Thursday, April 24, 2008

The End (Or Beginning) Of Old Compton Street

Monday, April 21, 2008

Dean Street


Glancing down Dean Street in Soho.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Looking Down Frith Street


This is next to the spot at which I captured the corner of Frith and Old Compton Streets in the last post.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Corner of Frith And Old Compton Streets

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Euston Road And the Jam Cam


This is on Euston Road, not far from Great Portland Street. If you would like to see real time traffic updates, check out the BBC's Jam Cam.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Wellcome Library


The library is the building in the left of the photo. Their web site let us know that
Part of Wellcome Collection, a major new £30 million public venue developed by the Wellcome Trust, the Library has over 750 000 books and journals, an extensive range of manuscripts, archives and films, and more than 250 000 pictures. We are one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history and we also provide access to a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science. ... In 2005 the Wellcome Library was awarded 'Designated' status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. This means that its collections have been recognised as being outstanding as an historical, evidential and cultural resource of national and international importance in the field of the history of medicine.
The Wellcome Library is located on Euston Road.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Wellington Arch


This particular arch (one of many in London it seems) is located in Hyde Park. Wikipedia tells us that
The arch, and Marble Arch close by, were both planned in 1825 by George IV to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic Wars. The Wellington Arch was also conceived as an outer gateway to Constitution Hill and therefore a grand entrance into central London from the west.

The Wellington Arch was built between 1826-1830 to a design by Decimus Burton. Much of the intended exterior ornamentation was omitted as a cost-saving exercise after the King's overspending on the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace, which was underway at the same time. The arch originally stood almost directly opposite Apsley House, a short distance from, and at a right-angles to, its present location.

In 1846 the Arch was selected as a suitable location for a statue of Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, soldier and Prime Minister. The statue by Matthew Cotes Wyatt which eventually crowned the arch was 8.5m high, the largest equestrian figure ever made. It was so enormous that it generated considerable controversy at the time.

In 1882-3, the arch was moved a short distance to its present location on Hyde Park Corner to facilitate a road widening scheme. It is today in the centre of a large traffic island.