You’re just a tiny cog

  Chris Western was born in 1948, just after the war and raised in Fulham. His parents had both been involved in the Air force during the war, with his Father working as a Pilot and his Mother a WAFF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force). Because of this Chris always felt he wanted to be a …

We didn’t want to be pioneers, we wanted to be parents

Outspoken Socialists Jennie Lazenby was born in 1954, and named after Jennie Lee, a  Labour Politician. Her mother was Gloria Lazenby, who served as as a Labour Councillor for Camden from 1986 until 2002, and as Mayor of Camden in 1996.  We talked to Jennie in the house she inherited from her mother, after she died …

Strippers and the Queen Mother’s birthday

  Central Station is an unassuming pub, down a side street in King’s Cross. After work it welcomes the office-crowd, with its friendly atmosphere and free pool. After dark the blackout blinds come down, and the burlesque cabaret dancers step out. The basement houses a fetish club that Duncan Irvine – co-owner and manager – …

I always felt like I could help people.

Roger ‘Dinger’ Bell began his time as a fireman at the Clerkenwell Fire Station back in 1974. His mother had worked as a nurse, which he says influenced his outlook on life.  ‘I just didn’t like seeing people suffering, I always felt like I could help people’ As one of Londons oldest fire stations, Clerkenwell …

Did I come for a drama course, or to deal with my sexuality?

Jim MacSweeney moved from Ireland to London in 1982 to do a drama course, and found a world that felt 20 years ahead of the place he had left behind. By his own admission, he wonders whether he came for a drama course, or to deal with his sexuality. The move proved to be both …

The lovely Somers Town people

It isn’t Somers Town Father Philip Dyson grew up in the north of England, and moved to Somers Town in 1980. He spent 15 ½ years there, as the Vicar at St Mary’s Church. A community of “old Cockneys” inhabited the Somers Town that Father Philip remembers. There was no development around either of the …

Window boxes and needle exchanges

Sioned Churchill’s first job in King’s Cross was at the Neighbourhood Centre on Argyle Street, where she organised activities for older people. At the time she was struck by the camaraderie and sense of community that she found there. The residents were cheerful, resilient and full of humour, despite the hardship that some of them …

It’s very much an interaction, between the people and the place

Sue McCarthy is a member of the Camden and the Clerkenwell & Islington Tour Guides Associations, with a special interest in Women’s History. Sue helped devise a walking tour around an exhibition on notable women in the King’s Cross area created by the King’s Cross Visitor Centre. In the few hours Sue and I spent …

I’ve always been interested in transport

As Collections Officer at the London Transport Museum, Keith Raeburn helps look after London’s rich and varied transport history. For as long as Keith can remember transport, trains and buses have framed his life. Growing up in West London without a car, family trips were always taken using public transport, leaving Keith with an enduring …