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Chrisp Street market set for controversial redevelopment
Chrisp Street market set for controversial redevelopment

Chrisp Street market set for controversial redevelopment

A long-running and at times controversial plan to redevelop the Festival of Britain era Chrisp Street market in Tower Hamlets has taken a step forward after the council formally issued a compulsory purchase order for the entire site.

Feb
04
2021
Festival of Britain scultpure reappears in Waterloo Station.
Festival of Britain scultpure reappears in Waterloo Station.

Festival of Britain scultpure reappears in Waterloo Station.

Two sunbathers have appeared in Waterloo station - and they tell a story of a lost sculpture, discovery, restoration, and return.

Aug
26
2020
A history of the South Bank Lion
A history of the South Bank Lion

A history of the South Bank Lion

Standing proud above the tourists on Westminster Bridge is a statue of a noble lion who gave hope to London during WW2 and was saved by a King.

Feb
11
2019
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon
The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

The Festival of Britain’s Message to the Moon

There are a good many photos of the Festival of Britain, but curiously, few show one of its more exciting, if flawed ideas -- a radio telescope beaming messages to the moon from the centre of London.

Mar
18
2017
The Festival of Britain’s clock tower in East London
The Festival of Britain’s clock tower in East London

The Festival of Britain’s clock tower in East London

A remnant of the 1951 Festival of Britain can be found in East London far from the South Bank, but is, for locals, as vibrant a focal point.

Sep
22
2015
London’s Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway
London’s Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway

London’s Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway

In 1939, Punch magazine published cartoons about a fanciful railway, little realising that in the 1950s that fantasy railway would become reality and carry 2 million passengers.

Aug
09
2015