Relics of Old London

Snapshots that made and saved history
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A & J Bool, Old Houses in Wych Street (1876), formerly a continuation of Drury Lane, London, UK

1 / 6 A & J Bool, Old Houses in Wych Street (1876), formerly a continuation of Drury Lane, London, UK

A & J Bool, Shop in Brewer Street (1878), Soho, London, UK

2 / 6 A & J Bool, Shop in Brewer Street (1878), Soho, London, UK

A & J Bool , Temple Bar (1878), London, UK

3 / 6 A & J Bool , Temple Bar (1878), London, UK

A & J Bool, The Galleries of The Oxford Arms (1875), Warwick Lane, London, UK

4 / 6 A & J Bool, The Galleries of The Oxford Arms (1875), Warwick Lane, London, UK

Henry Dixon, Great Saint Helen's (1886), London, UK

5 / 6 Henry Dixon, Great Saint Helen's (1886), London, UK

Henry Dixon, Old House (1884), Fore Street, London, UK

6 / 6 Henry Dixon, Old House (1884), Fore Street, London, UK


Relics of old London: Photography and The Spirit of The City brings together a collection of photographs of vulnerable buildings - particularly small domestic buildings - in London which were under threat from demolition in the 1870s and 1880s. The imminent destruction of the humble Oxford Arms inn near St Paul’s Cathedral triggered a group of friends to form ‘The Society for Photographing Relics’ in 1875 to preserve an annual record of buildings that were under threat from demolition, ensuring some visual evidence remained of local landmarks.


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