Even in the short time that I have been taking photos of Marylebone, the streetscape has changed.
Don’t go looking for wine at Nicolas on Marylebone High Street this week. Instead of Nicolas, we have sportswear by Sweaty Betty. This was the changeover in March 2015.
Instead of coffee from Starbucks on Marylebone High Street we can now buy clothes from Zadig & Voltaire. I took this image one year ago, just before the painters arrived.
Starbucks wrapped itself round a corner from the High Street into St Vincent Street. The old name for that street is still visible in the faded sign in the photo – Little Barlow Street. The name was changed sometime after 1938 when St Vincent’s school and orphanage moved into premises there. St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School is still there; in fact it’s my polling station for the General Election on Thursday.
Here are some more recent changes. The Giraffe restaurant has left Blandford Street; we are waiting hungrily for the Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Cafe.
Weymouth Street is going through a phase….the Phase Eight clothes shop has disappeared.
Divertimenti Cookshop has moved north and west across Marylebone High Street, making room for Anthropologie. J. Crew clothes have taken over the HSBC bank branch. Greens Newsagent has gone, replaced by Caroline Gardner, which thankfully still sells birthday cards. Carphone Warehouse has become a Maje clothes shop.
Our High Street is generally in good shape. Sometimes locals and visitors have different needs, but who won’t be pleased to see a Belgian chocolate shop?
I don’t have anything deep to say about this, just that I’m pleased (a) that I have these images, and (b) that phones and digital cameras record the date of their photos. Looking at them this week encourages me to go out and take more photos of what is around me right now. Who knows how quickly it will change?