Sunday, 27 December 2015

A lunchtime urban wander around West Kensington and Baron's Court, London W14

For what will probably be my last 2015 blog post from an Urban Wander, I return to the Baron's Court / West Kensington area of London, that I managed to not only squeeze in during a lunch break, but also managed to avoid the rain. In fact there were a few rare moments when the sun was actually shining, allowing me to take a couple of pictures of some mansions in Baron's Court with the brickwork beautifully lit.

Mansions, West Kensington, London
??? Mansions, West Kensington, London

Faraday Mansions, West Kensington, London
Faraday Mansions, West Kensington, London

A little further through my wander I came across a mews which I don't recall having seen before, or if I have seen it then I certainly have never photographed it. This is Comeragh Mews, looking magnificent with its cobbled road between the two arches at either end. Unfortunately the light is not too good in either of these pictures, so they look a little drab.

Comeragh Mews, Baron's Court, London W14
Comeragh Mews, Baron's Court, London W14

Comeragh Mews, Baron's Court, London W14
Comeragh Mews, Baron's Court, London W14

Occasionally I take pictures of street names, but mainly to remind my increasingly failing memory of the place where I took the photo. However, I thought this was quite an unusual sign so have included it here.

Comeragh Mews, Baron's Court, London W14


Comeragh Mews, Baron's Court, London W14

In other news, one of my Christmas presents has completely renewed my interest in psychogeography, and that was A London Trilogy: The Films of St. Etienne. It's a great DVD comprising 3 short films, with extra features, of footage from various place in London from the Lea Valley to the South Bank, all set to a wonderful St. Etienne soundtrack. For anyone interested in London past and semi-present, I can't recommend it enough. It's also provided me with a few new references to check out, including Nairn's London, published back in 1968, and also to revisit a DVD I bought in the Spring but have not watched for a while, The London That Nobody Knows.

    

3 comments:

  1. Interesting. I am glad to hear I am not the only one who photos street names to jog memory. I also have begun to photo plaques of historic or interesting sites. It's so easy to take photos with smartphone that it gets difficult to sort thru hundreds & recall names.

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  2. Interesting. I am glad to hear I am not the only one who photos street names to jog memory. I also have begun to photo plaques of historic or interesting sites. It's so easy to take photos with smartphone that it gets difficult to sort thru hundreds & recall names.

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  3. This mews reminds me strongly of Christine Keeler and the Profumo affair. Could have been the location of Scandal filming. Very beautiful London flats that I used to know quite well and which sometimes appear in my dreams.

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