Chiswick High Road, 1982 / 2024

“Fay Sweet dragged me out along Chiswick High Road in 1982 when I just wanted to go to the pub. She took the original photos, insisting that the shop fronts would not be around forever. I returned to the same spots 21 years later in 2024 and even in that short time the difference is striking. I am planning to go out again soon to take 2024 versions.”

- Ian Wylie.


Thank you to Ian Wylie and Fay Sweet.

The man riding the bicycle in picture 6 of the gallery is George White aka Chicken George. George originally lived in Chiswick with his wife and children. He stabbed his wife, and she and the children left the house. When he was unable to pay his rent, George built a pile of his furniture in the garden, at which point he was evicted by the council and began life on the streets - in particular, at the Chiswick Roundabout under the M4 flyover.

Thank you to Terence Dackombe and Claire Morgan.

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3 comments to Chiswick High Road, 1982 / 2024

  • von

    love these…so sad to see the high streets of britain become so homogenised…I much preferred the old look.but then I am a full on retronaut!

  • Francis

    This has taken me back to growing up in Chiswick High Road. I didn’t even know that guy’s name was “Chicken George” but everytime I heard homeless, he’d pop to mind through my childhood. And the Old Heidelberg! Brilliant!

  • James

    Be great to see 2024 photos - I lived in Chiswick in early 2024′s and looks pretty familiar…suppose O could go ont he old google maps…

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