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Way up on the high scaffolding of the new Bankside power station

Way up on the high scaffolding of the new Bankside power station


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Way up on the high scaffolding of the new Bankside power station

Way up on the high scaffolding of the new Bankside power station, which is towering over the tiny house in which Christopher Wren lived, the spider men are building the hugh chimney and station for the new power supply.
Bankside power station opened in 1952 and closed in the late 1980s. The building was later transformed and is now the home of the Tate Modern. Our Picture shows two of the erectors pause in their work to get a light for their pipe and cigarette.
London
St Pauls Cathedral
Construction Workers
Builders
Steel Work
Building Site
Skyline
Smoking
December 1951
© Mirrorpix
LAFRSSMAR05 0803

Freddie Reed
Daily Mirror
London
Greater London
England
WA*2662217

Media ID 21520398

© Mirrorpix

1951 Capital City Great Britain Location Occupations


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This print takes us back to the bustling construction site of the new Bankside power station in London. Towering above Christopher Wren's humble abode, the scaffolding reaches dizzying heights as two fearless "spider men" work diligently on building a colossal chimney and station for the city's future power supply. Captured in December 1951, this snapshot showcases the remarkable transformation of Bankside power station, which would later become home to one of London's most iconic art institutions, the Tate Modern. Amidst their arduous task, these skilled erectors take a momentary break from their laborious duties to indulge in a well-deserved smoke. With pipes and cigarettes lit up against the backdrop of St Paul's Cathedral and an ever-evolving skyline, it is evident that even amidst such demanding work, there is room for camaraderie and relaxation. Freddie Reed skillfully immortalizes this scene through his lens, transporting us back to a bygone era where hardworking builders shaped our urban landscapes with steelwork and determination. As we gaze upon this image today, it serves as a poignant reminder of both progress and history intertwined within London's rich tapestry.

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