‘I like to imagine the boy is going to play football on the same pitches I grew up playing on.’
With some archival photography, a good eye for a camera angle and some solid Photoshopping, Redditor Drewsta1987 created these excellent then-and-now images of the Highbury and Newington Green area. Click any image to enlarge it.
Canonbury Tower: ”The tower stands tall and proud in the area, dating back to 1509. Notable residents include Sir Francis Bacon, and Thomas Cromwell.’
‘The most amazing ladder ever. Seriously, just look at that ladder.’
‘This is my favourite. I have been going to this pub for years, and was amazed to find this picture.’
‘This one isn’t as old as the others, obviously, but was the only one I could find. The buildings on the right are the oldest terraced houses in London, dating back to 1658.’
‘It’s amazing to think the trees I have seen every day for 25+ years are only small little things here.’
Upper Street: ‘Horrible Photoshop job on this one, sorry. This is the Hope & Anchor pub in 1913 and modern day. Rackstraws was a huge department store before being destroyed in the war. It no longer exists. The pub however, does.’
‘Highbury Fields again.’
For a further blast from the past, try out interactive Soho then-and-now gallery.