Memorable Fitzrovians


Today I scanned another dozen colour slides from July 2004.

The first three are of Flo getting to grips with the swing suspended from a false acacia tree in the garden at Lindum House.

The others are the next nine in the Streets of London Series.

Judd Street WC1 7.04

This wall in Judd Street WC1 is enlivened by a bright hanging basket.

Euston Road NW1 7.04

Here is another view of the juxtaposition between The British Library and the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, this time from Euston Road NW1. The photograph also shows the effect that a lane closure can have on London traffic.

Flaxman Terrace WC1 7.04

Seven years ago two separate estate agents advertised this house in Flaxman Terrace WC1 at £2,375,000 and at £4,250,000.

The headquarters of the British Medical Association straddle Upper Woburn Place and Tavistock Square WC1. The third view is from the corner of Endsleigh Street, the End of which has been chopped off.

Gordon Square WC! 7.04

University College London occupies a number of buildings in and around Gordon Square WC1. I imagine the two young men in this picture are university students.

Charlotte Mews W1 7.04

There are three streets named Charlotte Mews in London. It wouldn’t be amusing to find yourself in either the one in W10 or in W14 if you were aiming for this one. Note that if you were driving a vehicle needing more than 11′ headroom that wouldn’t be funny either.

Goodge Place, W1 7.04

This fascinating mural in Goodge Place W1 was painted by Brian Barnes in the year 2000. The following details are taken from The website of the London Mural Preservation Society:

“Residents and workers in the Fitzrovia area are very aware of the mural off Tottenham court road – some because they walk past it every day, others because they were around when it was created. However, are those same people aware of the small mural located on the side of the Fitzrovia Neighbour Centre on Goodge place?

This painting covers the lower part of the side of the building. It was painted in 2000 by Brian Barnes. In the mural are famous people or buildings in the area. The gentleman in the red coat is Olaudah_Equiano who lived in the area during the later years of his life. He was a prominent African involved with the British movement to abolish slavery. Behind Olaudah is an image of a ship. This scene is taken from the painting by J M W Turner called The Slave Ship.

Below Olaudah is Marie Stopes who was responsible for opening the first family planning clinic. This establishment set up it’s head quarters on Whitfield Street in Fitzrovia in 1925. To the right of Stopes is Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan political leader who helped free Latin America from the Spanish. He was sent to London in 1810 to seek protection from the British Government. Whilst in London he met with Francisco de Miranda who is portrayed to the bottom right of Bolivar. He was also a Venezuelan revolutionary who had led a previous revolt in Latin America. De Miranda settled in Fitzrovia. Both men are remembered in the area; there is Bolivar Hall which is part of The Venezuelan Embassy and a statue of De Miranda on Fitzroy Square.

Above De Miranda and next to Bolivar is the writer George Bernard Shaw who had a home in Fitzroy Street. Moving to the top of the mural is an image of the Middlesex Hospital. The first hospital was built in the mid 17th century and functioned up until quite recently. The place was closed in 2005 and most of the buildings have been pulled down; the site is still waiting to be redeveloped.

To the left of the mural at the top is Totterhall Manor, an Elizabethan building whose land is now occupied by Fitzroy Square. Below the building ia a former resident of this place, the writer Virginia Woolf. Next to her is a stalwart for the Fitzrovia Play Association, Cynthia Williams, a local resident for more than 50 years who passed away during 2000 and was commemorated in the mural. Finally below her we have some Bengali dancers. The neighborhood centre does much work with local Bengali people. Next to this picture is an image of the BT tower,completed in 1962 and at one point the tallest building in London.

This mural offers an education about just a small number of the famous people associated with the area. Sadly it’s possible that the Fitzrovia Neighbour Centre will move out of the building after 36 years of service. It will be most likely that the mural will be destroyed after that so pop down and have a look at it before it goes.”

This evening we dined on Jackie’s newly created Post House pie. This was a layered savoury concoction. Minced beef was covered by onions, peppers, and leftover vegetables, Mashed potato topped by mature cheddar cheese came next. It was most moreish. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the rioja.


  1. Love the history of London – the mural is fascinating. We just don’t have the width and breadth of history in the US. 🙂

  2. I remember seeing a lot of those hanging flower baskets on my walks around London, particularly on my way to the British Museum. I must have visited it five times during my one month’s stay.

  3. Interesting to read about the mural–fine creation. They so often tell important stories in a city and can be quite beautiful additions to otherwise ordinary or drab surroundings, as I’m sure you agree. I did wonder about the listing prices? Is it common or uncommon to have such a contrasts as this listing?

  4. Interesting historical stories of the city. I remember seeing many beautiful flower hanging baskets in the Victoria area. 🙂

  5. It looks like Flo had a great time on the swing!
    Thank you for another tour of London. That mural is so interesting with well-known figures in history, as well as the nearby buildings.

  6. Very droll, the end chopped off Sleigh Street indeed. The two young blokes certainly look scruffy enough to be students, seems to be the accepted dress code, which isn’t surprising seeing as those that teach seem to be a scruffy looking lot.

  7. Wonderful memories Derrick.. And loved the mural on the walls.. Amazing house prices too.. I wonder how people removed their belongings in the removal vans in that Mews if the head room was so low to the entrance of those streets… Lots of small vans with lots of trips I should think. 🙂

    I hope you are keeping warm.. we woke up to more snow and its stilling falling.. Have a lovely weekend Derrick.. 🙂
    Hugs Sue <3

      1. Glad to hear it… It is not set to last long a couple of days then coming warmer… So tucked up nice and snug.. We did all that needed to be done yesterday outdoors.. <3

  8. I just made my own version of the Post House Pie, though we had no peppers and we’d already had enough cheese for the day. We had plenty of leftover veg though. Please congratulate Jackie on an excellent recipe. How did it get the name?

  9. I liked Flo and the fun of swinging in this way made me smile!
    I liked the cityscape sights and love studying the details, Derrick. <3
    Jackie, your new Post House recipe sounds delicious! I used to concoct casserole dishes with layers, too. 😀

  10. I liked that you took the time to tell us each person featured in the lovely mural. It would be such a shame if this building were abandoned and the mural destroyed, Derrick.

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