Launching a model boat in Kensington Gardens

Mr. Montagu Cleeve of Eldon Road, Kensington launches his boat “Solaire” on the Round Pond, Kensington Gardens after 30 years work in May 1959.

The boat is a model of the 999 ton ship of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the 1920’s.

The Round Pond in Kensington Gardens is home of the oldest model yacht club in the country, the Model Yacht Sailing Association.

(These notes were found on rear of a negative sheet found in another box). The link to the obituary may be to an incorrect but identically named individual.





View along the canal

I am not 100% certain where this canal scene is from but am going to guess that the gas works to be seen in the background are the Southall Gas Works just to the west of Southall. This would mean the canal would be the Grand Union Canal.

Looking at aerial imagery I would assume the nearest two storage towers were removed leaving only the notable tower at the back which I believe is still standing.


West London Canal

Helping Out

A slightly uncertain looking policeman helps what appears to be a lost Canadian soldier to find their way around London.


Knowing that many of these photos where taken around Kensington I was trying to work out where this could be. At first I thought the art deco looking building in the background looked a bit like a large hall such as the Olympia Exhibition Centre or perhaps the large Barkers store on High Street Kensington.

Using Google Streetview I looked down from Barkers and saw the building where Marks & Spencer is now found and *think* I found a match.


London New Year Celebration 1958-9

Londoners see in the new year in spectacular fashion beside the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus.

The statue has been boarded up to prevent people climbing onto its fragile limbs, this still happens every year.


Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 21.30.03

It looks like the streets remained open





Some revellers make their way on the front of the Forte Hotel beside the Criterion Theatre. The theatre is still in place.

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 21.29.38