We’ve had a few visits to the King’s Road in recent months. No sooner had I introduced you to the work of Bill Figg than my old friend CC came along with some equally interesting (and technically superior) pictures. I initially divided CC’s pictures into people and shopfronts, but the photos she has recently allowed me to scan are a mixture of the two, and best of all, there are several posts’ worth, so you can expect to see more of them over the coming weeks. To anyone who asks the question: Dave, aren’t you tired of the King’s Road? My answer is always: No, you can never have too many pictures of that ever changing thoroughfare, and those of us who live nearby will probably never tire of it.
As I’ve been examining then, I’ve seen pictures of individuals, and locations. This post has some of both, and this one which combines the two.
The lightly clad gentleman and his snake (it is a snake isn’t it?) are standing in the old Sainsburys / Boots area (with its now identified sculpture, thanks to a knowledgeable reader ) which at one time I had no pictures of, but now there are several.
Here it sneaks into another picture.
You can just see the edge of the sculpture.
At the other end of the street, a view of the former police station on the corner of Milmans Street.
One the left, obscured by scaffolding a shop called 20th Century Box.
After the Police had moved on the building ended its days as a community centre, and finally a boarded up shell, replaced in the 1990s by a new building. (Some pictures in this post)
We’ve passed this spot before.
Now, of course, a survivor at the edge of a new development.
Some buildings survive though the shops in them change.
Lord John, at number 72.
Then closing down.
Some people are there for a short while
And then move on.
Some messages are more long lasting, and the same point is still being made.
I don’t remember this shop, but thanks to failing light bulbs I won’t forget ot.
Continuing the night time theme, a view of one of CC’s regular stops.
One more theme to come is looking above the shopfronts at what can be seen above, something I’ve always wanted to do in other Kensington and Chelsea streets.
Here you see a now obliterated ghost sign.
Close up. The wall above Sweaty Betty is now a uniform white.
Finally, a couple hanging around by the entrance to Boy.
Nice shorts, sir.
More of the same in a future post.
I should perhaps have anticipated this series with a more coherent title from the start, but we’ll see how we go.
All this week’s images are copyright by CC who for the moment prefers to remain anonymous, although some of you may know her. Lavish thanks to her once again.