It is no secret that I love the Tower of London, so here is another shot I took almost a year ago, which I just came across.
One of the things I really love about the Tower of London is the fact that it is home to a number of Warders and their families. Just imagine living there – my dream location!
Gough Square in London is famous for being the location of Dr Samuel Johnson’s house. Dr Johnson in turn is famous for being the author of the first english dictionary. However, this is not a post about him or his house. Instead, this is a small glimpse of the other little corners and alleyways that exist around this area, which is just off Fleet Street.
Gough Square, London
I came across these interesting looking doors in London.
A pretty door somewhere in Kensington
Another one with some pretty iron work, also in Kensington
I really was drawn to the door knocker on this one
A rather impressive looking door, shame about the dead plant!
I cannot remember where we came across this old door, but it’s safe to say it was on either an old church or another monument
The blue colour and lanterns did it for me on this one
One of the things I was really looking forward to was visiting some of the London Mews (you know, those little pretty streets made famous by the movie “Love Actually” in the scene where Keira Knightly opens the door to find Andrew Lincoln and some cue cards standing in the street). There are many of them in London, the one made famous by the movie is actually in Notting Hill – St Luke’s Mews; as this was somewhat out of the way given the plans we had made we visited some mews in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The mews are usually hidden away behind archways and you would never know that you are in busy London!
These houses were originally built in the 18th and 19th century to stable horses and provided accommodation above the stables for the servants. The houses sit on cobbled little streets which originally were service roads located behind grand Georgian and Victorian houses.
There was usually a tunnel under the garden connecting with the basement of the house, so servants could slip out to the stable without disturbing the residents. A curious feature of almost any mews house is that it has no windows at the back, so servants could not spy on their betters enjoying a stroll in the garden.
Most mews were utilitarian places, with hard-wearing cobbles and a drain down the middle to take away the waste from the horses.
The reason they are called “mews” is not immediately obvious. Some research shows that they were named after the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, which evolved from the Kings’ Mews, which goes back to Richard II (r. 1377-99). The royal hawks were kept at the King’s Mews from 1377, where the birds were confined at moulting time; mew meaning moulting. Up until the reign of Henry VII (r. 1485-1509) the Mews was at Charing Cross, at the western end of the Strand where today the National Gallery stands. The building was destroyed by fire in 1534 and rebuilt as stables, keeping the name “Mews” when it acquired this new function.
So, after this little history lesson, here are some of my favourite photos I took of the iconic London Mews.
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It is no secret to those of you that have followed me for a while that I love the New Town Hall in my hometown of Hannover in Germany. The building, inside and out, is just majestic. One of the great features are the spiral staircases, which are actually elliptical in shape. I love to photograph them whenever I am back there.
Staircase in the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) in Hannover, Germany
A few photos of some of the amazing rooms of the Bückeburg Palace.
The Ball Room ceiling
The Yellow Room
Stately room in Bückeburg Palace.
I couldn’t resist sharing another shot of Bückeburg castle. It is not a castle that is all that famous, although I think that needs to change as it is a beautiful palace.
Bückeburg Palace (Schloss), Lower Saxony, Germany
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Here is another street view taken in Hameln (Hamelin), Germany,
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Hameln (or Hamelin in English) is a pretty town in Northern Germany. It is most famous for the story of the Rat Catcher, but it should also be famous for its fabulous old buildings. My next few posts will be showcasing some of them.
Just a couple of examples of the houses that can be found in the city center of Hameln (Hamelin) in Germany.
Cee’s Challenge this Tuesday is architecture. I love taking photos of buildings, new or old, I am not biased, I like them all as long as they hold my interest.
Hannover’s old town
The Gherkin and the Cheesegrater buildings in London, UK.
Marienburg Castle just outside of Hannover, Germany.
Categories: Cee's Fun Foto Challenge
Tags: architecture, Buildings, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, CFFC, Cheesegrater, Germany, Gherkin, Hannover, London, Lower Saxony, Marienburg Castle, Old Town, UK