Birds-eye view of the Social London, 1914
An aerial view of the two prestigious, social areas of London - Mayfair and Belgravia. In the foreground is Belgravia with its eastern frontier running down from Grosvenor Place and fronting the wall of the Buckingham Palace garden. Its western boundary is held to be Sloane Street. A number of the chief residences are shown including the homes of the Dukes of Richmond & Gordon, Bedford and the Earl of Albermarle in the Belgrave Square area. The frontiers of Mayfair are defined as Park Lane to the west and Piccadillly to the south and the map shows some of the famous mansions of the area including Londonderry House, Dudley House, Grosvenor House, Dorchester House and Devonshire House. Buckingham Palace can be seen bottom right. Date: 1914
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Sir William Farren, RAeS President 1953-1954, left, with?
Sir William Farren, RAeS President 1953-1954, left, with Marshal of the Royal Air Force, The Viscount Trenchard, at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on 17 December 1953 at a Dinner honouring the 50th anniversary of the first powered controlled flights by the Wright brothers. The dinner was given by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Aero Club
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Fiddler in Thomas Hardy Drama Festival, Dorchester
At the Thomas Hardy Drama Festival in Dorchester, Dorset, Henry Bailey, the old fiddler, played the College Hornpipe in the play The Three Wayfarers. He was 75 years of age and one of the last of the old fiddlers who used to travel from one village to another playing at fairs and merrymakings. The famous old Corn Exchange saw the fourth production of a Hardy play acted by Thomas Hardys fellow townsmen, dramatised by the novelist himself. It was reported at the time that the men who were to play in The Three Wayfarers and The Distracted Preacher stood at their shop doors all afternoon, with fitful glances every now and then at The Corn Exchange clock, as if impatient for it to point to the hour of the dress rehearsal. The old Kings Head Hotel, which features in The Mayor of Casterbridge, had for days been filling up with visitors.
© Mary Evans Picture Library/The Pete Frost Collection