Sunday, December 8, 2013

London Mews as they were

The lane-ways were crowded, noisy and odiferous. 
Unimaginable in today's highly valued peaceful inner 
London oases.

Parking was difficult even 150 years ago.

 Note the basic architectural configuration of a typical
 stable as it was evolving into squalid living quarters.
The large second floor opening was a hayloft door.

An original stable door is being replaced with an
overhead garage door. Note the irregular brick
work around the windows and the new door. This
is why many mews stables were painted - to hide
the deep scars of difficult past lives lived.

(reference: - The Mews of London by Barbara Rosen and Wolfgang Zuckermann, 1982)

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