Marylebone And St John’s Wood


The car broke down as Jackie was leaving for a shop yesterday afternoon. We counted our blessings that this had not happened during our weekend trip to Nottingham. It did, however, mean that a domestic day was in order. Consequently I scanned another dozen colour slides from the Streets of London Series (May – June 2004). These were uploaded into WordPress without too much need for gnashing of teeth.

Manchester Street W1 5.04

Manchester Street W1, Lies between Baker Street and Marylebone High Street;

Hinde Street/Marylebone Lane W1 5.04

not far away is the Danish Express Laundry on the corner of Marylebone Lane at 16 Hinde Street, W1. This appears to be very popular.

Jason Court W1 5.04

Still in Marylebone, was this gentleman attending to the water supply?

Welbeck Street W1 5.04

There was the ubiquitous scaffolding in nearby Welbeck Street, W1;

Cavendish Place W1 5.04

and, in Portland Place, near Cavendish Place, W1, an example of the imaginative screening that is sometimes erected round more extensive building works.

John Prince's Street W1 5.04

Regular readers will realise that the music posters in Margaret Street are out of focus because I was fixed on featuring John Prince’s Street sign. Kevin Little is clearly visible, but I cannot read the legend of the young lady who also adorns the post. I think she is the UK R & B singer, Javine.

Margaret Street/Marylebone Passage W1 5.04

Wikipedia tells us:

“The London Fo Guang Shan Temple is located at 84 Margaret Street, London W1.[1] It was established in 1992 and is also known as International Buddhist Progress Society. It is one of two British branches of Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Taiwan.[2]

The temple is located in a former parish school and Church House of 1868-70 designed by William Butterfield. The building is grade II* listed.[3]”

On the wall of the earlier religious establishment can be seen the remnants of its contemporary street sign.

Bucknall Street WC2 6.04

Bucknall Street, WC2 lies just south of New Oxford Street. Scaffolding was also in place there. The wood block is probably in situ to prevent drivers mounting the kerb in this narrow little street.

Salisbury Street NW8 6.04

The Traders Inn at 52 Church Street on the corner of Salisbury Street, NW8, stands on a site from which gas masks were issued in 1939. Memories of that time are recorded in

Ashbridge Street NW8 6.04

Whoever parked his or her bike in Ashbridge Street, NW8, was taking a risk. Perhaps the reflected gentleman using the public phone box hadn’t yet caught up with the mobile revolution.

Gateforth Street NW8 6.04

The two figures in this photograph are indicative of the multi-cultural nature of our capital. Gateforth Street NW8 was named Capland Street until 1915. The Duke of York was rebuilt in its present form in 1932, and closed in 2007, three years after it entertained followers of Euro 2004. I believe it is now a restaurant.

Park Road NW1 6.04

St Cyprian’s Church commemorates the third century Christian martyr and Bishop of Carthage. The current building dates from 1903, and its history is told in:’s,_Clarence_Gate

This evening we dined on Jackie’s perfect pork paprika, new potatoes, and crunchy carrots and cauliflower. Jackie drank Hoegaarden, and I drank more of the Côtes du Rhone. Observant readers will note that we have enjoyed this basically Hungarian dish three days in succession. That is because, fortunately, the Culinary Queen had made enough for six servings.



  1. Derrick, It is Thanksgiving Day in the USA which is a holiday that means absolutely nothing historically any longer except that we have made a mess of things with the Native Americans. But, it is quiet and nice to have a change. I have Turkey Tetrazzini in the oven. I think that screening was fabulous and I love to study the beautiful architecture. I see the red phone box was still on the corner then. Hope the car is fixed without having to take out a second mortgage. My refrigerator will be replaced next week and the new one is on its way. It didn’t make it 10 years. Growl………..

    1. Thanks a lot, Ginene. I understand that many Americans don’t know what Thanksgiving is about. Phone boxes tend to stay in London. I don’t think much is built to last today, although our car is doing very well.

  2. It would seem that workmen in UK have the same sort of leanings as our local one: i.e. a spade or the like is something to lean on while taking one’s mind off work.

  3. What an interesting perspective Derrick to part of the world I have not visited.. And sorry to hear you broke down We broke down too a couple of weeks ago not far from Nottingham So I am pleased your breakdown happened nearer home.. if one can be pleased at all.. for small blessings.. ..
    Loved those original photo shares… Wishing you a wonderful weekend.. Hopefully drier xx

  4. I thought on first seeing that block of wood, that it was going to be an old execution site, not something as mundane as a block of wood, put there, to stop idiots from bouncing their wheels off the kerb. You really do need to do better it that regard Derrick XD
    When I was opening this up I felt sure that it would have been something to do with Lords; isn’t that where the famous ricket ground is? The place where I went to see Don Bradman score a ton, and he got 6; that was against Middlesex in 47 or was it 48? Forget the year exactly, But not the event. I’d waited a bloody long time to see the Don! 🙄

  5. The photos are a delight, as always, Derrick. Sorry to hear about the car. It is good that you guys were at home and not away. As I was walking to work this morning, I saw a beautiful new car stall and shut down in traffic. The road was icy as well so not good for overtaking or sudden stops. I hope you have better weather.

  6. Thank you for the tour, Derrick. That screening around the building is great.
    I’m glad you weren’t on the road when the car broke down. I hope it’s not too expensive to repair.

  7. The church, the drapery around the erecting buildings, the photos of the R & B singer and other musician as well as the signage were all so intriguing and uniquely your country’s! We still don’t drape our skyscrapers in beauty or interesting images like the hands and drapes. Just have tan tarps and sometimes yellow ones. Our Thanksgiving has my three grown children, seven grandies, one brother and my mother all together. Rich (runner-professor) and wife were off traveling, visiting Susan’s family. We took over their kitchen! I made sure I gathered the 7 kids and my son to lasso Hendrix with my Mom. She enjoyed the day, which makes me happy. 🙂

  8. You revived some nice memories. I once walked all around London including Marleybone and St John’s wood. Nice places. London is so different from Dubai.

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