1968 London

224. London 1968 – Cheapside to Bunhill Row

Doris worked for the GPO in the part that became BT and worked at the various exchanges around the city. She must have brought her camera in to work on a few days judging by the shots of St Paul’s from a higher vantage point than most can get to today.

These particular pictures were developed in Jan 1969, but probably they were in her camera when she went on the South East Asia tour (that will make up my next 20 – 30 posts) and were probably taken Autumn 1968. I’m sure someone could give the exact day through seeing how far the Barbican had got.

The hair top left appears in all the shots so she must have trapped it in the camera.


This is Cheapside. Bank is behind you. I calculate she was standing at the junction with Ironmonger Street.

The church is St Mary-le-Bow which houses the famous bells that determine if one is a Cockney (I’m not, I’m a Kentish Man). Most of the Portland Stone buildings are still there but the brick ones down from the church are now a glass and steel structure.

04 Cheapside from Ironmonger Lane
Cheapside 1968/9

This is Guildhall – not “The Guildhall” Lots of Roman ruins dug up and reburied.

05 Guildhall from King St
Guildhall 1968/9

London was a walled city and in a few places the original walls, often showing the layers of when they were built and repaired, remain. London Wall would be the north wall. Behind are the arches of the lower parts of the Barbican Centre.

06 London Wall Alphage Garden
London Wall 1968/9

Doris kindly wrote ‘Ropemaker Street’ on this one. I initially thought the building being dwarfed was the Whitbread Brewery, but I think it might be one that has since been demolished to make way for something shiny and nondescript.

This is one of the three towers of the Barbican Centre. The barbican was part of the city walls. This is where most of the residents of the City of London live, although back when I knew someone who lived there, many flats were weekday flats for city gents or their mistresses and the place was dead at weekends. I believe things are different now.

10 Ropemaker Street
Ropemake St 1968/9

These next two are from an upper floor of a telephone exchange that stood on Bunhill Row.

This one is southwards with St Paul’s prominent. The smoking chimney to the east of St Paul’s is now the Tate Modern. Most of the buildings in the foreground have gone (no great loss for some of them.

11 London from Bunhill Row AMC1

View South from Bunhill Row

Thsi last picture is facing east. The foreground amazingly is still marked out as a football pitch. It is the Honourable Artillery Company grounds. The large white building is in Finsbury Square and the hill behind is Shooters Hill (and I’m behind that).

12 View from Bunhill Row Finsbury Square right hand tower
View East from Bunhill Row

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