Photographer's Note

Details in the achitecture of London, particularly from the height of the Victorian era and earlier, always give me the joy of being transformed into another world. The adventure of the seas, the great trade routes, the city life and culture of London - scenes and events witnessed by famous authors (Shakespeare, Dickens, etc) are connected in the buildings and some of the street patterns. While most of London burned down in the year 1666, many residential buildings from the 1800s onward still stand the same as they were when they were built (from the outside).

In this picture we see entrances to town homes. On the edges of town, these homes have been divided into half a dozen or more flats (apartments). An easy give away to how many households are in side, simply count the number of doorbells.

Each of these entrances lead to a town house worth about 4M (about US $7.5M) and none have been subdivided. If it were divided, rent for each one or two bed room apartment would be about 1,500 per month.

Many properties are owned by the same families, one of the biggest holders being the Crown Estate (royal family); however, it is not always the owner making all the money from rents. Lifetime leases and rental contracts which have been kept by generations of families for 300 years have some places going for 10 a week and then being subrented out for 5000! Just a few years ago it was decided that "lifetime" would be limited to 1000 years and many of these will expire around the year 3000. (If you want to know more about this, I believe the book Secret London covers this in more detail)

(this picture was taken for a repeating patterns entry in the TrekEarth Summer '04 scavenger hunt)

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