Adventures in History: Photos of the Mile End Road

Whitechapel during the OlympicsMarket stallThe former brewery engineer's houseTrinity Almshouses: the entranceTrinity Almshouses: the greenMile End Road mural
Bar 45Street art, Mile End RoadBellevue Place8 and 9 Bellevue PlaceThe vegetable garden in Bellevue PlaceBilly Bunter's Snack Bar
Former gloryForty Winks, 109 Mile End RoadSecret house 1Secret house 2The entrance to Mile End PlaceMile End Place
Houses in Mile End PlaceThe pink house and the brown houseQueen Mary, University of LondonQueen Mary: the main buildingQueen Mary: the clock towerRegent's Canal from Mile End Road

Adventures in History: The Mile End Road, a set on Flickr.

This is the 79th photo set in my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, which I began last May. I currently have around 8,000 photos to publish, to add to the 1,500 or so I have already published, so it would be fair to say that it’s a project that is slightly out of control, in which it has proven far easier to get out and about taking photos, than it is to upload them.

Part of this is because I insist on spending time researching the places I photograph, so that my record of London is not just photographic, but a text-based historical record as well. However, it is also because, from the beginning of the project, I have been responding to the long years I spent indoors, writing on a daily basis about Guantánamo, followed by my illness two years ago, with an insatiable desire to be outdoors, on a bike, as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Photos of Shadwell: School, Street Art, Studios and Railway Bridges

Space age hospitalWindmills not yuppiesWatney MarketBishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate SchoolFoxgloves at schoolWatching over us
Under the bridgeThe gentrification of Johnson StreetShadwell ladySlightly menacing pandaAn arc of lightGhostly family
Damp clownSelf-portrait in ShadwellNumber 6The exotic garden at Bishop Challoner SchoolConvent of MercyCable Street Studios
Pallets in Pitsea PlaceBrutalism on Stepney CausewayBlue bridge 1: Stepney CausewayAt the back of Cable Street StudiosBlue bridge 2: Pitsea StreetCable Street Studios' wonderful windows

Shadwell: School, Street Art, Studios and Railway Bridges, a set on Flickr.

As part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, I’m currently posting five sets of photos of a journey I made on a hot, sunny day in July, when I travelled from my home in Brockley, south east London, through New Cross and Bermondsey to the River Thames, and then across Tower Bridge and up to Commercial Road, one of the great arteries of east London, built to service London’s docks two hundred years ago.

Located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Commercial Road, which runs for two miles, passes through four areas within Tower Hamlets — Whitechapel, Shadwell, Limehouse and Stepney — where poverty is still prevalent, despite the encroaching gentrification, and these contrasts are reflected in the architecture — some old and decaying, some old and restored, and some with the gleaming new arrogance of London’s currently unfettered developers. Read the rest of this entry »

Photos of Commercial Road: The 21st Century Rag Trade

The old brick towerThe dark tunnelArch 46England car washGoodman's Fields building siteWines and spirits and gentrification
Harry Gosling Primary SchoolCommercial Road, looking eastDreamweaverDresses, and Marilyn MonroeCharlie's Shopfitting Co.Euro Miss
The house on the cornerStreet sceneFood & WineWorn-out horses and jockeysFeelingsEternity
Dressed to impressBoxesFast food and the lotteryReally cheap mannequinsI'm really cheapShoe Candy

Commercial Road: The 21st Century Rag Trade, a set on Flickr.

As part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, this is the second of five photo sets that I’m belatedly publishing, many months after they were taken, which capture a journey that I took, on a particularly hot and sunny Tuesday in July, just before the Olympics madness took off.

The first set focused on the start of my journey, through New Cross and Bermondsey, south of the River Thames, and after crossing Tower Bridge, this second set features my journey to Commercial Road, and then east along that great artery of east London. Read the rest of this entry »

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