Car Crashes, Clerkenwell, 1950s

‘When, as a boy, Colin O’Brien lived with his family in the top floor flat of Victoria Dwellings, Clerkenwell, London, a recurring problem caused all the traffic lights at the junction to turn green at once. Colin leant out of the window with his box brownie camera and took these photographs and other scenes from his window’

- Spitalfields Life

Accident, daytime 1957

Accident in the rain

Accident in the rain, 2

Accident at night, 1959

Clerkenwell Italian parade, 1950s

Trolley buses, 1950s

Firemen at Victoria Dwellings, 1950s

Snow on New Year’s Eve, 1961

Have a Guinness when you’re tired 1

Have a Guinness when you’re tired 2


Colin O’Brien sees his childhood view for the first time in fifty years


Photographs (c)  Colin O’Brien


Thank you to Colin O’Brien, Spitalfields Life and Jimmy Anderson

2 comments to Car Crashes, Clerkenwell, 1950s

  • Y-fighter

    This is one of my old neighbourhoods and it’s lovely to see. Thank you! We have found some old slides from the 60s from clearing out storage – various locations round the world. Will take a look this weekend and let you know more.

  • Chris

    We’d love to see those, Yvette. Hope all good with you.

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