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The entrance to Carnaby Street from Great Marlborough Street 1968
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Adrian  Ah the urinals! So useful

2014-10-07-00:39:20

Jon  On the left was a branch of "Village Gate" (Take 6) clothes. In 1970 I bought there a royal blue velvet suit, with wide lapels and bell bottoms. To compliment the effect I bought a blue flowered shirt and blue velvet bow tie. As far as Adrian's comment re the Gents' we shall say nought!!

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Carnaby Street looking towards The Grapes 1970
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5-7 Carnaby Street 1957
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11 Carnaby Street 1966 - Cranks number 2
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Jeff Dexter  Ganton Street, odd numbers were once on the south side

2015-11-08-16:06:22

Adrian  Quite incomprehensible remark Jeff as this is 11 Carnaby Street - there's no mention of Ganton Street anywhere.

2015-11-08-17:37:28

Jeff Dexter  Cranks 2, 10 Ganton Street, if that's 'incomprehensible' as you say "there's mention of it anywhere", well here's a confirmation mention of it right here. Carnaby Street Cranks, their 1st store was 22 Carnaby Street, affirmative!

2015-11-13-12:18:02

Jeff Dexter  Correction
""there's no mention of it anywhere"!

2015-11-13-12:20:40

Adrian  No mention here of Ganton Street Jeff. Cranks 2 was also in Carnaby Street - I couldn't understand why you started your comments by explaining the numbering of houses on Ganton Street - that's all. The Great Frog is currently at 10 Ganton Street and you will see that the building looks nothing like this - because this is Carnaby Street and not Ganton Streeet. Phew!

2015-11-13-12:58:12

Jeff Dexter  Cranks listings in London directories:1961-1968.

1963: 22 Carnaby Street (next door to Donis)
1964, ditto and also 10 Ganton Street, Provisions Store: 24 Carnaby Street.
1968, William Blake House, Marshall Street. Bakery: 17 Newburgh Street.
Granary: 37 Marshall Street.

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19 Carnaby Street 1960 - Electricity station
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19 Carnaby Street 1967
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22 Carnaby Street 1971 - Donis
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23 Carnaby Street 1968 April
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Pasquale Marioni  is this Paul Jones of Manfred Mann

2015-11-13-12:32:16

Adrian  I don't think it's anyone famous at all. I certainly don't recognise the face. Not Paul Jones anyway.

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24 Carnaby Street 1971 September
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25 Carnaby Street 1966
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Lee Knight  Loved this street busker, used to see him all over London, great fun.

2016-11-30-13:05:04

Lee Knight  Loved this street busker.

2016-11-30-13:05:45

Jeff Dexter  Alistair MacDonald, who was also known as Captain Tap or Earl of Mustard Born in Glasgow in 1911, under the name of George Pirie, he took the name of MacDonald as his stage name, and said he had spent his life travelling the country as an entertainer.

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25 Carnaby Street 1967 - Mates
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25 Carnaby Street 1968
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28a Carnaby Street 1968
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29 Carnaby Street 1966 May
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29 Carnaby Street 1968
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29 Carnaby Street 1974 August
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The Yardbirds in the street outside 31 Carnaby Street 1960's
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Adrian  This must be very early - 1965 perhaps?

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Pasquale Marioni  I remember the day this was taken, although not the exact day of the week, had been swimming at Marshall Street, YB were one of "my bands" and they caused a right impromptu kerfuffle there, Kingly Street i think with Fouberts Place on the right unless my memory deceives. Seems all so static but the buzz was amazing......happy days

2014-11-03-07:59:53

Jeff Dexter  Outside 29 Great Marlborough Street, The Shakespeares Head, with John Stephen in the foreground to the right

2015-11-08-18:57:18

Adrian  Yes, the pub is at 29 Great Marlborough Street but the florist on the corner had address 32 Carnaby Street and the facing corner of Foubert's Place no 31

2015-11-08-19:06:19

Vibi / Vibeke  And isn't it Jeff Beck in the middle of this photo?

2015-11-08-19:35:15

charles  for sure vor 1966 Adrian .... Aristos Constantinou opened his Aristos boutique on Carnaby Street in 1966 ((LTD UNIVERSAL ... shop on the left anside)

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charles  for sure vor 1966 Adrian ::::Aristos Constantinou opened his Aristos FOR boutique on Carnaby Street in 1966 (LTD UNIVERSAL...shop on the left anside)

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simonc1952  Rick Parfitt second from left (Status Quo)... Quo's old bass player far right...

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simonc1952  Rick Parfitt second from left (Status Quo)... Quo bass player far right.

2015-07-21-11:26:40

Jeff Dexter  They were called 'The Loot', a PR stunt set up by Bill Harry on Fouberts Place!

2015-11-08-18:52:35

Vibi / Vibeke  I'm quite convinced that the guy on the right is Ian Matthews, who worked in Carnaby St at that time. He was in Ravel Shoes in Carnaby St before The Pyramid and The Fairport Convention.

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33 Carnaby Street 1966 May
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33-34 Carnaby Street 1968
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37 Carnaby Street 1962
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37 Carnaby Street - Morrell's Stores from Lowndes Court
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39 Carnaby Street 1968
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40-41 Carnaby Street 1965 a
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41 Carnaby Street 1968
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41-43 Carnaby Street 1965
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41-43 Carnaby Street 1966
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jon f  1966/7 plate

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43 Carnaby Street 1967 July
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43 Carnaby Street 1967
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43 Carnaby Street 1968 - Global Tours brochure(1)
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Adrian  For Vibi and Steve who can be seen chatting in front of the polka-dots. Thanks for the photo Vibi.

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Vibi / Vibeke  Thank you, Adrian. My skirts are not that short today!
I'm happy that the GlobalTours brochure, Le Kilt Soir, photos and a lot of other stuff "survived" almost 50 years.

2015-02-12-14:43:40

Adrian  A better picture of Vibi and Steve courtsey of "Polo le Belge"

2015-02-12-15:19:36

Vibi / Vibeke  Thank you, Adrian. My skirts are not that short today!
I'm happy that the GlobalTours brochure, Le Kilt Soir, photos and a lot of other stuff "survived" almost 50 years.

2015-02-13-09:32:10

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43 Carnaby Street 1968 a
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jon f  1965/6 Triumph Herald Convertible. I had the Vitesse Model in1970

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43 Carnaby Street 1968
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43 Carnaby Street 1973
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Steve Knight  This was the corner where Vibeke and I had our photo taken in 1966/7 for inclusion in a travel brochure. I also used to swim regularly at Marshall Street baths in 1965/6 - good memories but probably painting and shellfishing on Cape Cod Massachusetts is more in tune with my present stage in life!

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43 December Carnaby Street 1965
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43-45 Carnaby Street 1960's
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43-45 Carnaby Street 1967 March
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Sarah  nice pic

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Adrian  is indeed

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44 Carnaby Street 1973 October
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charles  great pictures adrian, they bring back great memories .. carnaby street is part of my life....

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Brian  Loved every minute of working the Soho area 1965-71. The most exciting and interesting time. I wish I could go back to the fab sixties!

2014-07-08-19:29:40

Paul Marioni  How very true! Seismic changes in all aspects of life. Worked around Soho 1962 to 1971 and experienced all the best of the sixties...

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Lorraine michelle  What is she doing - pinching the sign?

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Jeff Dexter  21 Carnaby Street

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45 Carnaby Street 1966 - Ravel 1966
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June Hurst  Corner of Ganton Street and a few shops up from The Carnaby Cavern where Colin Wild and his tailor Michael made clothes for Pop Stars on Top of the Pops.

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46 Carnaby Street 1968
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46-47 Carnaby Street 1966 February
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46-48 Carnaby Street 1964 May 19
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57 Carnaby Street 1969 September
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Carnaby Street 1966
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Carnaby Street 1967 - Christmas
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Lowndes Court 1966 - La Carretta Christine Sadali Nude Waitress
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jon f  wonder what the law of gravity has done with those headlights from 50 years ago?

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Lowndes Court 1966 - La Carretta notes
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15 Foubert's Place - Lord Kitchener
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Robert Orbach  This is Kings road Chelsea not Carnaby Street. I was the director of I Was Lord Kitcheners Valet the shop opposite the Markham Arms pub where this photo was taken.

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Adrian  My god you're absolutely right Robert, thank you. And if further proof were needed, which it isn't of course, the shop we can see is called I was Lord Kitchere's Thing - and that was only the King's Road branch! Picture will be re-classified - thanks again Robert for pointing this out.

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Philippe ETIENNE  I used to give invitation cards away for "Le Bataclan" on the opposite sidewalk. The main seller (a very kind guy) allowed me to stay for a while in the shop when cops where walking around . Moreover, he was sliding my cards in his customers' packs.45 years after, I remember him,and once more I thank him a lot.

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JR  I have seen this picture credited as being the Carnaby Cavern, Danny Benjamin's shop on Ganton Street. The guy second from left is Colin Wild, Danny's eccentric business parter.

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June Hurst  Yes, this shows Colin Wild, second from left, the owner of The Carnaby Cavern outside the shop on Ganton Street. His yellow shirt with frills down the front was the "must have" on Top of The Pops during 1969, so I would take a guess that this was taken about that time.

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June Hurst  On reflection, the shirts were all rage with the pop groups in the summer of 1968 not 1969.

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Adrian  Well June when we opened La Poubelle Mark III we had really embaressingly twee uniforms in Royal Stewart tartan - trousers and waistcoats - and those shirts! White but some kind of disgusting synthetic that smelled bad! That was in 1968

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June Hurst   Ha ha. So Colin must have got the idea from those old shirts you found! Explains a lot

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This street takes its name from Karnaby House, a large building on the east side of the street, erected in 1683 by Richard Tyler, the bricklayer responsible for the development of the eastern moiety of Six Acre Close, and by Pym, one of his associates. It is not known why the house was so called.

The street was probably laid out in 1685 or 1686 and first appears in the ratebooks in 1687. It was almost completely built up by 1690 with small houses, though there were also a number of stable buildings and a riding-house built on the site of the present Pugh's Place. The most conspicuous element among the early inhabitants were the Huguenot residents and more than one house in the street was noted in the ratebooks as being 'filled with french Protestants', who appear to have lived there rate-free.

Later, from 1700 to about 1721, one of the houses in the street was occupied by the girls' charity school which later moved to Boyle Street and is now the Burlington School, Shepherd's Bush.

All these first houses in Carnaby Street (described by Strype in 1720 as 'ordinary') were rebuilt in the 1720's as part of the redevelopment of the Lowndes property which followed the termination of the original building lease to Tyler and the grant of the freehold reversion of all the eastern moiety of Six Acre Close to William Lowndes in March 1722/3. Despite these large improvements Carnaby Street did not become a place of fashionable residence. The eighteenthcentury inhabitants were undistinguished and in the nineteenth century the houses were nearly all in commercial occupation. A considerable amount of rebuilding took place in 18205, after the closure of Carnaby Market, when most of the property which Lord Craven had bought on the east side of the street between Ganton Street and Foubert's Place, was rebuilt by or under the supervision of Thomas Finden.

The south end of the street has now been rebuilt with offices and warehouses in nondescript styles, and the first building of character is on the east side, in the station of the former St. James and Pall Mall Electric Light Company. The southernmost part of this building is the earliest, a curious structure of yellow brick with red dressings, designed in a strange mixture of Victorian Gothic with Baroque details. To the north of Ganton Street on the east side are two much altered houses (Nos. 22 and 23) of early to mid eighteenth-century date, which were evidently not rebuilt after the closure of Carnaby Market; they are both four storeys high and two and three windows wide respectively. The rest of the east side of the street is occupied by two groups of buildings erected as part of the redevelopment of the market in the 1820's. On the west side there are a number of much altered Georgian buildings.

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