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An exciting discovery which has come about following Father Kevin's presentation to Greenwich Historical Society earlier this week. ... See MoreSee Less
Greenwich Historical Society added 2 new photos.
Our thanks to Father Kevin for a wonderfully entertaining and well prepared presentation about Our Ladye Star of the Sea Church this evening. He got our Autumn programme started in fine style! ... See MoreSee Less
Floor Blimey! Remains of an original tiled floor from the Greenwich Palace of Tudor times have been discovered by the conservators working at the Old Royal Naval College. Details in the press release ...
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On Boxing Night, 1885 Rev. Charles Spurgeon, one of the twin sons of the famous Charles Haddon Spurgeon, minister of the South Street Baptist Chapel entertained his large congregation with a magic lantern show, "Street Characters and Cries." It was almost certainly the first photo documentary and took the form of a train journey from London Bridge Station to Greenwich. The photographs were taken by Mr. R. Sims, a professional photographer based in King Street (now King William Walk). The 53 photos of Central Greenwich street scenes are posed and maybe some of the street sellers were given advance notice to wear their best clothes. Some were very unlikely to have best clothes. The photos are well known and have been reproduced in two books and shown in a major exhibition, but the exact date of the lecture wasn't certain until David Leggatt searched the records at the Baptist Chapel. His fine research and well-written article in our Transactions solved many mysteries about this remarkable collection and its provenance.
Why Charles Spurgeon used everyday images and recorded the street cries is a bit puzzling but maybe it was the very familiarity of the scenes and sounds that was the point of his Christmas entertainment.
Julian Watson ... See MoreSee Less