Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past 02

Well, only a day late for Paula’s Thursday’s Special! As the theme is Traces of the Past, this is a subject close to my heart.

Here are some traces of London’s Victorian Industrial past, few of which can be found now. Most of which are abandoned and rotting away, or earmarked for redevelopment. These are from a couple of recent walks in London.


The asbestos removal team are in Millenium Mills (above), and this building will soon be redeveloped as luxury flats – glad I saw it before the old decaying facade was gone forever.

Below is part of the steadily decaying Tate Institute (founded by Sir Henry Tate, for workers at the sugar factory nearby).


The next two images are from London’s East End




Check out Paula’s blog for more here.


  1. This is like a grand trip back in time! 🙂 Good that you have preserved it Sue 👍 it will probably be history soon.

  2. i love living in the country, but, BOY, Sue, when I see your great decaying urban shots I want to move back.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Lynne – really pleased you like them! The last couple I took yesterday, and didn’t think I had done particularly well, so it’s great to get a positive comment 😀

  3. The Tate one is lyrical. You captured the most lovely colors/shading in the East End wall – texture that makes you want to try and touch it. Well done. An artist eye seeing the beauty of reality before others of lesser sight wave it away

  4. My grandfather was a flour grader in a warehouse in South London. But if I recall, Millennium MIlls was a part of Spillers, across the Thames. I am sorry to hear that the facades may be removed,and I hope that they don’t change the look of the building too much.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. It’s definitely going to be interesting.

  6. Especially like the unusual angle for the Tate photo!

  7. very nice and dear to my heart as well..

  8. You were just in time (capturing this and answering the challenge) 🙂 I am drawn to the point of view you used in the second shot. Excellent entry 🙂 Thank you.

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  10. Suzanne

    These are all great shots Sue. The ladt one in particular – the shop as abstract painting.

  11. You do ‘decay’ so well, Sue. Fascinating images.

  12. All interesting and beautiful in their decay. But sad too.

  13. Great series! Like that very much!! 🙂

  14. Its nice to discover things from times past. I do hope they keep that fascade with the Mills written on it, surely??? Very interesting photos Sue 🙂

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