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London before the Swinging Sixties: Newly-colourised images shows capital’s bustling streets in a bygone era as Charlie Chaplin stands on top of the Savoy, workers shift hay in front of Big Ben and streets are decorated for George V’s silver jubilee

  • Newly colourised images by a London plasterer show the bustle of London’s historical iconic streets
  • Seventy-seven years since the war which shaped Britain, one image shows how society bounced back
  • One image shows pre-WW2 Ludgate Circus decorated for the silver jubilee of King George V in 1935
  • Another shows Charlie Chaplin and his wife Oona standing on top of the Savoy hotel during the 1950’s

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These newly colourised images by a London plasterer show the bustle of London’s iconic streets during the dramatic history of the last century.

Seventy-seven years since the end of the war which shaped Britain, one image shows how society bounced back with comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and his wife Oona.

They were pictured standing on top of the Savoy hotel during the 1950’s while he was on a six-month visit at the time.

Another image shows pre-WW2 Ludgate Circus decorated for the silver jubilee of King George V in 1935.

Charlie Chaplin and wife Oona dressed in black on the roof of the Savoy hotel during the 1950's while he was on a six-month visit at the time featuring Big Ben and London's parliament buildings in the background

Charlie Chaplin and wife Oona dressed in black on the roof of the Savoy hotel during the 1950’s while he was on a six-month visit at the time featuring Big Ben and London’s parliament buildings in the background

A very busy London street starring St  Paul's Cathedral, a Grade I listed building on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London, as local people prepare at Ludgate Circus in 1935 for the silver jubilee of King George V

A very busy London street starring St  Paul’s Cathedral, a Grade I listed building on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London, as local people prepare at Ludgate Circus in 1935 for the silver jubilee of King George V

The picture has St Paul’s Cathedral towering in the background despite the Great Depression’s impact being felt in much of Britain.

These images were colourised by plasterer and locksmith Paul Doherty, 42, from Stratford, London.

Paul said: ‘I love history. I always have, I like the idea of seeing what the photographer at the time of taking the photo would’ve seen through his own lens.’ 

Workmen repairing the street while the public gaze on a traditional open-top bus driving by what we know as the Gielgud Theatre, which was designed by W. G. R. Sprague and opened on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, named after Seymour Hicks, on Shaftesbury Avenue in Westminster in 1920

Workmen repairing the street while the public gaze on a traditional open-top bus driving by what we know as the Gielgud Theatre, which was designed by W. G. R. Sprague and opened on 27 December 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, named after Seymour Hicks, on Shaftesbury Avenue in Westminster in 1920

A pavement artist showing off his work on the embankment in the 1890s in London next to a man wearing a flat cap and a ripped blazer and two little boys in similar outfits. The photograph features one of London's historical sturgeon lamps displaying the face of Neptune on one of an original 19th century lamp located on the Thames

A pavement artist showing off his work on the embankment in the 1890s in London next to a man wearing a flat cap and a ripped blazer and two little boys in similar outfits. The photograph features one of London’s historical sturgeon lamps displaying the face of Neptune on one of an original 19th century lamp located on the Thames 

A lone taxi in the night outside a London theatre showcasing the drama 'Wanted for Murder' starring Irishman Austin Trevor and Alfred Duchton

A lone taxi in the night outside a London theatre showcasing the drama ‘Wanted for Murder’ starring Irishman Austin Trevor and Alfred Duchton

A quiet sunny day in London outside Trafalgar Square starring their iconic bronze lion statues, which were unveiled on January, 31, 1867. The photograph also features an old fashioned truck and many cars in the background

A quiet sunny day in London outside Trafalgar Square starring their iconic bronze lion statues, which were unveiled on January, 31, 1867. The photograph also features an old fashioned truck and many cars in the background

A group of men unloading esparto grass, which was used for making bank notes and textiles, from barges on the banks of the River Thames in London in 1938

A group of men unloading esparto grass, which was used for making bank notes and textiles, from barges on the banks of the River Thames in London in 1938

Looking toward Tower Bridge shortly after it was built under old John Rennie London Bridge between 1886 and 1894

Looking toward Tower Bridge shortly after it was built under old John Rennie London Bridge between 1886 and 1894

A view of people riding carts pulled by horses on Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, City of Westminster, London, early 20th century

A view of people riding carts pulled by horses on Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly Circus, City of Westminster, London, early 20th century

Families walking across a busy street while traditional cars make their way  across the city on a sunny day outside King's Cross station in London

Families walking across a busy street while traditional cars make their way  across the city on a sunny day outside King’s Cross station in London

A Wolfgang Suschitzky photograph of people walking and driving to the shops near Monument Station, London in 1938 which was later printed in 1998

A Wolfgang Suschitzky photograph of people walking and driving to the shops near Monument Station, London in 1938 which was later printed in 1998 

A workman in 1913 with no safety equipment on one of the gantry ways high above Tower Bridge with fellow colleagues working alongside featuring the Tower of London in the background

A workman in 1913 with no safety equipment on one of the gantry ways high above Tower Bridge with fellow colleagues working alongside featuring the Tower of London in the background

‘Some people often have said to me it’s disrespectful to the artist but for me, if they had the choice of colour film I would say nearly all of them would’ve chosen colour over black and white.

‘I believe the photographers would’ve loved to have had the opportunity to see their photographs or work in colour.

‘I love the vibrancy. I feel like in colour we can relate to it, it almost feels more real.

‘I feel adding colour gives it something that’s quite important and that’s realism and more meaning.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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