In pictures: Camden in the Seventies - Roundhouse - Celebrating 50 Years


1970 – 1979

Photographer Jeremy Ross has seen firsthand how Camden and its surroundings have changed across the 1970s and beyond.

Whether it was taking his daughters to concerts or walking in Regents Park, Jeremy carried his camera around with him wherever he went.

His pictures provide a fascinating snapshot of a city evolving – of destruction, construction and the impact of urbanisation.

Jeremy was a member of the sizeable community of squatters who lived in an abandoned house at the time. He would often walk from his squat on Prince of Wales Road up to the Roundhouse and the following images capture a typical journey. This shot shows a view of a railway bridge from Castlehaven Open Space.

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Hawley Road and another railway bridge.

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Looking up towards the Roundhouse from Ferdinand Street, home of Jeremy's favourite antiquarian bookshop.

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'No more evictions' graffiti on a trailer off Prince of Wales Road. "In the early 1970s, Camden was a vibrant squatter scene where it was almost an everyday thing to be squatting. These were the days without double yellow lines and you didnt need to lock your car!"

The trailer belonged to John 'Hoppy' Hopkins, one of the best-known underground figures of 'Swinging London' in the late 1960s and co founder of the London Free School, the influential magazine International Times (IT) and the UFO Club.

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Railway Bridge and Camden Lock

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Roundhouse poster walls in 1975 - Taming of the Shrew and the National Folk and Rock Contest. Jeremy's daughter Jane remembers frequent visits to the Roundhouse during this period - "There was a great food bar, workshops for children, and of course, fantastic concerts. My clearest memory was going to see Elton John and Blood, Sweat and Tears when I was ten years old".

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Sixties graffiti on a board beside the Roundhouse.

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Regents Park Road at the junction with Haverstock Hill. Today this is the site of the Roundhouse's new office building which was erected in 2015.

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A view dramatically contrasting what could have been the fate of Roundhouse's Victorian bricks had the building not found a transcendental purpose in the arts.

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