darkroom and was fascinated by the process.

Norma holds over a 1,000 negatives of her father's work. As well as Notting Hill, there is photography on Brentford Docks, Chiswick, Crufts and more.

Norma would love to know if any of the children are still alive and living in London today.

For more images visit the Rook Gallery website.

Last Updated 02 March 2018

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Richard Knightwell

Lovely pictures. I would be fascinated to know what that graffiti in photo no. 6 says about (presumably) Oswald Mosley...


Great photos, though more about the market than the rest of Notting Hill but perhaps that's the curator's choice rather than the photographer's. I'd also like to know what the Mosley graffito said.