Lost Fitzrovia: The Gort Estate and Tottenham Court Road

Continentale Cinema.
Continentale Cinema on Tottenham Court Road.

Exhibition: 10am to 4pm, Saturday 22 June, and Sunday 23 June; and additional times of: 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Monday 24 June, and 5.30pm to 6.30pm Tuesday 25 JuneEntry: Free.

Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX.

A few yards off one of London’s busiest roads was a warren of workshops, storage units and people’s homes. This was The Gort Estate which was demolished in the mid-1970s to make way for what is today called Central Cross. 

In this exhibition of photographs — never publicly seen before — a stretch of Tottenham Court Road and the streets to the west of it, now long demolished, is brought back to life; showing the variety of styles of architecture from Geogian, through Victorian, Edwardian, art deco, as well as a hotch-potch of post-WW2 and 1960s refurbishments at ground floor level.

Amongst the buildings were the remnants of the furniture trade, electrical shops and, in a basement below a cinema, the UFO club where Pink Floyd played.

This event is part of the Fitzrovia Festival 2013.