Last month I had some contrasts between old and new London.
This month represents the contrasts between perhaps rich and poor – or at least between Posh and not Posh. The two areas I have taken photos of are Westminster – the Victoria part – and Peckham – mostly of Peckham Rye. There are in the part of Westminster that I have photographed some local authority housing buildings and a Peabody estate – though many of the local authority flats will have been sold under Right to Buy – so it is not simply rich – but never very far off. Peckham – never minding the joke statement from Only Fools and Horses that This time next year Rodney we could all be millionaires – is almost certainly the seeding ground for some future London millionaires in spite of some of its appearance at the moment.
As before, I have interspersed the photographs – first one from SW1 followed by one from SE15
The first photo I show is of the developments on the South Bank towards Waterloo taken from Vauxhall Bridge – so they are not of SW1 but rather SE1. Once you cross Vauxhall Bridge to the north bank you are in SW1. The next one (the first from Peckham) is of a typical council high rise – the sort that the Trotters lived in…though nowadays many of them will be privately owned via Right to Buy.
Most of the rest of the photos of SE15 – Peckham – are in and around Rye Lane in Peckham Rye and are of the shops and market stalls of that area.
In the case of SW1 – Westminster – I walked up Vauxhall Bridge Road to Victoria Station, then along Victoria Street to Westminster Abbey and Westminster Bridge; over Westminster Bridge and along York Street to Waterloo Station, so my photographs more or less follow that walk. Some of the new developments near Victoria Station and along Victoria Street are of very striking architecture, but, of course some of the older buildings along there that I have snapped such as Methodist Central Hall (every bit as impressive inside) and Westminster Cathedral are also very striking. In the case of Westminster Cathedral you can take photographs inside, unless there is a service taking place – unlike Westminster Abbey where photographing inside the church is not allowed. There was a service when I was there but I shall return and take some photographs of this majestic cathedral in the future.
The contrast between these two areas of London – despite not being simply about between rich and poor – is nevertheless very substantial for two parts that are less than three miles apart.