The old, and very much in decline, silk-weaving neighbourhoods characterised many streets in London’s East End at the time represented on Basilica Fields, such as the Huguenot Weaver’s houses seen here in Florida Street, Bethnal Green c1896. The looms were placed upstairs to catch as much daylight as possible through the large windows, while the family lived below. The Basilica Fields project isn’t just about modelling the pre-Grouping railways of East London; it’s about recreating a part of East London life in the late Victorian/Early Edwardian period, and this photo drips with the kind of atmosphere I’m attempting to capture.

Of course today Florida Street looks very different.

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