Beheaded at the Tower of London in 1541, Margaret Pole is one of the most famous martyrs in English History. During her lifetime, she was one of the richest magnates in England and had several properties befitting her wealth and status. This viewpoint discusses her Thames-side residence, the Erber, which stood on Dowgate Street.
Her project about foraging and rights to land was selected for the main exhibition at Oslo Architecture Triennale in 2019 and her writing on subjects around space and social justice has appeared in Open City blog, Eyesore Magazine and BUM Editions Journal.
Heaven is a landmark of gay life in London for many reasons, but this viewpoint introduces listeners to the ACT UP tour which singer Jimmy Somerville undertook in the early 1990s…
In the room, visitors can see some of the original graffiti art left by the squatters which includes anti-fascist, anti-Thatcher and feminist political slogans.
Airport Viewpoints are a series of short experimental artworks, which present an exploration of airport space and experience. The viewpoints, in the form of sound and image, are an assemblage of my own observations as I navigate around multiple airport spatial zones via Google Street View.
This viewpoint – an epic two-parter on the Barbican Redevelopment Scheme – tells the story of the making of the modern office building and how plastic laminates revolutionised the design and construction of the building type. In particular, how curtain-walling systems enabled the open-plan offices of today.
The Upper Cut Club in Forest Gate embodied the cockney spirit in its 1960s heyday. Owned by a local prize-fighter, the club drew high profile celebrities and underworld figures. The club’s brief run introduced African American acts including Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and Nina Simone to East London youth. It is believed that Hendrix wrote the iconic ‘Purple Haze’ backstage.
Funeral spectators were expected to be mournful and well behaved – Jenkin Evans had other ideas however. Evans took a trophy pendant from a funeral outside Westminster Abbey…
The block where founding father of grime DJ Slimzee was surveilled by the police while setting up pirate station Rinse FM, and then arrested, and given a historic ASBO preventing him entering a building with more than 4 storeys
This viewpoint considers the role of the Freemasons’ Tavern, Great Queen Street (now the Connaught Rooms) in the so-called ‘birth’ of association football. It was the venue for the first meeting of the Football Association on 26 October 1863.
Before The National Gallery, a gigantic Georgian stable complex stood here, tending to the needs of over 200 royal horses and housing dozens of workers. The King’s mews was at the heart of one of the biggest urban horse populations in the world and an equestrian craze that gripped an entire nation.
Aphrodisiacal chocolate houses that gave way to exclusive clubs. Taverns with blood-soaked tales. Bland buildings belying strange societies and many other hidden histories. London overflowing with flavour and entangled with the world.
Live music has been played at this location since 1942, and as the 100 Club since 1964. This viewpoint jumps into one of the venue’s most iconic periods and explores its association with punk music and fashion in the 1970s.
Originally one of the main Roman roads of Londinium this main city street was inhabited during the medieval period by many immigrants from Lombardy in northern Italy. In time it hosted many early coffee houses, the Post Office and eventually became famous as a centre for banking.
George’s viewpoints will offer glimpses into the history of charity and community over the past few hundred years. They’ll include the story of Thomas Guy, who used his enormous wealth to found a new hospital just south of the Thames in the 1720s. Guy’s Hospital is a leading medical institution and still an impressive site today, so why was his statue hidden from sight in 2020?
Thomas is a historian of the early Middle Ages and a former curator at the British Museum’s Department of Coins and Medals. He worked as project curator for the major international exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend (British Museum 2014) and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. His books Viking Britain (2017) and Viking London (2019) are published by William Collins.
Anna’s viewpoints will be exploring the literal and metaphorical blooming of flower culture in nineteenth-century London, from the rise of the cut-flower trade in Covent Garden and the flower girls of Piccadilly Circus, to the working-class flower shows of Bloomsbury and Peckham. Flowers were abundant in late-Victorian London, one commentator remarking in 1881 that it had become ‘a city of summer flowers, a floral London, where the beauties of the garden are transplanted to balcony, window sill, and even to house top’.
Joshua is a writer, photographer and tour guide, focusing on the Art Deco and Modernist architecture of London’s suburbs. Since 2011 he has run the Modernism in Metro-Land website and has just published “A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land”, the pocket guide to the suburbs’ hidden architecture. He is also contributor to “100 20th-Century Gardens and Landscapes”, and “The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs”.
We’re delighted to welcome Isabella Rosner to Placecloud as a new expert. In June 2021 she’ll be publishing a series of viewpoints on places, mainly in Hackney, associated with the Quakers.
We talk about Mike Leigh’s ‘wild’ film Naked, set in a real-but-not-real ’90s London, and how it documents that the city is always both eternal and ever-changing. Finally, Tom tantalises us with hints at his next projects: a voyage around UK’s nuclear power stations, and a new book about the ‘plague walks’ he made during lockdown in 2020.