Lives on the Strand

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

Odhams Walk

The Academy for Sustainable Communities has produced a video about the history of Odham’s Walk. Click on ‘video’ to view it.

Ford Madox Ford on the Strand in the nineteenth century

The Strand figures twice in Ford Madox Ford’s reminiscences about his pre-Raphaelite relations, Ancient Lights (London: Chapman and Hall, 1911). First in this passage which is revealing about the different experiences of place in different generations: I was talking the other day to a woman of position when she told me that her daughters were…

Selling the Big Issue on the Strand

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My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings, look on my works ye mighty and despair!

My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings, look on my works ye mighty and despair! These words come from a poster pasted onto a wall that surrounded a temporary community garden created in 1979 on the former Odhams Press site at the top of Bow Street. I was a new lecturer, just started in the…

Building construction and demolition Strand Palace Hotel Foyer 1930 – 31

Few Art Deco buildings were more glamorous than the luxury hotel. In England, Claridges, the Savoy and the brand new Dorchester all had sumptuous Art Deco interiors. But Oliver P. Bernard’s designs for the Strand Palace made this one of the most celebrated hotel interiors in London. Bernard had worked as a set-designer in theatre…

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

Partners

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