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.'. Iron's of Illumination .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 10th January 2012 in london-history | coalholes, iron-work
Nothing like walking around London and noticing something you never notice before. It really gives you an air of discovery or even adventure. After all, it is so difficult to see something "NEW" when you look so much. But then I notice that it wasn't really London, but me.I am always walking around and even though I look up and down sometimes one or other object scape my x-ray vision. Not lately though.While at Bedford Row looking for coal holes I notice this lovely iron structures in front of a house. At first it looked like an ornament to put a nice flower pot. But then I thought: It can't be "just" for a flower pot".During the weekend I went to Dean's Yard at...

.'. Queen's Anne Gate .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 24th December 2011 in london-history | carved-wood, iron-bells, iron-work, victorian
Walking around Westminster between Parliament Sq and St. James Park I came across to "Queen's Anne Gate", built during the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain (1702 - 1714). This little "street" has not changed much, the most amazing porches I've seen with handmade carved wood. You also can see old Victorian, iron bells, excellent plaster work, a perfect statue of Queen Anne and of course a street sign that shows you the "old and new".Photos of London by Henry Dixon in the 1870s and 80s shows the square (first photo at my gallery) and apart from the hoardings and the parked cars, the square looks virtually identical to its appearance over 130 years ago....

.'. Water Pump - Boswell St. and Bedford Row .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 5th January 2012 in london-history | iron-work, water-pump
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. (Thomas Fuller - 1732) BOSWELL ST. - At the south of the Queen Square is a cast-iron water pump dated 1840 and crowned by a later lamp with ladder bars; situated in a circular set of cobbles the base with coats of arms of St Andrew and St George and date MDCCCXL.It has a small attached wast e water trough and is surrounded by 3 Portland stone and 1 cast-iron Gothic style bollards. It is one of those good features we see in London and wonder how busy it used to be in its time. Who use it? Did the Victorians Hospitals around were one of the customers? BEDFORD ROW - This beautiful old water pump,...

.'. Cornhill Water Pump .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 9th May 2011 in london-history | iron-work, listed-buildings, secret-london, water-pump
The City of London inside of the square mile has many pumps and wells which have blended in nicely with our modern day buildings. Although they are no longer in use they still have a certain amount of charm and quaintness. Many of these old pumps long ago were a necessity, and large amounts of people I am sure, would have queued along with cattle, to refresh themselves.This water pump standing on Cornhill, was used to water the horses in Victorian times, and was a replacement for the first mechanically pumped public water supply in London. Constructed here in 1582 on the site of an even earlier hand-pump, the mechanism a force pump driven by a water w...

.'. 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...

.'. 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 ...
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