M. Landaw

M. Landaw, 5 Eagle Place, City of Westminster, London SW1, 2003 & 2014 (bottom) • Stylish alleyway newsagent looking straight out of Vienna. Not only has it disappeared, the entire lively row was later stripped of commerce and rebuilt as a barren, featureless space (bottom). There’s a 2008 photo of the whole alley pre-development on the Urban75 blog here.

M. Landaw

M. Landaw

M. Landaw

M. Landaw

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J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre

J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre, Nursery Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 2010 • Founded 1870 initially as a brass foundry, Hobsons used to supply the pub trade with glasses and materials, but closed in 2009 due to floods and recession.There’s a history thread here to which the owner’s son contributes.  The building was still there in 2012.

J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre

J.R. Hobson & Co The Drinking Glass Centre

Margot Gowns

Margot Gowns, 4 William Street, Herne Bay, Kent, 2004 • Essence of seaside town, a symphony in pink. Google street view shows it looking just the same in 2009, except with a car-blocking giant plant pot outside (parked cars stopped me getting a straight-on shot at the time). It’s even still got pink outfits in the window. I don’t know if it’s still there now, though.

Margot Gowns

J & M Smith

J & M Smith, 64 North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, 2003 • A very sad shop which suggested to me that its owner had died. Although I didn’t know it when I photographed this, I’ve since discovered that I may have been conceived in Emsworth (possibly in and named after nearby Victoria Road), when my father was stationed at Thorney Island. Maybe this shop was a going concern then. It’s now been turned into a plain brick house, and you’d never know the shop had been there. Where does time go?

J & M Smith

 

 

 

New Piccadilly

New Piccadilly, 8 Denman Street, City of Westminster, London W1, 2003 • This Italian institution was so famous I thought plenty of other people would record it (and I was right – there’s a Flickr group here), so never got a decent shot of the outside, or even attempted the inside, which was an overwhelmingly retro yellow formica time capsule. Here it is in its latter days; it closed for redevelopment in 2007 and is unrecognisable now. According to the excellent article here, Lorenzo Marioni, the proprietor for 50 years, took away or destroyed all traces before retiring to Italy. I have to say, the few times I ate there, the food and coffee were terrible, they couldn’t even make a decent omelette. You can get the idea from the scrawled sign in the window offering “try our signature dish of jungli hot chicken curry & eggs with rice £6″.

New Piccadilly

 

 

New Piccadilly

New Piccadilly