The 'Roman' bath, though not the buildings over it, dates from the early seventeenth century. The Watch House, once belonging to St Clement Danes, looks early nineteenth century in its present form, but there are documents to show that there was a building of this shape (projecting over the Lane) already in 1724, and a St Clement Danes Watch House on the Lane already in 1607. The patch of brickwork at bottom left, directly under the Watch House outer wall, is seventeenth century and the last bit of the old Somerset House still visible above ground level.
Morning light, early autumn. Before becoming part of King's College London, this building was known as Aldwych Chambers; this floor was occupied at one time by the stamp merchant Bridger & Kay - the fixing-points for the letters of their name can be seen along the architrave at the top of the photo. It's a good balcony for watching processions and demos from.
This is my sister, Kate, eating ice cream (or is it yoghurt?) on a September day in 1982. This was a few years before I was born, but it's evocative of my own childhood memories of the Strand.
As part of the Strand Lines Project I met with Dr Barrie Morgan to talk about his associations and interactions with the area whilst working at King’s. Dr Morgan was initially a Lecturer in the Geography Department when he first joined King’s in the late 1960’s. Read more »
Dr. Jones, who has worked on the Strand for more than twenty years, tells stories of people and animals on this street in the past and nowadays.
Shops, seasons, buildings, sounds....
Everything special about Strand in Professor Brant's memory.
This image is evocative of an Alfred Hitchcock tension laden film frame, with the predatory pigeons lurking above in the tree branches above the people on the ground. Read more »