Jessie Dissmorr: modernist artist and poet

By Jess Owen Jesssie Dismorr was an artist and painter whose work appeared in the Vorticist Blast of July 1915. She was born at Gravesend in March 1885. Her family moved to Hamptead in the 1890's. She studied at the Slade, and then at the Parisian Academie de Palette. Her illustrations appeared in the influential …

Fitzrovia – Author thrills walkers with tales of characters

By Linus Rees Mike Pentelow, co-author of Characters of Fitzrovia, drew a crowd to his walk and talk about people who have lived in Fitzrovia. The walkers were taken to places where Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and Adolf Hitler's half-brother lived; and where scenes from the TV series Minder and the film Peeping Tom were …

Fitzrovia – Disorderly behaviour in Fitzroy Market

By Jess Owen Alighting from a northbound bus, in Tottenham Court Road, by Warren Street, travellers returning home are regularly obliged to take shelter from the beautiful English weather. Most convenient for this purpose, is a passage, leading nowhere in particular, under Fitzroy Court. Although seemingly recent in origin, it traces the path of a …

Fitzrovia – History is being sacrificed for profit

Summer, and the buds of spring will grow into the fruit of autumn. A harvest of capital is being planned, and the cash apple expected to drop from the tree is the old workhouse in Cleveland Street. A planning application is being submitted, to build a large housing development. And before building, they have to …

Fitzrovia – Olive Leonard is making a world of difference

Olive Leonard has been interviewing older people in Fitzrovia for a history project. "The best bit of the job is hearing people’s life stories. Its been a good reminder that a skilled interviewer needs to remain impartial in response to any strong views made by interviewees. My job is to interview people and try not …