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Filename: aa066009.jpg

Size: 4364 x 4340 (5.2MB)

Date: 2nd April 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Gas street light, Kings Cross a066009

KINGS CROSS, London. A street view with an open gas street light in the foreground, a three wheeled van approaching and the gasometers at Kings Cross in the distance behind a high wall. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: 1946 - 1969

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Media ID 715527

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Gas Holder Lamp Post Road Traffic Urban


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day > The 1960s

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1900s - 1910s

> Historic Images > More Lost London

> Towns and Cities

> Transport > Road transport > Lorries trucks and vans


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, captured by John Gay between 1946 and 1969, offers a glimpse into the urban landscape of Kings Cross, London during a transitional period. The image centers around a solitary gas street light, its open flame casting an orange glow on the wet pavement and the surrounding road. The light, a relic of an earlier era, stands in stark contrast to the approaching three-wheeled van, a symbol of the modernization that was beginning to take hold. In the background, the iconic gasometers of Kings Cross loom large behind a high wall. These towering structures, once an integral part of London's gas supply infrastructure, are now a testament to the city's industrial past. The image captures the juxtaposition of old and new, tradition and progress, as the city continued to evolve. The scene is further enlivened by the bustling traffic on the road, adding a sense of movement and energy to the image. The reflection of the gas street light in the puddles on the road, as well as the condensation on the van's windows, add to the overall sense of atmosphere and depth. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the ever-changing nature of urban landscapes and the role that historical structures play in shaping our cities. It invites us to reflect on the past while also acknowledging the inevitability of progress.

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