The Mall, London

Unveiled by King George V in 1911, the Queen Victoria Memorial stands in front of Buckingham Palace. The central monument is 25 metres high, made of Carrara marble and commemorates the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Designed by Sir Thomas Brock and conceived by Sir Aston Webb, the memorial includes a figure of ‘Winged Victory’ which is balanced on an orb. ‘Victory’ is missing from the 1960s photograph and one can assume that it was away being maintained.
Image: Clive Lloyd (1960s)
The same view of the Victoria Memorial in February 2022.
Image: © TimeViews Steven Miell (2022)
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Admiralty Arch, The Mall, London

Admiralty arch was designed by Aston Webb and completed in 1912. Webb also designed the Victoria Memorial and the façade of Buckingham Palace. It is called Admiralty Arch because it adjoins the Old Admiralty Building. The building was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria, and has been the official residence of the First Sea Lord (including Lord Mountbatten). It has also been the home of various government offices.
Under the building is a network of tunnels and chambers, including vaults which used to house the government archives and (reputedly) an underground passage connecting it to 10 Downing Street. In 2011, the building was offered for sale for £75 million. It was purchased by a Spanish real estate developer with a 125-year lease. The building is currently being converted into a 100-room hotel, with a number of apartments, and a private members’ club.
Image: Photographer unknown
In February 2022, the building is virtually unchanged (externally) and the statue of Captain James Cook can still be seen just behind the tree – which has grown a great deal in the intervening years.
Image: © Steven Miell (TimeViews)
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