The Women’s Room

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In the 1970s, Beacon House, nestled in Leinster Square, Bayswater, London, functioned as a hostel for young individuals venturing to the city for employment. It offered a haven of safety and security, serving as an ideal launching pad for newcomers to the bustling metropolis. These images spotlight a friendship group of young women residing in the hostel, curated from a broader picture set.

The inspiration for the title stems from a member of the group seen reading “The Women’s Room,” a seminal feminist novel authored by Marilyn French and published in 1977.

“The Women’s Room”. Photos 1979 ©Peter John, All Rights Reserved

Piccadilly Circus

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Piccadilly Circus, London 1980

The steps surrounding the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, beneath the statue of Anteros (popularly known as Eros), Piccadilly often became a focal point for impromptu musical sessions. London, UK.

It was moved to a new location in 1985.

1) Buskers singing and playing a guitar surrounded by groups of young people sitting or standing around. In the background can be seen a red London bus and the London Pavilion theatre showing the Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle mockumentary film.

2) Members of Risca Male Choir (Welsh male voice choir based in Risca, South Wales) performing an impromptu gig.

Photos 1980.

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Fire Esplanade Hotel Penarth Cardiff Wales

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Fire at the Esplanade Hotel Penarth Cardiff, South Wales, UK.

May 29, 1977. Fire sweeps through the iconic Victorian era Esplanade Hotel on the seafront at Penarth.

A large crowd gathered to watch the work of Penarth and Cardiff City fire fighters. South Glamorgan Fire Brigade, South Wales, United Kingdom. (Now amalgamated as South Wales Fire and Rescue Service)

Scanned and prepared from transparencies which had deteriorated a little over the past 45 years.

The Penarth Times has an interesting article regarding this incident on their website. (Link was live May, 2022).

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