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Sunny Southwark

 We were lucky in having a bright and sunny day for our PhotoWalk in Southwark and London Bridge. This meant that a decision was made not to photograph inside the cathedral but to get out straight away and make the most of the bright conditions.

Some time was taken trying out the focal lengths of the lenses on different cameras by focusing across the river on the facade of the FISHMONGERS’ HALL (1835) by Henry Roberts, some interesting comparisons were made between compact, bridge and SLR cameras.

Looked at the remaining granite arch of LONDON BRIDGE (1831) by John Rennie, then photographs of the outstanding St OLAF HOUSE (1932) by Architect H. S. Goodhart-Rendel.

Crowds of people visiting Borough Market made it difficult to get around with the camera but some exterior shots of the cathedral were taken before moving on to photograph THE HOP EXCHANGE with very interesting ironwork depicting hop leaves and flowers.

An appreciation of some of the other buildings and their relation to hops then back through the crowds of the market to look at the remains of Winchester Palace with its rose window. Very congested along Clink Street as the granite sets are being replaced with what looked like good quality new ones well laid.

Views across the Thames of the City of London and it’s varied skyscape of office blocks, looking particularly good in the bright weather. Finally onto SOUTHWARK BRIDGE (1921) by Mott & Hay engineers with Sir Ernest George architect, to look up and down the river for interesting views and angles of the riverside.

A good PhotoWalk.


London Bridge & Tower Hill

Having finished in Southwark & London Bridge I walked across the bridge photographing the FISHMONGERS’ HALL on the West side and then on the opposite side ADALADE HOUSE (1925) by Sir John Burnet & Tait in Egyptian style. I then checked out the route and sights for the next ‘PhotoWalk’ which starts at Tower Hill and ends on London Bridge.

City of London PhotoWalk

A bright day for our walk from Tower Hill to London Bridge and a small 
group of keen photographers assembled outside Wetherspoons ready for 
an excursion into the unknown (or at least unseen by the casual 
passerby) parts of the city.

Starting with a look at the excellent sculptural reliefs of the Marine War 
Memorial and then moving onto the contrasting buildings of Trinity House
and the Port of London Authority.

A short walk, passing the much rebuilt church of All Hallows by the 
Tower, brought us to the river frontage of the Custom House and the old
Billingsgate Fish Market building. Viewing Tower Bridge and the Thames 
from a distance.

Crossing over the road to the surviving tower of St Dunstan in the East, 
some photos taken in the shell of the old church. Up to Eastcheap to 
see a group of Victorian Buildings with interesting detailing. Then a coffee 
break and a chance to review photos that had been taken so far.

The last leg covered a selection of various buildings before coming to The
Monument and a look at the large allegorical relief on the base. Then onto
London Bridge with Adelaide House and Fishmongers Hall opposite each 
other – very different buildings.

Finally, reflection on how the new Shard building looks in relationship to
its surroundings in Southwark – I like it, a far better design than some of 
the other new office buildings in London.

Better known as the site for the upcoming Olympics Stratford has claim 
to the site of the burning of 18 Protestant Martyrs on June 27th 1556 
under the rule of Queen Mary Tudor.

Although the location of the burning is uncertain –it may have been 
Stratford-le-Bow (and even the actual number put to death there is unsure)
to record the event in 1878 a memorial was erected in the churchyard of 
St John’s Church, Stratford, London, E15.

The hexagonal monument of buff terracotta in Gothic style by Architect 
J T Newman and produced by Johnson & Co of Sussex is still prominent, 
if overlooked, just outside the church – I wonder how many people have 
read the inscriptions which list those who died.

I’ve photographed the memorial and it’s proved difficult to get a good angle 
on the complete structure but I hope that it now receives more attention 
with the influx of visitors to the area during the Olympics.