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Lost London 1870-1945

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Buildings that, unfortunately for some were later destroyed, disappearing buildings with beautiful painted halls and staircases, showing there were fundamental flaws in the legislations designed to protect important historic buildings and even ancient monuments. This gallery is dedicated to some of the best fiction and nonfiction portraying one of the greatest cities in the world. An excellent account in both images and short supporting text of what has been lost from London's environments - sometimes for the better; sometimes for the worst.

Important in that context is that "[The images] have been selected to show the commonplace rather than the great-set pieces,. These photographs were rediscovered and curated after almost a century by Vijay Mehta and Steve Hurst of EH London Region (all praise! The insight these photos give into what London was like during the war is truly eye-opening and horrifying. A Michelin-starred pub, a bar beyond a blank blue door, a book club wired for massive sound, a green hill to behold the cityʼs skyline and a restaurant above the clouds. The East End, were among the ship chandlers, opium dens a wilderness of dirt, rags and hunger, this part of London is haunting and heartbreaking but filled with a strength of character.

For me, I first visited my favorite city in the 1980s, when it looked, by comparison to Paris and other cities, very tired and unsure of itself.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). These were the days before people were concerned about conservation, and a great many remarkable buildings surviving from as far back as before the Great Fire have been lost.

We find a photo hanging on a wall from 1895, the great frozen River Thames, were amazed to hear frost fairs were held on the ice. With each discarded book, we thought of the imagination, magic, and knowledge lost forever to a garbage heap and we endeavored to find a better way. But had we had Vic Keegan’s book with us (and next time we will) how much more would we have seen and imagined! London Councils or your borough may need to contact you about your Freedom Pass, for instance when we undertake eligibility reviews or invite you to renew your pass before its expiry date. Buildings are to be lived and worked in, after all, not admired as empty white elephants from a distance.

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