St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate

July 22nd, 2014 by RoyReed

I was interviewed today by the Spitalfields Life website about the photographs of Billingsgate Market which I published recently. While I was going to the meeting I stopped to take some photos around St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate church. The most unusual feature is a Turkish Baths, just outside the church courtyard, dating back to 1895. It looks very out of place surrounded as it is by modern high-rise office blocks, although today it’s run as Turkish restaurant.

Between the Turkish Baths and the church is a classical red-brick building that was once the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, then a school and now the church hall. In the niches on the front of the building are figures of charity children, a boy and a girl, sculpted in Coade stone. These sculptures are copies of the originals which reside within.

Inside the church is a lovely plaque commemorating those who fell in the First World War.

Altogether a very tranquil corner of what is a very busy part of the City of London.

Views from the Tower

June 10th, 2014 by RoyReed

I had a trip to Cambridge at the weekend which included going up the tower of Great St Mary’s church. It was quite a climb up a very narrow spiral staircase. Luckily there were plenty of places where you could stop to get your breath and let people going in the opposite direction pass.

Looking North - the view includes Trinity, St John's and Gonville & Caius colleges on the left and All Saint's and Holy Trinity churches on the right.
Looking North

Looking East - the view includes Holy Trinity church, Market Hill and the market place and The Guildhall.
Looking East

Looking South - the view includes the Guildhall, the Arts Theatre, St Edward's and St Benet's churches and King's College.
Looking South

Looking West - the view includes King's College and Chapel, Clare College, the University Library, Trinity Hall and the Senate House.
Looking West

The photos were each made from three RAW originals from my Fuji F600 processed in Lightroom and stitched together using PTGui.

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Ghost Sign Hidden by Climbing Roses

June 2nd, 2014 by RoyReed

In Wandsworth Road on the border between Clapham and Battersea there’s a very faded old ghost sign for Hovis. Next to this there used to be a more recent sign for ‘TV Audio Video Repair’. This is now fast disappearing behind a trellis full of climbing roses.

Elephant & Castle Portraits

May 21st, 2014 by RoyReed

This is a series of portraits made when I was a student at the London College of Printing in 1975. There were about five of us involved in this project. We left a sign outside the college inviting anyone to walk in off the street and have their photograph taken for free. Over the three days that the project ran for these are the people who came in.

The last photo is of me, taken by my friend Viv who is in the previous two photos.

New Flickr App

May 21st, 2014 by RoyReed

Flickr appI really don’t like the new update to the Flickr app. Why have they made it so that the thumbnail images are all cropped to square when the previous version respected the aspect ratio of the photographs. I know I crop my images to square for my galleries on this blog, but that’s my choice and I crop selectively, not just using whatever happens to be in the middle of the image.

When I first used the app there was also no way to remove the info overlay from the full size image view – which was very annoying. I don’t know whether they did another update, but now tapping the image removes the overlay.

Flickr app

Billingsgate 1975

May 21st, 2014 by RoyReed

This is a set of photographs I took at Billingsgate Fish Market in 1975 when I was a student at the London College of Printing. They were taken for one of the journalist students who was doing a series of articles on the dying London markets.

Bench Ends in St Winnow Church

March 20th, 2014 by RoyReed

St Winnow ChurchA couple of days ago I was doing some more panoramic photography in my ongoing series of Cornish churches. In St Winnow church, which stands on the bank of the River Fowey, are some really nice medieval carved bench ends. The best two were of a ship in a storm and a drunken man wearing a Cornish kilt. In the ship in a storm you can see a demon in the sky with his cheeks puffed out blowing up the storm while four men cower in the boat. And the drunken man is swigging what is presumably cider from the bottle.

It’s well worth the mile long drive down what’s not much more than a track to see this church. There’s also a fine carved pulpit dating from about 1600 and a rood screen, restored in 1907, with carving by Violet Pinwill.

Shaving Saloon Ghost Sign

March 5th, 2014 by RoyReed

I was walking through Stockwell today when I saw a ghost sign that’s been fairly recently repainted. If you look closely you can just see a faint trace of the old sign showing through. I’ve done a couple of screen grabs from Google Street View which shows how the sign used to look about a year ago.

London Blue Plaques App

February 4th, 2014 by RoyReed

blue plaque appSean O’Shea has produced an iPhone app of all of the English Heritage London Blue Plaques using the data that I collated for my Blue Plaques map. The app is free, so no reason not to download it now and start looking round London in a different way.

There are over 850 EH blue plaques, concentrated mainly in central London, but some of them go out as far as Harrow or Bexley.

A version of the app optimised for iPad will be following soon as the 1.1 upgrade, and if the app proves popular we are hoping that there will be an Android version as well.

The app has its own Twitter feed, so you can check for news and updates there. And I’ll be blogging about any future news if you want to follow here.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – 1918-2013

December 6th, 2013 by RoyReed

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

RIP Madiba