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STRANDLINES EXPLORES ONE OF LONDON'S MOST FAMOUS STREETS, THE STRAND, AND ITS PAST AND PRESENT COMMUNITIES

Jim Fox, King’s Electrician 1953-98

On 11th May 2012 I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Fox for Strandlines. Jim first started working at King’s on 19th January 1953 as an apprentice electrician, and retired in 1998 having been promoted to Site Engineer. Jim’s first experience of the Strand came at the age of fifteen, when he came to King’s…

Mrs Holt’s Italian Warehouse

In the 1720s, Mrs Holt’s Italian Warehouse (a warehouse was a sort of 18th-century department store) in the Strand opposite Exeter Change. According to the trade card that William Hogarth engraved for her, she stocked ‘all sort of Italian silks as Lustrings, Sattins, Padesois, Velvets, Damasks, &c, Fans, Leghorne Hats, Flowers, Lute and Violin Strings,…

Dickensfest

On Saturday, Dickens came to the Strand – in the ambitious form of Dickensfest! ~ an event co-organised by The Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s (where Strandlines lives) and Westminster Archives. Many thanks to  Ruth Richardson and Judith Bottomley for inspiration and organisation. Dickensfest lined up all sorts of scholars and writers to talk…

Catching up

Much has been happening with Strandlines! Except keeping up with the blog. I take it up now in part because I’m giving a talk about blogs next month, at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing; whoops, how embarrassing to have let Strandlines blog slip. In part too the blog has taken a back seat because…

The Vaudeville Theatre

A few doors down from the Adelphi is the pretty building which houses the Vaudeville Theatre.Built in 1870, Henry Irving acted on this stage for a while, as Ronald Bergan’s book The Great Theatres of London tells us.

Coutts Bank

If we carry on walking down the Strand away from Charing Cross station, we soon see, on the north side of the street, the imposing sight of Coutts bank: Dickens would probably be pleased to see that his old bank is still on the Strand, although it used to be on the other side of…

Adelphi Theatre

Carrying on along the north side of the Strand, heading east towards Fleet Street and away from Trafalgar Square, we reach the Adelphi theatre. This gorgeous Art Deco-style building is the latest incarnation of the theatre, built in 1930. However, the Adelphi started life as the Sans Pareil in 1806. It was renamed in 1819,…

Overlooking the Strand

One day, that happened to be the two hundred and first anniversary of Bastille Day, I was chatting with a friend. Overlooking the area surrounding the Strand, we were submerged in the questions that unexpectedly occupied our consciousnesses in the way nothing short of total. Our conversation lead to an insight into a peculiar truth…

Northumberland House

Northumberland House was one of the last survivors of the noblemen’s palaces which originally lined the Strand. It stood on the south side of Trafalgar Square at the start of the Strand, and was recognised by its distinctive lion on the top of the roof. This lion is the symbol of the Dukes of Northumberland,…

What is Strandlines?

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE A STRAND

Strandlines Digital Community explores one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities.

This site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings and films can be viewed.

But it is also a place where residents, workers and visitors can engage with one another by sharing stories and images.

Each contribution from a past or present Strand dweller adds a strand to the digital community, traversing a range of themes and places; reflecting upon the present and delving into the past.

A strand could be:

  • An anecdote about an incident that took place on the Strand recently, or many years ago.
  • A story about one of the Strand’s many lines: backstreets that connect the Strand with Covent Garden; the parallel line of the River Thames.
  • A photograph of a building on the Strand, or of someone who used to live or work in the locality.
  • An object found on or near the Strand.
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EXPERIENCES, STORIES, AND RECOLLECTIONS

STRANDS

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EXPLORE THE STRAND

MAPS

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A CHRONOLOGY

TIMELINE

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The Strand in the 1900s The Strand in 2010

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STRANDLINES IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF A GREAT MANY INDIVIDUALS, BUT ALSO THOSE OF ORGANISATIONS WHICH INCLUDE: