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Caledonian Road history snaps are a fascinating trip down memory lane

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:04 31 May 2016

An image from Keith Collman's Caledonian Road gallery (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)

An image from Keith Collman's Caledonian Road gallery (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)

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You can take the man out of the Cally...

George Davis is innocent OK: Graffiti like this appeared all over the country after the former dock workers 1974 robbery heist conviction  which was finally overturned in 2011 (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)George Davis is innocent OK: Graffiti like this appeared all over the country after the former dock workers 1974 robbery heist conviction  which was finally overturned in 2011 (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)

Photographer Keith Collman left his house in Frederica Street, off Caledonian Road, more than half a century ago. But the Cally is still where his heart remains.

In the 1970s and ’80s, he would return to his old stomping ground and simply walk up and down the long stretch, taking photos. The results could be extraordinary.

A car is lying on its side in one photo. Another shows an old woman closely inspecting a bin bag full of rubbish. No big deal.

Confusion surrounds an overturned car (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)Confusion surrounds an overturned car (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)

Keith, 67, who now lives in Hemel Hempstead, recently shared his superb gallery on his website.

He said: “The house in which I was born has long been demolished, but my happy memories remain.

“In the ’70s and ’80s, I went back to record some of the places I remembered and enjoyed. I still visit the Cally to this day, but it has changed a lot.”

A woman inspects a bin bag (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)A woman inspects a bin bag (Picture: Keith Collman/keithcollman.com)

Overturned cars and forensic litter inspections aside, he added: “The Cally was just normal. I have such fond memories because I was a kid and there were never any problems.

“Each part of it would have its own community and they would tend to stick to their end of the road. I was in Frederica Street, opposite Pentonville Prison, and we would do all our shopping there.”

A graphic designer by trade, photography has strictly been a hobby for Keith.

Photographer Keith CollmanPhotographer Keith Collman

But even this was a product of the Cally area: “It was ever since I was a youngster. I started when I used to go trainspotting at King’s Cross station.”

To see Keith’s full Cally portfolio, click here to visit his website.


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