anita strasser



Royal Hill, Greenwich

Royal Hill - book

This little book documents the shops and shopkeepers of Royal Hill, a little street in Greenwich (SE10 London) with independent specialist shops. Admire different kinds of artwork amidst a wonderful array of flowers and plants in The Greenhouse; wait in the phenomenal Christmas queue to buy British meat from Drings; say Hello to Agnes the dog in The Creaky Shed, from where you can buy homemade jams and curds; browse through the books in Maritime Books, the only specialist naval bookshop in London; have your hair cut in the benign and tranquil atmosphere of Sweeney, and then nip downstairs to admire Yukari’s wallpaper designs inspired by Greenwich park. I spent about one year photographing and speaking to local people. All texts were co-edited with participants. This project was a response to the London Villages Project (LVP) organised by London Independent Photography in 2012. The project set out “to provide a photographic record of London now… its multiplicity of communities, its miscellany of histories, its medley of architecture; its boundaries real and imagined; its current creation, its reference to memory” (Levett, 2011). The project was exhibited in 2012 in Greenwich Gallery, on Royal Hill.

The book can be read in Greenwich West Library and Goldsmiths Library and Special Collections. It can also be purchased for 10. Contact me at: anitastrasser@gmail.com