London In Photos By Libby Hall: 1967

I was pleased to find this selection of photos taken by Libby Hall, in 1967. I was 15 years old then, and this is the London of my teenage years.

The main concourse of Liverpool Street mainline station.

People living in tenement flats above Clapton Station in East London.

Farringdon Station in Clerkenwell, and the surrounding shops.

An overview of Farringdon Station and the Clerkenwell district.

Advertising signs in East London.

A classic ‘row of shops’. East London.

A newsagent and tobacconist shop. They were almost always situated on a corner.

Booth’s Gin distillery and bottling factory, Clerkenwell. The company made gin there from 1740.

38 thoughts on “London In Photos By Libby Hall: 1967

  1. (1) Chemists grab customers. Empire strikes back.
    (2) Do the people living in tenement flats above Eric Clapton Station ever get tired of his guitar music?
    (3) Alice once saw March Hare dressing. And, by the way, he didn’t need six assistants.
    (4) The man in the photo seems rather enlightened. #SignOfTheTimes
    (5) “Shoes for Broad Feet” is a tad misogynistic. Why not just advertise “Women’s Shoes”?
    (6) The shops in East London appear to be about six inches deep. I imagine the front door and the back door are actually the same door.
    (7) Do the men who congregate at Queenies Corner embrace each other in hopes of getting coverage in the Sunday Pictorial?
    (8) Sadly, in 1924, the Bureau of Prohibition shut down Jimmy Booth’s Distilleries deep in the Ozark Mountains. Jimmy told the federal agents they could put his alcohol bottles where the moon don’t shine.

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    1. (6) The building was triangular, like the Flatiron building in New York.
      (7) They would have been guaranteed coverage in that tabloid, undoubtedly.
      (8) Booth’s Gin is still very popular to this day.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. No crowds, no skyscrapers. I will always recognize the sound and smell of the London underground. Did you ever use the ancient lift…not sure which station door maybe there was more than one. The doors had to be manually opened and closed and it was very creaky.

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    1. I found this list of underground stations with lifts, Carolyn. I have been in many of those lifts over the years, in particular Mornington Crescent. 🙂

      ‘Off the top of my head (so not guaranteed to be 100% correct), stations with lifts (and no escalators are) as follows:

      Edgware Road Bakerloo Line station, Regents Park, Lambeth North, Elephant and Castle (both Bakerloo and Northern line ends of the station)

      Lancaster Gate, Queensway, Holland Park

      Hampstead, Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Tufnell Park, Mornington Crescent, Goodge Street, Borough, Elephant & Castle (also at the Bakerloo line exit), Kennington

      Holloway Road, Caledonian Road, Russell Square, Covent Garden, Gloucester Road (Piccadilly line only).

      Basically older (pre-1930s) stations that are (with the obvious exception of Covent Garden – although that reflects how very greatly that neighbourhood has changed over the last 30/40 years) relatively quiet, for which a case for converting/rebuilding them to include escalators has not been made

      Of those I know well, I’d say Chalk Farm, Borough and Lambeth North are among those with relatively short (well, <100 steps) emergency staircases, while Hampstead, Covent Garden and Russell Square are among those that are unbearably long, at least to go up.'

      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. The last time I was in Clerkenwell (2012) not that much had changed. Many of the shops were different then, and the factories were being ‘repurposed’ as luxury flats or design studios.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. You have to take your hat off to town planners, builders & maintenance people who jam buildings, pipes, wiring & population into such a cramped footprint.
    Despite this image, London has magnificent open spaces.

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