As part of my ongoing project to explore Nottingham’s architecture the first photo shows what used to be the Nottingham Playhouse before it moved premises (to Wellington Circus – a lovely theatre, I’d recommend a visit). This building (now a pub) was opened in 1910 as a cinema which was called The Little Theatre by the 1940s and then became the Nottingham Playhouse in 1948. It moved to its new premises in 1963.
Dr Johnson’s House is the 300 year old townhouse where Samuel Johnson lived and worked compiling his dictionary. Built by Richard Gough, a wool merchant, his is the only house to have survived from that time, including being damaged during the Blitz. It is nestled away down side streets off Fleet Street and it was a little tricky to find, though this could equally have been down to me paying more attention to photographing the area as it was to a surprising lack of signage.
St Clement Danes Church in London is one of a group of churches that I had time to photograph but not go inside and visit properly (and which I do intend to rectify when I’m next in the area). The first church on the site was built by the Danes (hence the name) but the church that stands there now is a 17th century Christopher Wren design.
I spent a lot of time on my last London trip around Fleet Street and the Strand and one of my favourite buildings to photograph was most definitely the Royal Courts of Justice. It’s a large Victorian Gothic building which was built in the 1870s and opened by Queen Victoria in 1882.
Carlyle’s House is the home of Thomas and Jane Carlyle, preserved largely as it was when they lived there from 1834 by the National Trust. I didn’t know anything about the Carlyle’s prior to my visit, but learned that Thomas Carlyle was a writer and historian and that he and his wife Jane entertained the best and brightest of the Victorian literary world in their Chelsea home, including Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Continuing the theme of Nottingham architecture, this post explores some of the plaques in the city dedicated to people or significant events. As I’m discovering a lot lately, I’ve passed by many of these without noticing them before.
Kensington Palace is part of the Historic Royal Palaces Group and of course the place where Queen Victoria was born and grew up, not to mention where Princess Diana lived and the London residence of Prince William and his family.
Leighton House Museum is the only purpose built studio house open to the public, being the home of Frederick Leighton, a Victorian artist. He had the house designed to his precise requirements as a place where he could work, house his collections of art and receive visitors, which included Queen Victoria.
The Portland Collection is part of the Harley Gallery in Welbeck, a permanent exhibit of art and other items such as furniture and jewellery that the Dukes of Portland and their families have collected for centuries. It’s housed in a building that used to be where horses were trained by the Portlands.
After visiting the Banqueting Hall and the Jewel Tower I was walking around Westminster when the impressive looking Methodist Central Hall caught my eye. Built to mark the centenary of John Wesley’s death in 1905 (the founder of Methodism) I decided to pop inside and ask if I could take some photos of the interior. Straightaway I was told that if I had about twenty minutes to spare I could have my own, free tour of the building.