Princess Street, SE1

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Princess Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.





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Scott Hatton   
Added: 11 Sep 2020 19:47 GMT   

Millions Of Rats In Busy London
The Daily Mail on 14 April 1903 reported "MILLIONS OF RATS IN BUSY LONDON"

A rat plague, unprecedented in the annals of London, has broken out on the north side of the Strand. The streets principally infested are Catherine street, Drury lane, Blackmore street, Clare Market and Russell street. Something akin to a reign of terror prevails among the inhabitants after nightfall. Women refuse to pass along Blackmore street and the lower parts of Stanhope street after dusk, for droves of rats perambulate the roadways and pavements, and may be seen running along the window ledges of the empty houses awaiting demolition by the County Council in the Strand to Holborn improvement scheme.

The rats, indeed, have appeared in almost-incredible numbers. "There are millions of them," said one shopkeeper, and his statement was supported by other residents. The unwelcome visitors have been evicted from their old haunts by the County Council housebreakers, and are now busily in search of new homes. The Gaiety Restaurant has been the greatest sufferer. Rats have invaded the premises in such force that the managers have had to close the large dining room on the first floor and the grill rooms on the ground floor and in the basement. Those three spacious halls which have witnessed many as semblages of theatre-goers are now qui:e deserted. Behind the wainscot of the bandstand in the grillroom is a large mound of linen shreds. This represents 1728 serviettes carried theee by the rats.

In the bar the removal of a panel disclosed the astonishing fact that the rats have dragged for a distance of seven or eight yards some thirty or forty beer and wine bottles and stacked them in such a fashion as to make comfortable sleeping places. Mr Williams. the manager of the restaurant, estimates that the rats have destroyed L200 worth of linen. Formerly the Gaiety Restaurant dined 2000 persons daily; no business whatever is now done in this direction.

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Bruce McTavish   
Added: 11 Mar 2021 11:37 GMT   

Kennington Road
Lambeth North station was opened as Kennington Road and then Westminster Bridge Road before settling on its final name. It has a wonderful Leslie Green design.

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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MCNALLY    
Added: 17 May 2021 09:42 GMT   

Blackfriars (1959 - 1965)
I lived in Upper Ground from 1959 to 1964 I was 6 years old my parents Vince and Kitty run the Pub The Angel on the corner of Upper Ground and Bodies Bridge. I remember the ceiling of the cellar was very low and almost stretched the length of Bodies Bridge. The underground trains run directly underneath the pub. If you were down in the cellar when a train was coming it was quite frightening

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Johna216   
Added: 9 Aug 2017 16:26 GMT   

Thanks!
I have recently started a web site, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work. There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail. by Erich Fromm. eeggefeceefb

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Johnshort   
Added: 7 Oct 2017 21:07 GMT   

Hurley Road, SE11
There were stables in the road mid way - also Danny reading had a coal delivery lorry.

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Robert smitherman   
Added: 23 Aug 2017 11:01 GMT   

Saunders Street, SE11
I was born in a prefab on Saunders street SE11 in the 60’s, when I lived there, the road consisted of a few prefab houses, the road originally ran from Lollard street all the way thru to Fitzalan street. I went back there to have a look back in the early 90’s but all that is left of the road is about 20m of road and the road sign.

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Tom   
Added: 21 May 2021 23:07 GMT   

Blackfriars
What is, or was, Bodies Bridge?

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Added: 27 Jul 2021 14:31 GMT   

correction
Chaucer did not write Pilgrims Progress. His stories were called the Canterbury Tales

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sam   
Added: 31 Dec 2021 00:54 GMT   

Burdett Street, SE1
I was on 2nd July 1952, in Burdett chambers (which is also known as Burdett buildings)on Burdett street

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Added: 3 Jun 2021 15:50 GMT   

All Bar One
The capitalisation is wrong

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT


Scott Hatton   
Added: 30 Jan 2023 11:28 GMT   

The Beatles on a London rooftop
The Beatles’ rooftop concert took place on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building in London. It was their final public performance as a band and was unannounced, attracting a crowd of onlookers. The concert lasted for 42 minutes and included nine songs. The concert is remembered as a seminal moment in the history of rock music and remains one of the most famous rock performances of all time.

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Michael Upham   
Added: 16 Jan 2023 21:16 GMT   

Bala Place, SE16
My grandfather was born at 2 Bala Place.

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Added: 15 Jan 2023 09:49 GMT   

The Bombing of Nant Street WW2
My uncle with his young son and baby daughter were killed in the bombing of Nant Street in WW2. His wife had gone to be with her mother whilst the bombing of the area was taking place, and so survived. Cannot imagine how she felt when she returned to see her home flattened and to be told of the death of her husband and children.


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Lived here
Brian J MacIntyre   
Added: 8 Jan 2023 17:27 GMT   

Malcolm Davey at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square
My former partner, actor Malcolm Davey, lived at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square, for many years until his death. He was a wonderful human being and an even better friend. A somewhat underrated actor, but loved by many, including myself. I miss you terribly, Malcolm. Here’s to you and to History, our favourite subject.
Love Always - Brian J MacIntyre
Minnesota, USA

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Robert Burns   
Added: 5 Jan 2023 17:46 GMT   

1 Abourne Street
My mother, and my Aunt and my Aunt’s family lived at number 1 Abourne Street.
I remember visitingn my aunt Win Housego, and the Housego family there. If I remember correctly virtually opposite number 1, onthe corner was the Lord Amberley pub.

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Comment
   
Added: 30 Dec 2022 21:41 GMT   

Southam Street, W10
do any one remember J&A DEMOLITON at harrow rd kensal green my dad work for them in a aec 6 wheel tipper got a photo of him in it

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Fumblina   
Added: 26 Dec 2022 18:59 GMT   

Detailed history of Red Lion
I’m not the author but this blog by Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms has loads of really clear information about the history of the Red Lion which people might appreciate.


Source: ‘Professor Morris’ and the Red Lion, Kilburn

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BG   
Added: 20 Dec 2022 02:58 GMT   

Lancing Street, NW1
LANCING STREET

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Elephant and Castle Elephant and Castle is one of five London tube stations named after a pub.
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park is a public park in Kennington.
Morley College Morley College is an adult education college in south London.
St George’s Cathedral The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St George, usually known as St George’s Cathedral, Southwark is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.

NEARBY STREETS
Albert Barnes House, SE1 Albert Barnes House can be found on New Kent Road.
Alder Path, SE17 Alder Path lies in Elephant and Castle.
Arch Street, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Arrol House, SE1 Arrol House is a block on Rockingham Street.
Art Works Elephant, SE17 Art Works Elephant is a location in London.
Art Works House, SE17 Art Works House is a location in London.
Artworks House, SE17 Artworks House is a location in London.
Ash Avenue, SE12 Ash Avenue is a location in London.
Austral Street, SE11 Austral Street runs from West Square to Brook Drive.
Avonmouth House, SE1 Avonmouth House can be found on Avonmouth Street.
Avonmouth Street, SE1 Avonmouth Street was formerly called Devonshire Street.
Ayliffe Place, SE1 Ayliffe Place was situated at the end of Ayliffe Street.
Banks House, SE1 Banks House is located on Rockingham Street.
Barbel Street, SE1 Barbel Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Barkham Terrace, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Bath House, SE1 Bath House can be found on Bath Terrace.
Bath Terrace, SE1 Bath Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Binnie House, SE1 Binnie House is a block on Bath Terrace.
Bishops Terrace, SE11 Bishops Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Bodley Way, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Borough Road, SE1 Borough Road runs east-west between St George’s Circus and Borough High Street.
Brockham Street, SE1 Brockham Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Brook Drive, SE1 Brook Drive is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Brook Drive, SE11 Brook Drive is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Brooke Drive, SE11 Brooke Drive is a location in London.
Brunlees House, SE1 Brunlees House is a block on Bath Terrace.
Buckstone Apartments, SE1 Buckstone Apartments is a block on Blackfriars Road.
Cabanel Apartments, SE1 Cabanel Apartments is a block on Milcote Street.
Castle Square, SE17 Castle Square is a location in London.
Castlebrook Close, SE11 Castlebrook Close is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Caxton House, SE1 Caxton House is a block on Borough Road.
Churchyard Row, SE11 Churchyard Row is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Colnbrook Street, SE1 Colnbrook Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Conquest Apartments, SE1 Conquest Apartments is sited on Blackfriars Road.
Cooper Close, SE1 Cooper Close is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Cottesloe Mews, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Dante Place, SE11 Dante Place is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Dante Road, SE11 Dante Road is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Deacon Street, SE17 Deacon Street is a location in London.
Deacon Way, SE17 Deacon Way is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Delphini Apartments, SE1 Delphini Apartments can be found on Blackfriars Road.
Devonshire House, SE1 Devonshire House is a block on Bath Terrace.
Dibdin Row, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Dodson Street, SE1 Dodson Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Draper House, SE1 Draper House is a block on A3.
Dryden Court, SE11 Dryden Court is a block in Newington.
Dugard Way, SE11 Dugard Way is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Elephant & Castle, SE1 Elephant & Castle is a name for a short section of road beside the noted junction of the same name.
Elephant Road, SE17 Elephant Road is one of the streets of London in the SE17 postal area.
Elliott’s Row, SE11 Elliott’s Row is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Ellis Apartments, SE1 Ellis Apartments is a block on Milcote Street.
Farrell Court, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Fraser Court, SE1 Fraser Court is a block on Brockham Street.
Garden Row, SE1 Garden Row is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Gardiner House, SE1 Gardiner House is a block on Borough Road.
Gaunt Street, SE1 Gaunt Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Gaywood Street, SE1 Gaywood Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Geraldine Street, SE11 Geraldine Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Gerridge Street, SE1 Gerridge Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Gibbings House, SE1 Gibbings House can be found on King James Street.
Gilbert Road, SE11 Gilbert Road is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Glade Path, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Gladstone Street, SE1 Gladstone Street was built in the 1840s.
Gloucester Court, SE1 Gloucester Court can be found on Swan Street.
Gundulf Street, SE11 Gundulf Street is a location in London.
Hannibal House, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Hayles Street, SE11 Hayles Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Hedger Street, SE11 Hedger Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Heralds Place, SE11 Heralds Place is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Heygate Street, SE17 Heygate Street is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Holyoak Road, SE11 Holyoak Road is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Howell Walk, SE1 Howell Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Hunter House, SE1 Hunter House is a block on King James Street.
Kell Street, SE1 Kell Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Keyworth Street, SE1 Keyworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
King Edward Walk, SE1 King Edward Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
King James Street, SE1 King James Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
King’s Place, SE1 King’s Place lies off of Borough High Street.
Lamlash Street, SE11 Lamlash Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Lancaster Street, SE1 Lancaster Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Laurie House, SE1 Laurie House is sited on Gaywood Street.
Library Street, SE1 Library Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
London Road, SE1 London Road is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Longridge House, SE1 Longridge House is a block on Falmouth Road.
Lumiere Court, SE1 Lumiere Court is sited on Lancaster Street.
Martin House, SE1 Martin House is a block on Falmouth Road.
Mathieson Court, SE1 Mathieson Court is a block on King James Street.
Meadow Row, SE1 Meadow Row is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Melbway House, SE1 Melbway House is a block on Meadow Row.
Milcote Street, SE1 Milcote Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Monkton Street, SE11 Monkton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Morley Street, SE1 Morley Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Muro Court, SE1 Muro Court is a block on Milcote Street.
New Kent Road, SE1 New Kent Road is a road in the SE17 postcode area
Newington Butts, SE1 Newington Butts is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Newington Causeway, SE1 Newington Causeway appears to have been so named in the middle of the 18th century.
Newington Court, SE1 Newington Court is a block on Newington Court.
Newman House, SE1 Newman House is a block on Garden Row.
Nightingale Mews, SE11 Nightingale Mews is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Oakden Street, SE11 Oakden Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Ontario Street, SE1 Ontario Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Orient Street, SE11 Orient Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Oswin Street, SE11 Oswin Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Pastor Street, SE1 Pastor Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Pearman Street, SE1 Pearman Street is one of the centres of London.
Perronet House, SE1 Perronet House is a block on Princess Street.
Pioneer/Signal Building, SE1 Pioneer/Signal Building is a block on Newington Causeway.
Plymouth Chambers, SE17 Plymouth Chambers was a named address just off the New Kent Road.
Prospect House, SE1 Prospect House is a block on Gaywood Street.
Rankine House, SE1 Rankine House is a block on Bath Terrace.
Renfrew Road, SE11 Renfrew Road is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Rennie House, SE1 Rennie House is a building on Bath Terrace.
Rockingham Street, SE1 Rockingham Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Rotary Street, SE1 Rotary Street runs from Borough Road to Thomas Doyle Street.
Rumford House, SE1 Rumford House is sited on Bath Terrace.
Sayer Street, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
Sir John Soane Apartments, SE17 Sir John Soane Apartments is a block on O’Callaghan Way.
Skipton House, SE1 Skipton House is a block on London Road.
Smeaton Court, SE1 Smeaton Court is a block on Rockingham Street.
South Bank Technopark, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
South Garden Court, SE17 South Garden Court is located on O’Callaghan Way.
Spare Street, SE17 A street within the SE17 postcode
St Gabriel Walk, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
St George’s Court, SE1 St George’s Court is a block on Garden Row.
St Georges Road, SE1 St Georges Road is one of the main thoroughfares of south London.
St George’s Circus, SE1 St Georges Circus is a junction where six major roads meet.
St Marys Gardens, SE11 St Marys Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
St Marys Walk, SE11 St Marys Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
St Matthews Court, SE1 St Matthews Court is a block on Meadow Row.
St. Georges Mews, SE1 St George’s Mews lies off of Westminster Bridge Road.
St. Marys Gardens, SE11 St. Marys Gardens is a location in London.
Stephenson House, SE1 Stephenson House is a block on Bath Terrace.
Swan Street, SE1 Swan Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Tarn Street, SE1 Tarn Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Tavern Court, SE1 Tavern Court is a block on New Kent Road.
Telford House, SE1 Telford House is located on Tiverton Street.
The Chandlery, SE1 The Chandlery is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Thomas Doyle Street, SE1 Thomas Doyle Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Tiverton Street, SE1 Tiverton Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Trinity House, SE1 Trinity House is a block on Bath Terrace.
Two Eagles House, SE11 Two Eagles House is located on Brooke Drive.
Walcot Square, SE11 Walcot Square’s late Georgian terraced houses surround a private triangular garden owned and maintained by the Walcot Foundation.
Walworth Road, SE1 The northernmost section of Walworth Road, nearest to the Elephant and Castle lies in the SE1 postal area.
Wardroper House, SE1 Wardroper House is a block on St George’s Road.
Wellesley Court, SE1 Wellesley Court is a block on Rockingham Street.
West Combe Apartments, SE1 West Combe Apartments is a block on Newington Causeway.
West Square, SE1 West Square was developed from 1794 onwards.
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 Westminster Bridge Road runs on an east-west axis and passes through the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Whitehorse Mews, SE1 Whitehorse Mews is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Wincott Street, SE11 Wincott Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Wollaston Close, SE17 A street within the SE1 postcode

NEARBY PUBS
Elephant and Castle tavern The name Elephant and Castle which now gives its name to this whole area of London was is derived from a coaching inn.


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Elephant and Castle

Elephant and Castle is one of five London tube stations named after a pub.

One thing Elephant and Castle is not named after is 'La Infanta de Castilla', seemingly referring to a series of Spanish princesses such as Eleanor of Castile and María, the daughter of Philip III of Spain. However, Eleanor of Castile was not an infanta - the term only appeared in English about 1600. María has a strong British connection because she was once controversially engaged to Charles I, but she had no connection with Castile. Infanta de Castilla therefore seems to be a conflation of two Iberian royals separated by 300 years.

Regardless, the pub of that name gave its name to the station, and in turn the station to the nearby area - originally called Newington.

Elephant & Castle tube station is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line between Kennington and Borough, and is the southern terminus of the Bakerloo Line.

The station was built in two stages. The Northern Line station opened on 18 December 1890 as part of the first deep-level tube, the City & South London Railway (C&SLR). The Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (BS&WR) station opened on 5 August 1906, five months after the rest of the line. Although belonging to separate companies, the platforms were connected below ground from 10 August 1906.

The first baby to be born on the underground was born at the station in 1924. Press reports claimed that she had been named Thelma Ursula Beatrice Eleanor (so that her initials would have read T.U.B.E.) but this story later proved false, and she was named Marie Cordery. Elephant and Castle seems to specialise in names which prove false!


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Postal area SE1
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Hopton Street, Borough, 1977.
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Demolition of the Heygate Estate and the construction of Elephant Central, May 2014. The Heygate Estate had been completed in 1974. The estate was used extensively as a filming location, due in part to its brutalist architecture.
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Amelia Street, SE11 This originally consisted of late 19th century tenement blocks built by James Pullen between 1886 and 1901. During the 1980s the buildings between Manor Place and the south side of Amelia Street were demolished. The demolition of the rest of the Pullens Estate was prevented when squatters, intent on preserving the remainder of an individual late Victorian estate, occupied some of the blocks. The south side of Amelia Street is now an open space - Pullens Gardens - created following the demolition of a tenement block.
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Gladstone Street showing Albert Terrace in the background (1977)
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Lant Street, Southwark In 1824, when Charles Dickens was 12 years old, his father, John Dickens, was arrested and sent to Marshalsea Prison for failure to pay a debt. During this time, Charles (the only member of the family not imprisoned) took up residence in the back-attic of a house on Lant Street, a short walk away from the prison. Lant Street was in an area known as "The Mint" which was notorious for its overcrowded conditions.
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Postcard depicting Walworth Road and "The King’s First Visit To South London May 1911". The king in question was George V
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An open air performance of Charles Dickens’ ’Oliver Twist’ taking place in Mint Street, Southwark on 5 May 1928.
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Peabody Square, Blackfriars Road, Bankside, c.1872
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"Some High, Lonely Tow’r" Woolwich-based artist Gail Brodholt creates striking linocuts of her city. "I suppose what I’m really interested in is those unconsidered and unnoticed places that people pass through," says Brodholt, "They are on their way to somewhere else, presumably more important — on the escalators, on the tube, train station platforms, motorways.."
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Heygate Estate (1970s)
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