Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ancient High House, Stafford.

Ancient High House, Stafford. 1880s?

The photographer 'Monsieur George' didn't have to go far to photograph this building. It was only a couple of paces away from his studio. Built in 1595, the ground floor of the 'ancient high house' was converted into shops in 1826, as you can see here. These attractive 19th century shop fronts have now been removed to restore the building to its original appearance. See a recent photo here. This makes an interesting case study in the aesthetics of building restoration. How much do we destroy in order to achieve authenticity?

I like the dog in the doorway.

Stafford boys and dog

Stafford boys


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