Bob the Builder

Meet Bob… not really a builder, but a Senior Project Manager in charge of major restoration work to historic buildings.

Bob the Builder

Walking historian and Senior Project Manager, Bob, taken near St James’s Palace, London

While I was recently wandering around St James’s Street in London, just near St James’s Palace, I noticed Bob on the other side of the road. He seemed to be taking some interest in what I was doing, so I walked over the road and started talking to him. Turns out he’s a bit of a camera buff and was just watching me make my photographs.

Bob and I got talking and he ended up telling me a little about the nearby area. We were standing in front of Berry Brothers & Rudd Ltd (Wine Merchants) who were established at 3 St James’s Street in 1698. They still occupy the same building and hold two Royal Warrants. They also had a wine shipment on the ill-fated Titanic when she sank in 1912. In fact, they have the original correspondence they received advising of the loss of the Titanic and their shipment, on display in the store. Right next to Berry Brothers is Pickering Place, which leads to London’s smallest public square. Bob told me the eastern wall of Pickering Place is said to have originally been a part of one of Henry VIII’s tennis courts.

Bob was a font of knowledge and happy to share. I could have spent much longer talking with him, but I needed to move on and make more photographs.

Thanks for the history lesson Bob!

Pickering Place

Pickering Place, London, adjacent to Berry Brothers & Rudd Ltd (Wine Merchants)

RMS Titanic telegram

Original correspondence received by Berry Brothers & Rudd Ltd (Wine Merchants) advising them of the sinking of RMS Titanic and the loss of their wine shipment

About Ken

Photography is about vision; I love making photographs that tell a location’s story – the place, the people and the culture. I'm a photographer with a relaxed approach. I'm an experienced traveller and love teaching others about photography. Images can be made anywhere - right in your back yard or in exotic overseas locations. I can teach you not only to look at your surroundings, but also to really "see" what's there. Photography is more than just pressing a button. It's also about vision. Let me show you how to explore your world.
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3 Responses to Bob the Builder

  1. alifemoment says:

    Love the title, I’m going to you-tube for listening that song again!! 🙂

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