Posts Tagged ‘London’

Ghost Signs – A London Story

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Over the last six months I’ve been working with Sam (Mr Ghostsigns) Roberts on producing a book documenting London’s Ghost Signs. The project has now gone live on Kickstarter where we are hoping to raise enough money to get the book printed and published with the help of Isola Press.

Sam has done all of the writing, most of the photography is mine and we’ve shared the research. The book will feature about 250 of London’s ghost signs and we think it will be the most comprehensive book on ghost signs ever published.

The book will be accompanied by a detailed online map, locating all the signs featured and many more, with itineraries for those wanting to venture out and discover the signs in person.

The Kickstarter offers various reward options, including a set of postcards and A3 and A4 prints of some of the signs. We’re hoping to get the book printed in time for Christmas.

Kickstarter - project we love

Edit 18/07/2021: The Kickstarter has now finished, but you can pre-order the book via Isola’s website.

Clapham Ghostsigns Walk

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Ghostsigns guru Sam Roberts has added a Clapham Walk to his Ghostsigns Tours app. The new tour makes extensive use of my photos and ghostsign reconstructions.

Clapham Ghostsigns Walk

The other walks available for the app are for Stoke Newington and London’s Bankside. The app is available for both Android and iPhone.

A Walk Along The Thames

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Here’s a few photos from a walk along the south bank of the Thames last night from London Bridge to Waterloo. Read more…

Lloyds TSB Bank Lobby

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The lobby of the Lloyds TSB Bank at 222 Strand, London is a wonderful display of art nouveau tiling by Doulton painted by J H McLennan. Formerly a restaurant and built originally as the Palsgrove Hotel, this is the work of the architect G Cuthbert, and dates from 1883. Read more…

A Walk Along the Regent’s Canal (part 2)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Last weekend I completed my walk along the Regent’s Canal starting at the Islington Tunnel and going to where it meets the Thames at the Limehouse Basin. Read more…

St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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. Read more…

London Blue Plaques App

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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.

Edit: 7 Feb 2015

There’s now an Android version of the app as well.