Winter 1916

Pow_Winter_Recreation_Art_IWMART17084 German Prisoners of War Recreation Alexandra Palace London 1916 First World War One

This painting, from the collection of the Imperial War Museum, shows German prisoners of war playing in the snow outside Alexandra Palace in London.

At the beginning of the First World War the area housed Belgian refugees, but as the war continued it was transformed into an internment camp for Germans and Austrians.

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Thomas Hardy’s Early Career

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, influenced both in his novels and in his poetry

Today marks ninety years since the death of Thomas Hardy, famed English novelist of the Victorian era.

His famous works include Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895).

However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.

St Pancras Railway Station London Victorian Era the year it opened 1868

In 1868

One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.

The Hardy Tree in the churchyard of St Pancras Old Church, growing up between gravestones moved there while Thomas Hardy was working here. London Victorian Era.

Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.

On this day: London Frozen

This photograph, dated the 2nd of January, 1962 shows ice and snow at East Finchley station in London’s north. The next winter the United Kingdom suffered one of the coldest winters on record.

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EPSON scanner image

The aftermath of an air raid.

London was bombed by the Nazis on the 29th of December, 1940. Now world-famous photographer Cecil Beaton took this image after the attack. The bell towers of St Paul’s Cathedral in the City can be seen in the background, showing how close the internationally-renowned building came to being destroyed.

Some of the most famous images of the Second World War (e.g.) involved the cathedral surviving Nazis bombs.

The Western Bell Towers of St Paul’s Cathedral After the Incendiary Raid of 29 December, London.

Cecil Beaton, 'The Western Bell Towers of St Paul's Cathedral After the Incendiary Raid of 29 December, London', 1940.

Wartime Christmas, 1944.

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Christmas in London in 1944, the last Christmas of the Second World War. The caption for the image reads:

At the Canning Town settlement, Derek Cunningham receives a Christmas card and savings stamp. In addition, he is holding a paper bag containing a new toy and some sweets, donated as Christmas gifts by America through the British War Relief Society.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

Christmas in 1910

Xmas_Show_Week_1910Sutton High St., Christmas, 1910. South London Greater London.

This photograph is of the High Street in Sutton, Greater London during “Xmas Show Week” in 1910.

The High Street had only been developed at the beginning of the 1900s, as the town’s population grew through the Edwardian era.

On this day: the death of a war photographer

Ralph Morse, an American photographer for Life magazine, and war correspondent in Britain in the 1940s, died in Florida on the 7th of December, 2014 at the age of ninety-seven.

American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, London, 1944. Photograph By Ralph Morse.

Amongst his popular photographs were those of American soldiers stationed in England during the Second World War alongside their local girlfriends. The image above was taken in London’s Hyde Park in 1944 in the buildup to D-Day. Interestingly, the American soldier is clearly wearing a wedding ring on his left hand.