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Filename: aa064894.jpg

Size: 4345 x 4345 (7.2MB)

Date: 1st October 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

© Historic England Images 2008 - All Rights Reserved

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Roof tops, Eaton Place, London a064894

EATON PLACE, Belgravia, London. A view of the rooftops of Eaton Place, Westminster showing rows of chimneys and chimney pots. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: January 1962-May 1964

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This evocative photograph captures the scenic beauty of the rooftops in Eaton Place, Belgravia, London, as seen through the lens of renowned photographer John Gay. Taken between January 1962 and May 1964, this image offers a glimpse into the urban residential landscape of a bygone era. Eaton Place, located in the prestigious district of Belgravia, is renowned for its elegant terraces of white stucco townhouses. This photograph, however, focuses on the less explored upper reaches of these residences. The rooftops, adorned with rows of chimneys and chimney pots, present a unique and intriguing perspective of this historic neighborhood. The chimneys, standing tall against the London skyline, are a testament to the area's rich history. They represent the city's industrial past, a time when coal fires burned in hearths to keep homes warm. The chimney pots, with their distinctive shapes and patterns, are a quintessential part of the London skyline and have become an iconic symbol of the city's urban fabric. The photograph also showcases the textures and patterns of the rooftops, from the various shapes and sizes of the chimneys to the intricate designs of the tiles and slates. The contrast between the dark, moody sky and the light, textured rooftops adds depth and dimension to the image. John Gay's photograph of the rooftops of Eaton Place is a reminder of the beauty and history that can be found in the most unexpected places. It invites us to look beyond the familiar street-level views and explore the hidden gems that lie above.

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