1950s 1960s London

98. London – Between 1955 and 1963 – Red Ektachome odds

Doris lived quite near London and so there are a few shots of day trips, state occasions and events such as the Lord Mayor’s Parade.

City

21 between 1957 and 1963 Old London Bridge from Tower Bridge
This is a view from the south side of Tower Bridge. The Monument is dead centre with St Paul’s to the left. The bridge is the old London Bridge that got sold to an Arizona attraction. The legend is that he thought that he was buying Tower Bridge, but that is not true. Behind the bridge is Cannon Street train station which looks a lot better today.
03 between 1957 and 1963 London Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge from the north side looking towards where the Shard is now. Note the dock cranes. My great-grandfather was a dock crane driver in the cement works up river in Lambeth.
25 between 1957 and 1963 London The Monument
This is The Monument, named after the local tube station (carry on reading – you’ll get used to my attempts at humour). There are stairs inside which I probably would not attempt today.

Horse Guards

02 between 1957 and 1963 Horse Guards Parade
Uncertain state occasion – probably Opening of Parliament or a trip to Sainsbury’s.
04 between 1957 and 1963 Horse Guards Parade London
The servicemen dress the same, but not the sightseers.
07 between 1957 and 1963 Horse Guards Parade
Duke of Edinburgh?
08 between 1957 and 1963 Horse Guards Parade London
And he’s gone.
between 1957 and 1963 Horse Guards Parade London
between 1957 and 1963 Horse Guards Parade London
10 between 1957 and 1963 Horse Guards Parade
The Queen Mother. I had a question mark but my mum immediately said Queen Mum.

Lord Mayor’s Show

Held in November with a great emphasis on the floats. This is where sixes and sevens originates (possibly).

Doris would have been standing where Great Victoria Street and Watling Street meet.

15 between 1957 and 1963 Lord Mayors Queen Victoria St and Watling St
One of the floats for the Lord Mayor Parade
18 between 1957 and 1963 Lord Mayors Queen Victoria St and Watling St
Most of these buildings have been replaced – and their replacements also replaced!
19 between 1957 and 1963 Lord Mayors Queen Victoria St and Watling St
But this one is still there. It is now a sandwich bar.
20 between 1957 and 1963 Lord Mayors Queen Victoria St and Watling St
I recently read a book on the Civil War (the English one!) and was thoroughly confused as the commanders were often nobility and thus known by their titles so a county or town would march into a county or town miles from where he was named. And what’s more there was so much side changing that if you did eventually work out who was who, they would then start fighting against their former allies. No wonder it took nearly 400 years for this lot to finally get back to London.
21 between 1957 and 1963 Lord Mayors Queen Victoria St and Watling St
The tidy up in a very wierd lorry – three wheeler? The Policeman’s Helmet shows him as being City of London.

Trafalgar Square – State Occasion

09 between 1957 and 1963 London Trafalgar Square
Look at the ornate Turn Left sign.
11 between 1957 and 1963 Malaya House and London Trafalgar Square
Another ‘Do I crop or post on its side’ moment. Note it is Malaya not Malaysia House at that time.
13 between 1957 and 1963 London Trafalgar Square
Admiralty Arch. Leads down to Buckingham Palace.
15 between 1957 and 1963 London Trafalgar Square Malaya House
Malayan scouts. Not too sure where the soldiers are from.
16 between 1957 and 1963 London Trafalgar Square Malaya House
Unfortunate positioning of finger.
29 between 1957 and 1963 London Buckingham Palace
I think this is the front of Buckingham Palace
30 between 1957 and 1963 London The Mall Victoria Memorial
Outside the palace.
32 between 1957 and 1963 London Trafalgar Square Nelson's Column
Look how black the column is. And the black and white traffic lights (I’ve just realised how funny that sounds).

Westminster

01 between 1957 and 1963 London Whitehall
On Whitehall I think
18 between 1957 and 1963 London Westminster Abbey
Before …
35 between 1957 and 1963 London Westminster Abbey
… and after the flags.
36 between 1957 and 1963 London St Stephens (now Elizabeth) Tower and Houses of Parliament
Big Ben is actually the bell inside the tower. The tower at that time (ha ha) was called St Stephen’s Tower but it has been renamed Elizabeth Tower recently.
37 between 1957 and 1963 London Houses of Parliament
palace of Westminster from the Lambeth side.

Another Lord Mayor’s Parade (in better weather)

These were taken at Ludgate Circus. The pub is still there (albeit under a Leon) but the railway bridge (extreme right) was removed and the trains re-routed underground. To be honest the bridge was horrible and screwed up many a picture of St Pauls which is about 100 yards behind the band.

26 England London 1957-1963 Ludgate Circus Lord Mayors Parade
Ludgate Circus.
28 England London 1957-1963 Ludgate Circus Lord Mayors Parade
Ludgate Circus
29 England London 1957-1963 Ludgate Circus Lord Mayors Parade
Very late running bus (about 40 years). I think this is a different B Type from above.
30 England London 1957-1963 Ludgate Circus Lord Mayors Parade
The tower in the background is no longer there. We Londoners are brilliant at destroying that which the Luftwaffe left.
31 England London 1957-1963 Ludgate Circus Lord Mayors Parade Lord Mayor's Coach
Ludgate Circus. The Bridge (the bain of many people who wanted a good shot of St Paul’s) has also gone with the trains now running about 50′ below that now.
33 England London 1957-1963 Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge probably from the north side.

This following picture perplexes me. It has a caption of ‘View from TP/G2’. I know Doris worked for the GPO so that was probably a room in a phone exchange. I think I can see the Oxo Building and St Pauls extreme left, and possibly the Shell Building slightly left of centre. That might be the V&A next to the main clock tower. I’m thinking Borough or South London near the railway. I expect 90% of the buildings have gone now.

England London 1957-1963 View from Window GPO TP G2 South London possibly Borough
I have absolutely no idea where this is. It feels like South London – Bermondsey? Southwark?

This next set were probably taken out of the windows of Telephone exchanges. This first one is above Holborn Viaduct with the City Temple and St Andrew’s in the fore and Chancery Lane in the middle. The

05 London 1957 - 1963 London City Temple Conference Centre and St Andrews Holborn Circus
1957 – 1963 London City Temple Conference Centre and St Andrews Holborn Circus

The next two are taken from above Fleet Street looking back into the City. Old Bailey is dead centre here.

06 London 1957 - 1963 Old Bailey Congregational Memorial Hall demolished 1968 from Fleet St
Old Bailey Congregational Memorial Hall demolished 1968 from Fleet St

And here she brings in St Paul’s. The spire like building was the Congregational Memorial Hall demolished 1968

 

07 London 1957 - 1963 From Fleet St incl Old Bailey Congregational Memorial Hall demolished 1968 and Daily Telegraph
From Fleet St incl Old Bailey Congregational Memorial Hall demolished 1968 and Daily Telegraph

Out in the western suburbs for this next one. Using Google maps I have identified it as 144 Field End Eastcote.

London 1957 - 1963 144 Field End Rd Eastcote
London 1957 – 1963 144 Field End Rd Eastcote

A few dusk shots now.

This may have been 21st October judging by the decorations around the column.

 

09 London 1957 - 1963 Trafalgar Square
London 1957 – 1963 Trafalgar Square
10 London 1957 - 1963 Westminster and Houses of Parliament
London 1957 – 1963 Westminster and Houses of Parliament
London 1957 - 1963 Embankment and St Stephens (now Elizabeth) Tower holding Big Ben
London 1957 – 1963 Embankment and St Stephens (now Elizabeth) Tower holding Big Ben
14 London 1957 - 1963 London 1957 - 1963 Westmnster and St Stephens (now Elizabeth) Tower holding Big Ben Westm
London 1957 – 1963 London 1957 – 1963 Westminster and St Stephens (now Elizabeth) Tower holding Big Ben
16 London 1957 - 1963 Horse Guards Parade
London 1957 – 1963 Horse Guards Parade

 

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