The Royal London Friendly Society Building.
This substantial and rather impressive building dates back to 1902 and was the second to last building to complete the rebuilding of this side of Lichfield Street. It was completely refurbished in 2000 to provide flats on the upper floors. The exterior was also cleaned up, although now it has taken something of a turn for the worse. Part of the name of the original owners of the Royal London Friendly Society Building lives on in the name of the pub on the ground floor this side.
As an aside, apparently one of the ground floor shops was occupied by a tailor, by the name of Snape. Apparently he used to make the stage suits for Norman Wisdom. The main entrance is through the arch which fronts the building – to the left in this photograph. Peering in, you can see the ornate tilework which graces what would have been an entrance way designed to impress.
- Taken: 2 Apr 2020
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
- Focal Length 24mm
- 1/60 sec
- ISO 100