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Demolition at Whitehall Gardens CXP01_01_091

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Filename: cxp01_01_091.jpg

Size: 6507 x 4851 (6.2MB)

Date: 19th August 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

Job Title: Photographer

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Demolition at Whitehall Gardens CXP01_01_091

PEMBROKE HOUSE, WHITEHALL GARDENS, WHITEHALL, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON. A view of the remains of Pembroke House at 7 Whitehall Gardens seen during demolition.
The Georgian town houses in Whitehall Gardens were demolished in 1938 to make way for the Board of Trade and Air Ministry Building, later the Ministry of Defence. However, due to the Second World War the construction of the new building was only started after the war

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Media ID 22199931

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1930s Demolition Destruction Gate Lodge Georgian Government Office House Loss And Loss And Destruction


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the scene of demolition at Whitehall Gardens, specifically focusing on the remains of Pembroke House. Located at 7 Whitehall Gardens in the City of Westminster, Greater London, this Georgian townhouse fell victim to destruction in 1938. The purpose behind its demolition was to make way for the construction of what would later become known as the Board of Trade and Air Ministry Building, eventually serving as the Ministry of Defence. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of World War II, progress on constructing this new government office was halted until after the war had ended. This image serves as a poignant reminder not only of loss and destruction but also highlights how historical landmarks can be sacrificed for modern development. Photographer Charles William Prickett skillfully captures both a sense of nostalgia and curiosity through his lens. The remnants seen in this photograph evoke a feeling that time has stood still amidst chaos and change. It is an intriguing glimpse into a moment frozen in history when old gave way to new. As we reflect upon this image today, it reminds us to appreciate our architectural heritage while recognizing that progress often comes with sacrifice.

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