Royal Docks

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7 December 2001 • Sunset over one of the Royal Docks. Some of the original cranes that were used in the dock have been retained, now surrounded by modern housing.

 

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7 December 2001 • Wider angle from the same spot with the outlines of the Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf Tower towards the right.

Cardinal’s Wharf

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10 July 2002 • Standing at No 49 Bankside, it is the last privately owned house on Bankside. It was probably built about 1712 and, in spite of the elegant plaque stating that Sir Christopher Wren lived in the house, it was built after Wren had died. In 1973 the owner was Major Malcolm Munthe, the son of Axel Munthe, the Swedish author. Malcolm Munthe found out that Wren once lived on Bankside and had the plaque made, wrongly believing that this must be the house.

Temple Bar

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14 November 2004 • The original site of Temple Bar was where Fleet Street joins onto the Strand. The stone gateway was last rebuilt after the Great Fire of London (1666) and stood on that site until 1878 when the City Corporation had it dismantled. The stones of the gate were acquired by Henry Meux, the brewer, and he had it rebuilt as the entrance to his estate in  Theobalds Park, in Hertfordshire. In 2003 the gateway was dismantled once again and rebuilt on a new site in the City of London – just north of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Snow’s Pump in Soho

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5 February 2007 • View looking west in Broadwick Street. The building on the left is the John Snow pub – named in his honour. Near the centre of view is a hand-pump with no handle on it. The pub and the pump have an interesting link. Dr John Snow was an eminent doctor who was the first medical man to deduce that the deadly disease cholera was carried by organisms in water. He worked out that it was the water in the pump that was infected and, because nobody was taking urgent action, he took it upon himself to remove the handle from the pump in the street and thus prevented the local inhabitants from drinking the water. The cholera outbreak subsided and his theory had been proved correct.

Tower Bridge

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22 December 2000 • Tower Bridge in Fog. In spite of old movies showing characters walking around London in fog conditions, such events are very rare these days. Occasionally conditions are right for fog to develop on and around the Thames – mainly on very cold nights in winter. It was those conditions that gave rise to this view of the eastern side of Tower Bridge, with a Thames Sailing barge moored at Butler’s Wharf Pier.

 

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3 July 2002 • Tower Bridge at Golden Jubilee. The year 2002 marked the Golden Jubilee of reign of Queen Elizabeth II and Tower Bridge was floodlit in a golden colour. The photograph was taken at rush with particularly dramatic clouds forming the backdrop.

Lloyd’s Insurance

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4 November 2000 • Lloyd’s Insurance main entrance in Lime Street, a turning off the south side of Leadenhall Street. Two colours of lighting have blended to form the unusual effect. The purple-blue colour was due to the building’s floodlights on the exterior. The orange glow was caused by the street light reflecting on the stainless steel of the building’s structure.


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