Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Old London

Ever wonder what it would be like to take a stroll through old London?

A team of students from a university in Leicester have created a wonderful, detailed, 3D animation of the streets of London before the Great Fire of 1666, based on an original map of the area around Pudding Lane (which is where the fire started, by the way). This is 150 years before the Regency period, but there were lots of parts of London--namely the older, poorer parts--that still looked like this in Sebastian's time. So come with me, back in time...



For more about the production, see  http://puddinglanedmuga.blogspot.co.uk/.

Huckleberry update: One of the last of numerous tests our vet ran actually uncovered what was wrong with my baby. He's now undergoing a brutal three week antibiotic treatment, which on top of seventeen days of fever is taking its toll. But he's still hanging in there, and we're hopeful he's going to make it.

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Helena said...

Thank you for posting this link. I hadn't heard of this, and found it fascinating. As you say, parts of London stayed like this - I was very struck by the claustrophobic feeling, with all the buildings so close together and larger on the upper stories, and at times that atmosphere is a feature of Sebastian's London.

I hope Huckleberry holds up and gets better soon.

Anonymous said...

I love it. I wish it would go a little slower, so a viewer can take in the detail better. Seeing it gives you so much more appreciaton of what it was like. Really brings your written words to life in my mind. I'm still thinking positive thoughts for Huck and yourself!!! He'll pull through, I just know it. Get some much needed rest. Happy Halloween!!! Sabena

Liz said...

Wow, I love it! (And so does my history major son.) I perform music from this period, and it would have been great if the creators had added period music to go with the tour.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm glad they finally know what's wrong with huck.

cs harris said...

Helena, the first time I saw it, I thought, "What pretty buildings." The second time, my reaction was the same as yours--how claustrophobic it must have been.

Sabena, yes, I, too, wanted to slow down. The blog of the students who made it is interesting if you get the chance to look at it. And I'll tell Huck you're rooting for him.

Liz, did the music not play? It sounds a bit like Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. I used to love going to Renaissance and Medieval concerts in the old gothic churches when I lived in Paris. I've always wished I had musical talent.

Charles, yes, hopefully we can knock it. It explains why he always gets so deathly ill whenever he comes down with something.

LOgalinOR said...

Candice,
Thanks for the fascinating glimpse into Sebastian's London. The short, fast-paced film exemplifies the narrow cobblestone streets and buildings built right next to each other, as well as getting larger with the upper stories. Space was not 'wasted' and in today's times, seems claustrophobic, indeed. Wishing all the best to your tenacious Huck. Is he still eating on his own (good sign)? Are you giving him a liquid antibiotic or capsule/tablet (brutal for him, or brutal for you and him, as in trying to get it in him)? Thankfully, it sounds like Huck has some more 'lives' left in him.

lmhess said...

What an absolutely terrific piecce of work! These people are very gifted - the whole atmosphere of closeness, winding and secluded lanes, allyways, etc. - is right there. Thanks for sharing. One of my impressions from your books is that sense of claustrophobia of early London - you can almost smell the filth and see the smog while reading. This video really brings it to life. I'm glad that London is nothing like that today - although those narrow little lanes still exist all over the city. (Can you say "No Parking"?)
Kiss the kitty for me - I'm glad he's on the mend.

Rachel Walsh said...

Amazing! What a terrific site.

And great to hear you've had a diagnosis for Huck. I hope he bounces back real soon.

Anonymous said...

Oh, just had a chance to glance at the blog. Loved seeing all the detailed pictures to get a chance to study them. Made what I had seen in the video much clearer. Will go back and look at it again now, and I'm sure I will "see" and appreciate some of those details much more. Thanks again for posting. Such fun to see and ponder. Sabena

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Totally amazing artistry! The amount and quality of work is stunning. I think I'm speechless - but I can send best wishes to Huck ;0 thank you for this great post.

cs harris said...

LOgalinOR, he is eating and drinking, although still not eating as much as I'd like. But he's strong enough that squirting liquid antibiotic down his throat twice a day is not fun!

Imhess, yes, this really reminds one that this was a city built for walking, not cars.

Rachel, thank you.

Sabena, I can't imagine the time that must have gone into making this.

Barbara, thank you. I'll just be sooo glad when we're through with the antibiotic. Just learned today that they want him on it a total of FOUR weeks.

Liz said...

The music played, but it's not authentic period music. It sounds like computer game music, unfortunately, so it detracts (for me, at least), from the awesomeness of everything else.

JustWingingIt said...

Love the link! So cool to see.

Cats and medicines do not a good pair make. You and Huck have my sympathies as well as my best wishes.

Anonymous said...

c- thank you sending that link - it was very interesting and the second time I tried to imagine what it would be like to live in such a world. I think some things would be nice. lack of technology for one - the slower pace. but poor Huck would not be with us still under those conditions so I guess we really are better off. he must be a real trooper. not sure I would be so brave. good luck to you both!
ali

paz said...

Great to hear Huck is on the mend!I know antibiotics are a drag, but with some good pampering, he will do just find.

Thank you for the link! My kids absolutely loved it, and it led to a wonderful afternoon spent looking at pictures from trips to London, looking to see if we could find any of these buildings. (I really couldn't tell, but they claimed to have found quite a few).

I was also struck by how top heavy the buildings were. I found myself thinking "Wow, its Tudor all around!" because so much of the architecture was so similar. I could just imagine it teeming with people... I know some might find it claustrophobic, but wouldn't it have been fascinating to wander about even if for just a short visit?

cs harris said...

Liz, when I listened to it again, I understood what you meant. I guess they're computer geeks and not musicians. It is a pity.

JustWingingIt, I have to admit he's been unusually accepting, perhaps because he's still not feeling well.

Ali, I find the buildings so much more attractive then what we have today. But I suspect the smell would have been awful! And then the superstition and ignorance would have been scary. But the buildings are charming.

Paz, I think most of that area burned in the Great Fire, but it probably didn't get it all. My parents used to have a house in a Spanish village that was much like that (although built of stone) with narrow passages and overhanging second stories. I loved it.

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