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Exeter ‘Change

Originally submitted by Chris Kenyon Jones A shopping mall - with a zoo upstairs - once occupied what is now the site of the Strand Palace Hotel. The Exeter Exchange (or ‘Exeter ’Change’) was originally built in the late 17th century to house a collection of small shops at ground level. From the 1770s to the 1820s it became famous ...
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The ebb and flow of the Strand

Submitted by David Green The Strand means the same in English as it does in various other languages – Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, German – even Old Norse and Old English. It’s a place where land and water meet; where things run aground, where things are ‘stranded’ - left when the waters recede. This is true in two senses of the ...
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Count Peter and the Savoy

This week has seen the return to the Strand of a very important figure: Count Peter of Savoy. He’s the gilded figure on the pediment entrance to the Savoy Hotel who looks like a Wagnerian extra on the run. Now resplendently restored and polished, he looks alarmingly like Darth Vader. But it’s good to see him back, after many months ...
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Scaffolding

Scaffolding
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'Like a festering wound covered by cloth': cleaning, cutting and curing the Strand

Today I stumbled across a strand story written by E. Beresford Chancellor in 1927. It is from his 'Introduction' to Disappearing London (ed. Geoffrey Holme, London: The Studio Limited, 44, Leicester Square). '[T]here is beginning to spring up a generation which remembers, but cannot for the life of it recall, the Strand and its northern purlieus as they were before the ...
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