John Atkin

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London smallest police station, in Trafalgar Square… isn’t what it’s claimed to be

You might have seen a small round cubicle on the edge of Trafalgar Square. You might have been told it’s the London’s (or the UK’s) smallest police …

England

The Cabinet of Lost Minerals

In 1810, Sir Charles Greville’s substantial collection of minerals were bought by the British Museum for a small fortune – £13,727. Along with the …

Natural History Museums

London’s Museum of Funeral History

A funeral home in Farringdon has recently opened a most unusual museum, of the history of funerals. Not just British, but how humanity entire seeks …

England

London Public Art: Evidence of the Unseen Mountain

This is a piece of art hidden away on a quiet residential street in Chelsea that you are not going to stumble upon, unless your the sort of person …

Art

London's Mock Tudor Social Housing Estate

Say 'social housing' and people usually picture high-rise tower blocks and jaunty brutalist concrete slabs. Which makes it all the more odd that in …

Housing

Inside The Brixton Department Store With 130 Years Of History

<i>Morleys department store opened its doors in the centre of Brixton in 1880 — although back then it operated as Morley & Lanceley. It survived changes</i> …

A restored WW2 anti-aircraft gun by Canary Wharf

Amongst the fluffy bunnies and clucking chickens that can be found at the Mudchute city farm sits a now silent visitor – a World War Two era …

London's Alleys: Shepherdess Place, N1

This alley is notable for appearing in a very famous song, of which most of us know just one line – Pop! goes the weasel.<p>Situated just to the north …

Using the Right Materials to Repair Your Older Home

Buildings of traditional construction (generally those built before 1914) used soft weak permeable (or 'breathable') materials such as lime mortars. …

Vintage photo - Bank of England's rebuilding works in 1927 https://t.co/zlRNQ79cUw

A Private History of a Public City

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I occasionally visit a place outside of London, as my father also took hundreds of …

England

Baynard's Castle, A Roman Monument And The Last Working Crane In the City

I was recently scanning some negatives of photos I had taken in London in 1982 and found a series of photos of archaeological excavations around St. …

'I cannot hesitate for an instant in allowing that this church is not only the most beautiful, but the most vigorous, thoughtful, and original of them all'. G. E. Street on All Saints' Church, Margaret Street, covered in the Survey's recent South-East Marylebone volumes. https://t.co/sjPoz7q550

London’s Pocket Parks – Aldermanbury Square, EC2

This is a very modern take on the pocket park, with lots of grey stones, green trees and mini-fountains.The park is a revamping of several previous …

England

Uncovering the hidden remains of Merton Priory

The largely hidden remains of an important Priory currently languishing under a 1980s dual carriageway are to be uncovered in a major restoration …

Archaeology

Peek Frean biscuits could be back on UK shelves next year

Peek Frean biscuits could be back on the shelves in the UK once again after almost 30 years.<p>The biscuit company Peek Frean & Co was founded by James …

Buildings That Survived The Great Fire Of London

The Great Fire of London in 1666 consumed about four-fifths of the City. Some buildings escaped, but most have since been demolished or destroyed in …

A marvellous museum of mechanical material manufactory

In darkest South London can be found a remarkable time capsule sitting in an otherwise ordinary industrial building, for to step past the ordinary …

New pedestrian route planed for Barnes railway bridge

A section of the Thames that is currently blocked for pedestrians by a railway bridge could soon get it’s own dedicated footbridge to avoid a nasty …

Trains

To the trains!

This rather nice sign with its guiding manicule is in Stepney Green underground station, directing passengers down the stairs to the platforms. It …

Lower Thames Street and the view to the Tower of London

A few weeks ago I was at the Monument and comparing how Monument Street has changed over the past 60 years. This week, I am still at the end of …

Disused passenger tunnels to be reopened at Knightsbridge tube station

A redevelopment of Knightsbridge tube station is underway, opening up a series of disused tunnels that the public haven’t seen since the 1930s.As …

England

London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1

There are two entrances to this posh alley in St James, one for carriages, and one for pedestrians. The pedestrians get the better deal, with a …

England

Towering Sydenham gas holders that survived the Second World War could be replaced with an Aldi

These old lattice steel gas holders in Sydenham that survived through Nazi bombs could be taken down and replaced with an Aldi.<p>In the proposals being …

Tunnels under Trafalgar Square

With its plinths, fountains, the imposing facade of the National Gallery, and of course Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square looks solid and stately. …

The ‘bijou’ or ‘dwarf’ houses of the Howard de Walden grid. Part 1: the Victorian and Edwardian periods

The east–west streets at the northern end of the Howard de Walden Estate in Marylebone – Devonshire Street, Weymouth Street and New Cavendish Street …

Historic Bell Green gas holders granted listed status by Lewisham Council after residents’ campaign

Gas holders in Bell Green, Sydenham. Pic: James D EvansBell Green’s historic gas holders have been granted local listing status by Lewisham …

Natural Gas