London, Tower Bridge Under Construction 1890

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Caption for London, Tower Bridge Under Construction 1890: This murky view looks west from the Pool of London towards what was to become one of the mechanical wonders of the late 19th century. Here we see the towers - 'steel skeletons clothed in stone' as described by Sir John Wolfe Barry, the architect - not yet stone clad, and the upper walkway taking shape.

An extract from Down the Thames Photographic Memories.

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I was general manager of the George Inn from 1984 to 1998. I made many friends in the Borough, it was like a small village.

I remember visiting this spot when I first moved to work in London. It is described in Nairn's London, as follows:- " A very fine passage called The Arches runs underneath Charing Cross station from Villiers Street to Craven Street. The steps at the western end announce a different world. Hungerford Lane; and this is like (...Read full memory)

Does anyone recall the Mascot Hotel which used to be it, near  Baker Street Station? It was owned by relations of my wife for a time, I believe it is no more but do any photos exist of it from the 1960s and 1970s? When was it demolished and was it always called the Mascot? IT MAY HAVE BEEN IN YORK STREET BUT THIS IS NOT CONFIRMED

In 1961, I became an apprentice furrier to Brainin Bothers of New Bond Street. Brainin's owned a large store (I was told it was as big as Harrods) in Russia.They escaped the Communists and moved to Vienna, only to escape Hitler in 1938. Max and Leo were the brothers and Nat Saunders was the Master Furrier. Every monday we (...Read full memory)

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Caption for London, Tower Bridge Under Construction 1890: This murky view looks west from the Pool of London towards what was to become one of the mechanical wonders of the late 19th century. Here we see the towers - 'steel skeletons clothed in stone' as described by Sir John Wolfe Barry, the architect - not yet stone clad, and the upper walkway taking shape.

An extract from Down the Thames Photographic Memories.

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