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Walking through London

This post is going to be a bit of a departure from my usual style. I was off on a walk yesterday and I am inviting you along on a bit of a recap of the day.  I was in London for the day. Friends were passing through London and this was the day that our schedules intersected. They would be available in the afternoon, but I decided to make a full day of it. I am the kind of person that makes lists. For everything. One of my lists is “Things to do in England”. When something catches my eye, it goes on the list. Since I had a morning in London, I decided to do two things that were on the London section of the list. I’m also a bit of a history nerd buff, so on the list were a rare King Edward VIII postbox and St. Etheldreda’s Church.  I took the train to King’s Cross and then headed here:

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The iconic London Underground. I happened to be standing with my back to this wall and then thought, that would be a fun photo. It was shot on my iPhone. The underground deposited me near to this:

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It’s a King Edward VIII postbox I tell you rather excitedly! and if you are anything like the rest of my family you chuckle, nod politely, and wait for me to take the photo. This one was taken with my point and shoot. Postboxes with a King Edward VIII cypher are rare because he was King for less than a year and then a lot of his postboxes were either modified or replaced. It took me a fair amount of digging to locate this one that I could visit, ultimately I tracked it down on Instagram, so it seemed only right to post this version, shot with my iPhone and edited in Hipstamatic, there:

From there I went to find St. Etheldreda’s Church. It is one of the oldest Catholic Churches in England and the structure itself is one of two in London that dates from the reign of King Edward I. It has a rather interesting history but it was built sometime between 1250-1290 and it was set to its current form and function in 1878. I was told of existence about a year ago and assured that it was well worth my time to track down if I had the opportunity. Wow, was it ever:

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This first shot, taken shortly after a Mass, shows the beautiful interior as well as the haze from incense used in the Mass.

Then there was the stained glass:

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Both of these shots were taken with my point and shoot. Set back from the main road and tucked in between more modern buildings this church was a beautiful highlight of my day.

If you are wondering why I didn’t take one of my larger cameras on this outing there were two reasons. First, I was concerned about the potential crowds, headed into London for St. Patrick’s Day. The second was the weather. That turned out to be the bigger of the two issues, as I was hailed on a few times over the course of the day.

Thanks for coming along as I am busy ticking things off my list. Do you make lists like this? What do you think of the photos, do you have a favorite? Your thoughts are welcome below.

Cheers!

As this walk was all over London, so this post is all over my different blogging places.  Added to:

Len-Artists Photo Challenge: History.

A Photo A Week Challenge: Cityscape/Townscape.

Jo’s Monday Walk.

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41 thoughts on “Walking through London

  1. That is indeed an impressive church – the stain glass looks wonderful. I’m interested in the history of this place and how it remained a catholic church, even through the Tudor period and all the religious upheavals that brought down on us. I dp like that photo of the stained glass – it’s not always easy to get a shot of.

    There’s nothing wrong with being a history nerd!

    I’m liking that postbox as well (god listen to us!) and I don’t blame you for seeking it out. Apparently there are some really early green Victorian ones about as well (I think they’re Victorian) anyway). I have seen one but it was i somebodies garden wall being used as their letter box.

    And nothing wrong with a point and shoot, they’re great cameras to keep on you. A lot of the photo’s on my blog were taken with my old 4.0MP Canon G3 I was given for Valentines day.

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    • So, the short answer here is that it has not been a continuous Catholic church, it was, then it wasn’t, then it was again. These things happen!
      I got lucky with that stained glass, which I agree, is often difficult to shoot. In this case, a huge help was its location much closer to eye-level than you would normally find a window like this.
      Needless to say, I completely geeked out while we were in Dublin, and tracked down a green Victorian postbox there. Here I went the easy route, Victoria is in front of Queen’s College in Cambridge. A good place to go in search of a queen I suppose! my little postbox obsession has leaked into my Instagram.
      I also think there is nothing wrong with a point and shoot or for that matter my iPhone. I mention it when I use those cameras on this blog in part because I think one thing photographers geek out about is gear. While that can be fun, I think there is the danger of falling into the mode of thinking that in order to get a photo you have to have all the gear, and that just isn’t true.

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  2. Excellent. I still have an ELPH 100 but I’m using my SX200 since I stupidly lost my ZS100. The drawback of a pocket camera. I lived in London for 6 months while working in England for 4+ years, centered around Swindon. Lived in Bath for 2+ years. As you may know, in the U.S. some people use white ‘subway tile’ for interior decorating, mostly in bathrooms. My personal preference is that it remain in the subways, as you have aptly pictured. Brings back memories.

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  3. Thanks so much, Amy- this is great! I’m not so knowledgeable about the post boxes but I love your shots of it. How can anyone not enjoy a day in London? (but hail??? 😦 ) 🙂 🙂

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  4. Looks like a great time out for you in London, and hope it was a great catchup with friends. I like to make lists too, be it every day lists to shopping lists to travel lists. I really find it helps me to stay organised and not forget anything.

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  5. Amy, I loved reading about your day, your walking tour, it was helpful to hear you took the 2 church photos with a point-and-shoot, I was making mental notes for when I might like to try that type of camera vs. the smartphone or the full SLR. Loved the bit of history background on the postbox, my daughter would be super-excited. She is such an Anglophile history buff. 🙂 Thanks for a fun reading post, Amy!

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