London History

.’. John Nash – first work .’.


Born in Lambeth, London, the son of a Welsh millwright, Nash trained with the architect Sir Robert Taylor. He established his own practice in 1777, but his career was initially unsuccessful and short-lived. After inheriting £1000 in 1778 from his uncle Thomas, he invested the money in building his first known independent works, 66-71 Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury (See photos).

But the property failed to let and he was declared bankrupt in 1783 and left London. John Nash is responsible for many buildings around London and I am sure that you must have one favorite. He is responsible for the Buckingham Palace, Royal Mews, St James Park, Regent Street and many others. Nash’s career effectively ended with the death of George IV in 1830. Nash’s career effectively ended with the death of George IV in 1830.

London History

.’. Willesden Green – A ghost from 1905 .’.


This is the High Road at Willesden Green. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Willesdune, meaning The Hill of the Spring, and a settlement bearing this name dates back to 939 AD. The Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Wellesdone. The town’s motto is Laborare est orare. (“to labour is to pray”).

I got this “old photo” at the Queens Park day and it shows the Willesden Green – High Road back in 1905. If you look closely at this amazing photo you will see at the left side a sign saying: Brovril Sold Here (near to a clock) and while passing by I notice that at the year 2011 the sign still there, isn’t it just fascinating?