A stitch in the urban fabric

Witley Park, a set on flickr by Richard James (via MeFi, via Sabotage Times). The comments in the latter link speak of the mysterious Victorian Street, allegedly buried beneath Selfridges. If you compare and contrast old maps of the area (the 1899 pocket guide to London at Victorian London) with the current streetscape there doesn’t seem to be anything missing. Go back a century or so and it becomes a lot fuzzier. On John Fairburn’s Plan of Westminster and London from 1801 there’s a Somerset Street, running east-west between Duke Street and Orchard Street. Go back a couple of years, to Richard Horwood’s amazing Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, from 1792 – 1799, and Somerset Street is clearly shown. Edwards Mews, to the north, has survived, but Calmel Buildings, Grays Buildings and Somerset Street are all now beneath Daniel Burnham’s 1909 building (expanded in 1924). To the far right of the original building you can see the edge of what was presumably Duke Street and is now the store’s loading bay. Perhaps the fabled missing street is here, behind the modern facades, and not buried in the basement at all?


Archives & mythologie des lucioles, a weblog, including a set of early images of heroic industry by E.O.Hoppe / the Nomiya Space Restaurant at the Palais de Tokyo has nearly finished its year-long run / hand-stitched London by Peter Crawley / The Year in Pictures, a fine weblog by James Danziger / SCB’s post On Presenting Stationery is actually an amusing distillation of what being modern seems to mean in this day and age; nice things and pieces of abstract print set at right angles to one another.


The strange coincidences of Miss Hanff, on antiquarian bookshops and Cold War spying / the 10 most segregated urban areas in America / Wig and Pen, a weblog / Kevin Kidney finds images and photographs from days gone by / 7inchcrust, ‘a blog about 7 inch crust records,’ no less / art by Rachel Slotnick / The Centered Librarian, a weblog / I was a teenage shoegazer, a music blog.


Cecilia’s Photo Journal / Creative Journal / Horizonville, photographs by Yann Gross / Thomas C.Chung’s photostream / Studio Meda wins Bankside Bikeshed competition / dasar’s photostream / distant, chilly nude photography by Ruben Brulat / Useful or Beautiful, well curated weblog / Pictures of the Passing World, a weblog.

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