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.'. London's Coal holes .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 30th August 2011 in london-history | coalholes, victorian
On the pavements outside well-off Victorian houses you often find theses round metal shapes - they are covering holes, trought which Victorian households had their coal delivered.Victorian families in this area burnt coal in fires to heat their houses and ovens (it was before central heating!). Rather than dragging dirty coal sacks through people's homes, the coalmen used to drop it from their horse-drawn carts through this hatch straight into the cellar.Scullery maids would the move the coal from the cellar to the fires and clean the house of all the dust created by burning coal (a very hard job!)The hatch is typically about 12 to 14 inches (30 to 35 ...

Pavement Poetry - final part

Posted by danielemiddleton on 3rd January 2012 in coal-holes |
" This district once boasted a race-course & it retains something of the dashing, classless. devil-may-care, yes, racy sense of the turf." (Hugh Thomas - 2004) Here ends the hunting of the Pavement Poetry. I recommend going to their site, downloading the map and going for a walk. After all, a walk in Notting Hill is just as lovely as the poetry they stamp into our pavements. Also lets not forget of all the other coal holes, they are part of London, all those coal holes that look up on us, visitors of other centuries... Found @ Portland Road near to the Cross Shop...

Doughty Street

Posted by danielemiddleton on 30th December 2011 in coal-holes |
Just opposite "Charles Dickens House Museum" I found this coal hole. New for my collection: trade mark - C.WHITLEY - Kings Cross. Also must say that at this street you can find so many coal holes that can give a super bust to your collection as well. And let's not forget the many other features that this street have (mosaics, iron works and the lovely boot scrappers). Worthy a walk around....


Posted by danielemiddleton on 4th January 2012 in coal-holes |
This coal plate is not just another lump of metal. None of the coal holes are. Look closely and you’ll find some similarity to the Order of the Garter star (in my crazy mind at least). Every foundry had its own design, often containing intricate geometric patterns. So London might not be paved with gold, but it’s got some beautiful cast iron. CLAPHAM & CAMBERWELL - Economy. Efficiency. Durability Found @ Alexander Square....

Tuesday 19 February 1884

Posted by danielemiddleton on 7th January 2012 in coal-holes |
From the The Horsham Times ALL NIGHT IN A COAL HOLE--- The Late. Rev. Dr Wrightman, of Kirkmahoe, one night, sitting later than usual sunk in the profoundities of a great folio tome, imagined he heard a sound in the kitchen inconsis tent with the quietude and security of the manse, so taking his candle, he pro ceeded to investigate the cause. His foot being heard in the lobby, the house keeper began with all earnestness to, cover the fire, as if preparing for bed. "Ye're late up to-night Mary." I'a. jnit rakin' the fire, sir; and gaun ts bed." That's right, Mary; I like ti-meoes hours. On his way back to the study he passed the coal closet, and turning the key...

Knock Knock

Posted by danielemiddleton on 11th January 2012 in coal-holes |
Knock-Knock. Who's there? Coal. Coal who? Coal me if you hear anyone coming!!!! I really don't have a reason to torture people, but knock knock jokes are my favorite. After heard this one during Xmas I had to put it up. And the photo I took at Maunsel Street SW1, it does the justice. Found @ Maunsel Street SW1 - The style is the same one used by DUREY, so I figure is the same!!!...
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