Adam Dant’s Club Row

January 20, 2021 BY Brittany

In 2018, Adam Dant – the last artist on Redchurch St – was evicted from his studio on Club Row which has sat empty since then. In this series of watercolours, Adam contemplates the transformation of the location of his former studio through time. Roman Club Row Two Roman legionaries find a hiding place on Club Row as Boudica and…


Philip Cunningham’s Dead Signs

January 18, 2021 BY Brittany

Inspired by Saturday’s post, Philip Cunningham sent me these photos of dead signs from the seventies “When I was a student at Ravensbourne College of Art, I became very interested in photography. A tutor used to come and have an occasional drink in my local, the Three Crowns on Mile End Rd, and we would walk around the streets which…


Travellers Children In London Fields

January 10, 2021 BY Brittany

Our January sale ends tonight. All titles in the online shop are half price with the discount code JANUARY until midnight. Click here to visit the Spitalfields Life Bookshop Copies of Colin O’Brien’s TRAVELLERS CHILDREN IN LONDON FIELDS are included in the sale “I came across the travellers whilst I was photographing a deserted warehouse in the London Fields area…


My Love For The Cries Of London

January 7, 2021 BY Brittany

To give you a chance to stock up for the new lockdown, we are extending our January sale. All titles in the online shop are half price with the discount code JANUARY until midnight on Sunday. Click here to visit the Spitalfields Life Bookshop THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S CRIES OF LONDON is included in the sale Cries of London 1600, reproduced…


Oranges & Lemons Churches

December 31, 2020 BY Brittany

Let us ring out the old year and ring in the new year with the bells of the ‘Oranges & Lemons’ churches St Clement’s, Eastcheap “Oranges and lemons,” say the bells of St. Clement’s. . . Site of St Martin Orgar, Martin Lane “You owe me five farthings,” say the bells of St. Martin’s. . . St Sepulchre-without-Newgate “When will…


The Ghosts Of Old London

December 28, 2020 BY Brittany

Click to enlarge this photograph I find myself returning to scrutinize the collection of pictures taken by the Society for Photographing the Relics of Old London held in the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute. It gives me great pleasure to look closely and see the loaves of bread in the window and read the playbills on the wall in this…


On Night Patrol With PC Tassell

December 16, 2020 BY Brittany

We join Constable Lew Tassell on a night patrol in the City of London on Tuesday December 12th 1972 Police Constable Lew Tassell of the City of London Police “One week in December 1972, I was on night duty. Normally, I would be on beat patrol from Bishopsgate Police Station between 11pm-7am. But that week I was on the utility…


The Battle For Brick Lane

December 11, 2020 BY Brittany

Brick Lane 1978 by Dan Jones Since September, I have been working behind the scenes to curate an exhibition for the Spitalfields Trust about the culture and history of Brick Lane and the Truman Brewery. It opens tomorrow at 25 Princelet St, E1 6QH, a breathtaking unrestored eighteenth century house and you are all invited to visit under socially-distanced conditions.…


Julius Mendes Price’s London Types

November 16, 2020 BY Brittany

It is my delight to show these examples of London Types, designed and written by the celebrated war artist Julius Mendes Price and issued with Carreras Black Cat Cigarettes in 1919. These are among the favourites in my ever-growing collection of London Street Cries down through the ages. Almost all are men and some of these images – such as…