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STRANDLINES EXPLORES ONE OF LONDON'S MOST FAMOUS STREETS, THE STRAND, AND ITS PAST AND PRESENT COMMUNITIES

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THEMES AND PLACES

The Strand, today
EXPERIENCES, STORIES, AND RECOLLECTIONS

Strands

Each contribution from a past or present Strand dweller adds a strand to the digital community, exploring and traversing a range of themes and places — reflecting upon the present and delving into the past.

A performance at King's
EXPLORE THE STRAND IN DEPTH

Features

Features on Strandlines are longer articles and personal essays which focus on particular topics and themes in unbridled depth, harnessing the passions and interests of their authors.

Maureen Duffy
A BIOGRAPHICAL CELEBRATION

Maureen Duffy

Maureen Duffy is a playwright, poet, novelist and biographer. She is also an activist, having spent much of her life campaigning for authors’ rights, human rights, gay rights and animal rights. She is a celebrated alumna of King’s.

What is Strandlines?

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE A STRAND

The Strandlines digital community explores one of London’s most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities.

This site is an archive from which experiences, memories and reflections about the local area can be retrieved; a gallery where photographs, drawings and films can be viewed.

But it is also a place where residents, workers and visitors can engage with one another by sharing stories and images.

Each contribution from a past or present Strand dweller adds a strand to the digital community, traversing a range of themes and places; reflecting upon the present and delving into the past.

A strand could be:

  • An anecdote about an incident that took place on the Strand recently, or many years ago.
  • A story about one of the Strand’s many lines: backstreets that connect the Strand with Covent Garden; the parallel line of the River Thames.
  • A photograph of a building on the Strand, or of someone who used to live or work in the locality.
  • An object found on or near the Strand.

The latest strands

EXPERIENCES, MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS

Thirteen Lions

The Gunpowder Plotters meeting at the Duck and Drake, as rendered by Maz Hemming. The work of illustrator, graphic designer and game maker Maz Hemming, Thirteen Lions is a webcomic retelling the story of the Gunpowder Plot. It’s being published in instalments at http://webcomics.mazhemart.co.uk/comic/thirteen-lions/. While the conspiracy is currently in its infancy, there’s already been a pivotal cameo for the ...
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Anthony Heap’s Strand

Anthony Heap (1910-1985) kept a daily diary for nearly 57 years - from just before his 18th birthday in 1928 until 36 hours before his death in University College Hospital in October 1985. Anthony Heap in 1965 He was a Londoner who lived until 1932 with is parents in Gray’s Inn Road. Anthony attended St Clement Danes Grammar School in ...
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Shaw scammed

While researching a talk on sites around the Strand related to the women’s suffrage movement, I came across mention of a very odd incident involving George Bernard Shaw and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, whose wife, Emmeline, had in 1906 become one of the leaders of the Women’s Social and Political Union. With Emmeline, Frederick had founded and funded the WSPU newspaper, Votes ...
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Rapid and joyous bells

‘Oranges and lemons Say the bells of St Clements’ ...is or used to be well-known as the first couplet of a nursery rhyme which featured seven churches close to the City of London.  The bells of St Clement Danes ring out the tune every day. The Danes built a church at Aldwych, hence the name of the later church which ...
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‘March in February’ 2018

The Strand has been home to innumerable protests over the years, with the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, led by Wat Tyler, creating perhaps the most enduring folk memory. Strandlines could encompass the Stop the War march of 2003 which was variously estimated to be between one and three million people, still the largest political demonstration in recent times. The Universities and ...
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A Canadian girl on her way to work on the Strand

In Street Haunting, Virginia Woolf describes the streets of London as having “buses strung on a chain. People fight and struggle. Knocking each other off the pavement.” On all my visits to London riding the tube in the morning to visit one art gallery or another, I would look longingly at the stylish women in their smart jackets and heels, ...
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‘I’d Rather Be an American Girl at the Savoy Hotel…’ — sponsored content, early-20th Century style

Sponsored content might sound like a development of the internet age, but far from it. On television and in the print media, companies have been managing their brands, shaping their public images and enticing consumers this way for years. Often called advertorials, these pieces blurred the lines between advertising or entertainment and objective journalism. They were a means of publicizing ...
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Léo Caillard dresses Bush House statues for The Classical Now

Paris-based artist Léo Caillard, known for styling classical statues in contemporary attire, has dressed the two figures above the grand travertine marble entrance to Bush House as hipsters. Made by American artist Malvina Hoffman in 1925 to symbolise the friendship between Britain and America, the statues were each hewn from a 20-ton piece of stone. Caillard has labelled the performance To ...
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‘that Strand which is lost as Atlantis’: Arthur Machen’s memories of the Strand

Portrait of Machen in period costume (image via the Harry Ransom centre) Mystic, theatre critic, teller of weird tales and tramper of London's obscurer byways and thoroughfares, Arthur Machen was also a very fond of the Strand. Available through the Internet Archive courtesy of the University of California libraries, his memoir of the 1870 and 1880s, Far Off Things (Martin & Secker, ...
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