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.'. Thurloe Square .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 12th December 2011 in london-history | boot-scrappers, coalholes, iron-bells
I was just thinking the other day that I haven't seen any 'new' bootscrapers for a while; just the same designs repeated over and over. I walk about mentally saying, 'got that one, got that one' (how sad!).But I had to go for an interview at South Kensington and I had some time before it so I went for a walk and I came accross to Thurloe Square, a traditional garden square in South Kensington.There are private communal gardens in the centre of the square for use by the local residents. But what really makes Thurloe Square special is all the old features that you still can see around the houses and you can spott lots of lovely bits of ironwork along the street...

.'. Victoria Square .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 9th August 2011 in london-history | boot-scrappers, street-names, victorian
Between Buckingham Palace Road and Lower Grosvenor Place is this cute place called "Victoria Square".Victoria Square was built in 1839 and named after the new queen. Victoria was only 18 when she became queen and there is a statue in the square (mde in 2007) of her at the start of her reign, wearing typical fashions from the time.Despite recent renovations, Victoria Square includes some Victorias features: Coal holes, tiled doorsteps, boot scraper and cast-iron railings. Originally railings were painted in different colours, but many were painted black following the death of Prince Albert, Victoria's husband in 1861. The houses are typical Victorians layout - th...

.'. John Nash - first work .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 30th November 2011 in london-history | architecture, boot-scrappers, john-nash, mosaics
Born in Lambeth, London, the son of a Welsh millwright, Nash trained with the architect Sir Robert Taylor. He established his own practice in 1777, but his career was initially unsuccessful and short-lived. After inheriting £1000 in 1778 from his uncle Thomas, he invested the money in building his first known independent works, 66-71 Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury (See photos).But the property failed to let and he was declared bankrupt in 1783 and left London. John Nash is responsible for many buildings around London and I am sure that you must have one favorite. He is responsible for the Buckingham Palace, Royal Mews, St James Park, Regent Str...

.'. Standing Still Guard vs Me .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 4th December 2011 in london-history | boot-scrappers, palaces
Horse Guards Parade was formerly the site of the Palace of Whitehall's, where tournaments (including jousting) were held in the time of Henry VIII.But nowdays things are different and I will tell you why.Was a sunny day in London and I decided to go "hunting for bootscrappers" in the area of Whitehall/House Guards. Walking around this amazing place I came across to one very old bootscrapper, but unfortunetly it was behind of one of the House Guards "Guard" and one of those that never moves and never talks and just stand still and have to be super patient because of the amount of tourist that loves taking photos with them, that loves making funny faces to them an...

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....
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