Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Truro Cathedral

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

While my car was being serviced during a recent trip to Cornwall I took the opportunity to do the photography for a 360° panoramic tour of Truro Cathedral. The cathedral has a policy of allowing photography, but ask for a fee of £5 to use a tripod – which seems very reasonable to me. I made six panoramas for the tour, the west front, the nave, crossing, chancel, St Mary’s aisle and the All Saints chapel behind the high altar.

Truro Cathedral

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Clapham Ghostsigns Re-imagined

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Later this year (on Sunday 30 September leaving at 11am from Clapham North Station) Ghostsigns and the Clapham Society are getting together to do a one-off tour of the ghostsigns of Clapham. I’ve been helping them to prepare for this with some local research and by letting them use some of my photos. I’ve also been trying out some different techniques to reconstruct how the ghostsigns might have looked when they were new. Read more…

Ghostsigns of Clapham

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Ghostsigns are the old advertisements that were painted directly onto the brick on the sides of buildings. They are gradually fading away, although occasionally a new one is revealed when a modern poster site is removed for maintenance. Clapham is one of the best areas of London to see them. Read more…

The Yeo Sisters

Friday, August 26th, 2016

While I was photographing some more 360° panoramas for my ongoing series on the parish churches of Cornwall I came across this really touching memorial to three sisters of the Yeo family who all died young in the 1630s. Read more…

St George at St Botolph’s Church, Hardham

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Possibly the earliest depiction of St George in England is in the wall paintings at St Botolph’s Church, Hardham in West Sussex which date from the 12th century. Unusually, these paintings don’t show St George and the Dragon, (unless it was once in the space now taken up by the later window in the east wall of the nave). Those that do exist are of St George at the Battle of AntiochSt George before Datian (Diocletian) and St George on the Wheel. Read more…

Armistice Day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Red poppy

Two poems that sum up the tragedy of it all. Read more…

Ghostsign Hidden by Climbing Roses

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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.

Ghostsigns Calendar

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

I’ve just found out that I’ve had one of my photos accepted for the 2014 Ghostsigns Calendar. Very chuffed! Mind you, I only just made it in 12th place.

Chaudronnerie

In case you’re wondering a chaudronnerie and a serrurerie is a boilermaker and a locksmith, selling new and used boilers, stills and piping.