What is this blog about?
Having noticed that a lot of people see no more than the obvious tourist attractions of London, I thought it would be a good idea to show the world that there is more, much more, to be seen in London. As you may have gathered from the title, ‘London Details’ is all about items you come across when walking in the city and you want to know more about. So, it is not about the London Eye, the Tower of London, nor about Madame Tussaud – nice as they are – but it is about the small gems that make London what it is, a fascinating city. If you are interested in shops of days gone by, have a look at my other blog, London Street Views.

Who am I?
A retired physician, living in London, born in Bruges in 1568 (yes, that is correct, 1568), but when I was young, my family moved to Leiden where I studied for my MD. I also spent some time in Russia as physician to the tsar, but have been living happily in London for quite some time now. In 1599, I married Sarah Oeils and we had 3 children who survived into adulthood; Baldwin junior, Jeremy and Elisabeth. If you want to know a it more about me and my friends, go to www.facebook.com/baldwin.hamey or to this page with my portrait. And if you do not believe this, and think the name Baldwin Hamey is a pen-name, a pseudonym, or an alias, you might be right, but despite this innocent subterfuge, I hope you still like the blog.

Most pictures have been taken by me with a small hand-held digital camera, so do not expect photographic miracles; the purpose of them is just to give you some idea of what I am writing about. If the photo has not been taken by me, the source will be stated.

Help needed
There is a danger in linking to other sources on the web as websites get changed, moved, or taken off completely. Should you find a dead link in any of my posts, would you please be so kind as to alert me to the problem via a comment or an email? Many thanks for your help.

This blog can be cited or used (of course preferably with due acknowledgement) for non-commercial purposes. Any reuse for a commercial reason is not allowed. For those who are familiar with Creative Commons: the relevant icon below.

17 thoughts on “About”

  1. thehistoryvault said:

    Great blog!

  2. warren said:

    Please could you help me. We have a costermonger barrow which says on hire w.j. everett ltd 165 Drury Lane WC2 all over it. It dates 1901 covent Garden. I can send you pictures if you wish. I am trying to locate who built it and who this hire company is as well as try to trace the owners etc. Is there anything you can do to help me please?

    • I am quite willing to help, although 1900 is a bit late, but I’ll try. A picture would certainly be helpful (baldwinhamey[at]gmail.com) Drury Lane is not covered by the Tallis Street Views, so no help there.

  3. Gailen said:

    Thank you so very much for this informative blog. I’m an expat American, recently relocated and have used your blog as a walking guide to learn about my adopted city. I particularly enjoy your attention to architectural detail. I’m curious about the lovely, new-ish building I live in–Cranmer Court, Whitehead’s Grove, built in the 1930’s (yes, apologies for the stereotype of an American living in Chelsea, but I chose it because I can walk to work each day in Victoria). I’ve learned that the building sustained damage in WWII but can’t find more details. Where might I look for it’s history?

    • Hi Gailen,
      Thanks for your comment, much appreciated. Cranmer Court was designed by Stanley Gordon Jeeves and RIBA has some working drawings of the building. LMA also has material, but I will admit that I have not seen either of the files, so no idea if it is of any use to you. I am quite happy to discuss your query further, just send me an email at baldwinhamey [at] gmail.com.

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  5. I have taken the liberty of re-posting your excellent piece on the Plimsoll line:
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  6. Like you I really like Radiant House. Thank you for doing the detective work! Really fascinating.

  7. Helen Abbott said:

    Fascinating blog, please email me any updates
    Thanks and regards

    • Dear Helen,
      Thanks for your kind comment. You can subscrie to the blog with the “Follow blog via email” option on the left-hand side of the webpage.

  8. Richard said:

    Hi, A couple of months ago I think (!) that I sent you a link to our history website http://www.herberthistory.co.uk/cgi-bin/sitewise.pl?act=det&pt=&p=275&id=herbhis
    which shows this, “A slightly later drawing shows both 6&7 around 1838, when John Tallis published his “London Street Views”. However the Wood’s name is not shown, as the publication was a commercial venture and it was necessary to subscribe to have the name of a particular business identified.” rgds, Richard.

    • Thanks Richard. Yes, you did sent me the link and it is one of the addresses I still have to work on, but there are so many and I have not done any research on this particular one. I will get round to it sometime, promise.

  9. Karl Koster said:

    FANTASTIC blog….any chance Borradaile hat manufacturers on 34 Fenchurch appears in an image?

    • Thanks for your kind comment and yes, Tallis has “Borradaili, on, & Ravenhill” at 34 Fenchurch. I have not done any research on them, but will get onto it. Will send you a picture by email. If you have any information on them you care to share, please email me.

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