Peeling back layers

14 Jun 2010

Bethnal Green January & June 2010

I've been searching for old writing on buildings around Bethnal Green for part of my university project. On Saturday I walked around the back streets of East London with my mum for a couple of hours, and snapped anything that looked interesting. It was only when I got home that I realised I'd already taken a photo of this building in January -- and look how it's changed! It's the perfect example for my project: the layer of pebble-dash has literally been peeled off the building to reveal an old sign: Page & Co. I can't wait to go back in a couple of months to see if there have been any further changes. Below are some more examples of writing that I found in the area.

Bethnal Green June 2010

I visited a local archive centre and looked through old street directories to discover what my site once was. In 1873 it was a bird dealer. There was an animal market in Club Row until the 1980s when it was closed down by animal activists! The more I find out about the area, the more I grow to like it and realise that it was the best decision I could have made.

Club Row, Bethnal Green, 1873


Anonymous said...

Wow, the first two pictures are amazing. I can't believe there is only a 6 month difference.


painted fish studio said...

what a great find! i can't believe it's the same building... and i am like you: i love looking for old signs painted on buildings.

Shannon of HAPPINESS IS said...

How cool. I love old buildings :) xo

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