Empty – and sadly no more
Sometimes it seems worse but mainly it’s just different.
London is changing… and not for the better. I started this blog because I was aware of how much London had changed since I was a child and I wanted to capture the atmosphere and character of the city I love before it disappeared.
I took a walk down Berwick Street today. It was once home to a street market with a dozen fruit and veg stalls, many many fabric shops, record shops, cheap cafes, ironmongers, lighting shops – just everything you could possibly want or need and all from independent small businesses.
The lower part of the street – where the street market is struggling to keep going – is being refurbished with new pavement and road being laid and God knows what else. It’s been going on for what seems like years.
I took the photo above just a few months ago, shortly after or before I took
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I know what you mean. I lived in London in my twenties and loved it but I hardly recognise it when I go back now. Still have the memories though. Maybe that’s why we are writers – we have to write down our memories to preserve history for future generations.
It is amazing how quickly it changes – although some parts do stay the same but I have been back just to make notes for my second novel on the changes around the Old Bailey.