Endangered 13

Endangered 13

On Sunday 10 April, 13 artists took on a 120 metre stretch of railway arches in Tower Hamlets, creating a project called Endangered 13.   The project, organised by Human Nature and Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery, aiming to raise awareness of endangered species. This is emphasised by the line written above some...

We Knit Waterloo

Brightening up the trees in Emma Cons Gardens in Waterloo are the knitted wares of 'We Knit Waterloo', a project designed to link the historic streets of Lower Marsh and The Cut. The Cut, or 'New Cut' as it was called in 1849, was the commercial heart...

The People's Palace

The People’s Palace

Even a determined Londoner can often be guilty of not visiting the great landmarks on our doorstep (if 'doorstep' as a loose term for zones 1-6). So it was with this slight burden of guilt that last week I decided I needed to make the trip to Alexandra Palace...

The Clink Bollards

The Liberty of the Clink was an area of London which was exempt for The City's jurisdiction, meaning it was fertile ground for prostitution, animal baiting and *gasp* theatre.   Taking a closer look at the bollards in the Southwark area, you might spot the words; 'CLINK...

Haggerston Baths

Walking down Whiston Street today, it's largely the typical London juxtaposition of council, ex-council and flashy new-build housing. However one building, a grand public site that's now boarded off, caught my eye. [caption id="attachment_54492" align="aligncenter" width="768"] The building is topped with a gilded weathervane depicting the Gold...

Railway Tavern Hackney Central

Railway Tavern, Hackney Central

Looking up at 339 Mare Street, you'll spot a friendly looking sign of a train engine above an incongruous Paddy Power shop. Originally established as the Eight Bells in 1665, there's a surviving picture from 1873: [caption id="attachment_54481" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Eight Bells, 1873 (picture from pubshistory.com...

Japanning Harding & Sons

Japanning: Harding & Sons

Built in 1891, Harding & Son's were Hardware Merchants (that much is clear from the top panel of the building). Further writing on scrolls, either side of the shield emblazoned with H&S, reveals that they also specialised as 'Wire Workers' and 'Metal Merchants'.     But perhaps more...

Curlicue, William Pye

Curlicue, a steel tubular sculpture by William Pye, was placed here in 1989 by the London Docklands Development Corporation. A 'curlicue' is a decorative curl or twist used in design or calligraphy, but its form here is reminiscent of heavy duty dock machinery, similar to the...