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Unseen London

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Peter Dazeley has gained access to the hidden interiors of some of London's most iconic buildings, from Tower Bridge to Battersea Power Station, Big Ben to the Old Bailey. His photographs of these buildings - some derelict, but many still working - are astonishing. Here is a collection of some 50 extraordinary locations, with a thoughtful text by Mark Daly which tells the story of how each of these places was created, how they are used, and what they reveal about the currents of power flowing through the city. Unseen London takes you backstage at some of the capital's great theatres, into the changing rooms of some of our greatest temples of sport, into the heart of the Establishment, the boiler room of the city's infrastructure and behind the scenes at some of the most opulent buildings in the Square Mile.

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Big Ben - The top of the clock tower, housing the Ayrton Light

Big Ben is probably the most photographed building in London. Almost all the tourists who come to the capital have the great clock tower of the Palace of Westminster firmly on their itinerary. This is partly because it is unique – there is really no other building in the world quite like it – but also because its huge clock and sonorous bells seem to embody the best of British engineering and accomplishment. Yet the story of the building suggests something different, and the familiar exterior conceals a complex and intriguing interior...

Main pump room, Crossness Pumping Station

Crossness Pumping Station engine house is a splendid Romanesque industrial building which stands south of the Thames about 12 miles (19 km) east of Trafalgar Square. Its counterpart across the river in the East End is Abbey Mills, exotic in appearance. They are two conspicuous features of what remains one of London’s hidden engineering secrets – its mid-Victorian sewer system...

Battersea Power Station - Control Room A

Battersea Power Station is as enigmatic viewed from its ruined interior as when seen from the classic viewpoint across the Thames. Standing disused for almost as long as it was operational, it remains the most uncompromising structure in London, a source of exasperation for preservationists, developers and the local community. From the inside, the detail is revealing. Battersea Power Station may evoke a cathedral, but it is clearly steel-framed like a skyscraper, and deploys vast areas of concrete. It may be the largest brick building in Europe, but its structural heart lies in I-section girders and thousands of steel reinforcing rods buried inside concrete pillars and columns...

Repton Boxing Club

A fine Victorian bathhouse in Bethnal Green is home to the best know amateur boxing establishment in Britain, Repton Boxing Club, with a history dating back to 1884 for the improvement of deprived boys of the East End. The area is now modernized and residentially desirable, but the club just off Brick Lane looks just as it might have done in the 1930s. There is a good patina on white glazed tile walls, distressed woodwork, yellowing bout bills, battered punchbags and a well-used square ring. All this creates an authentic atmosphere for a casual visitor, but it is a little deceptive. Repton Boxing Club has been based at the Cheshire Street bathhouse since only 1978, having been housed at multiple locations in the East End previously. Boxing and the building represent two separate slices of East End culture...

Harrow School -The Alex Fitch Room, built in 1918

Harrow School, a boys’ independent public school known usually just as ‘Harrow’, is located at Harrow on the Hill High Street, in north-west London. Although a school seems to have existed in the locale since 1243, it was not until 1572 that Harrow School was officially founded by a yeoman-farmer John Lyon, under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I, and the schoolhouse was completed in 1615. One of the nine public schools reformed and regulated by the Public School Act (1868), Harrow usually has around 800 students, who live in a dozen boarding houses on a full-time basis, and whose school uniform features morning suits, top hats, straw hats and canes. A roll call of celebrated alumni includes eight British Prime Ministers, including Palmerston, Baldwin and Churchill, and also Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, along with two kings..

Theatre Royal Drury Lane - The girls’ quick-change area, backstage

Out of the forty-plus theatres in London’s West End, Drury Lane is acknowledged to possess the best technical capabilities. It is a pioneer of special effects and stage machinery in the pursuit of disbelief suspended. A taste for increasingly spectacular melodramas in the 1890s had inspired Drury Lane to mount productions with elaborate full-scale set pieces, including a chariot race for a production of Ben Hur and an avalanche and earthquake for other ‘sensation productions’ of the time. A melodrama called The Whip required the staging of a train crash and horse race. To handle some of the technical effects, special capability was required under the stage, and in 1898 a stage lift system powered by hydraulic rams was installed, which remains in place today...

The Alexandra Palace - Organ

A vast auditorium silent for eighty years, a major event in broadcasting history, two disastrous fires and an attack by a flying bomb . . . Alexandra Palace’s story is a strange one, encompassing momentous and turbulent happenings. It may one day recapture its full lost glory. Alexandra Palace is a landmark Victorian entertainment complex, which opened in 1875 and has lain mostly disused for much of its lifetime. While its Great Hall and West Hall are used for concerts and exhibitions, it also contains one of London’s lost theatres, once capable of seating audiences of 2,500. The last live performance to take place at the Alexandra Palace Theatre was in 1933...

Henry VIII's Wine Cellar- The relocated wine cellar, now under the Ministry of Defence.

In 1938 Queen Mary, widow of King George V, asked that the last remaining part of the ancient Whitehall Palace be kept from destruction; in fairy tale style courtiers accepted the challenge and granted the wish, overcoming great difficulties in the process. King Henry VIII’s wine cellar, as it has come to be known, is brick-ceilinged with supporting ribs, carried by four octagonal stone pillars dividing the room into bays. It measures 70 ft long and 30 ft wide, built in 1516 by Cardinal Wolsey and seized by Henry VIII...

Aldwych Underground Station

On one side of the station building the nameplate reads Aldwych and on the other side it says Strand, both denoting the same disused Underground station on a branch line going nowhere. Built on a route which once aimed at reaching Waterloo, Aldwych remained operational until as late as September 1994. As the most recent central London Tube station to be completely closed without replacement, Aldwych has not so far generated a great mythology, yet it is unique among the seventeen lost London Underground stations. It remains intact, with platforms and running rails in place and conductor rail electrified...

About the Author :

PETER DAZELEY, known as Dazeley, was born in West Kensington and studied photography at Holland Park School, now known as the 'Socialist Eton'. His work has won many awards from organisations across the world, including the Association of Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society in the UK, EPICA in France, Applied Arts Magazine in Canada, and Graphis Inc. in the USA . Dazeley is one of the few modern photographers whose fine art work is produced as platinum prints.Dazeley became a member of the Association of Photographers in 1977 and became a life member in 1984. In June 2013 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society. Fellowship is the highest distinction of the RPS and recognizes original work and outstanding ability. He is the photographer of Unseen London (Frances Lincoln, 2014).MARK DALY is a writer and publisher with a longstanding interest in secret and little-known aspects of London. He has also devised a number of London walking tours, focussing on little-known or unusual aspects of the city. His previous book with Dazely is the acclaimed Unseen London.

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