Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Third Avenue, Hove

Ahh, the B14 - 0.27 of one of my favourite bands, the B52s.
Good to see some square glazed panels instead of the usual round ones.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

St James Avenue, Kemptown, Brighton


These lovely covers are from my old stomping ground of the St James Street area of Kemptown. The area has changed a lot for the better (no doubt connected to my departure) but St James Avenue remains one is its most attractive residential streets.

The Clark and Hunt design is one of my favourites and the other one with a surround is a rare original.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

From our roving Hove ambassador, Emma, who appreciates a good manhole as well as a coalhole, comes this:
"Check out these beauties from Denmark. Spotted these whilst over there on a recent trip. The top left and top right are to be found in Europe's oldest theme park in Tivoli. I think my favourite is the bottom centre from one of the main shopping streets in Kobenhavn (that's Copenhagen you know). It's contemporary and really eye catching- if you happen to be looking out for metal utilities covers..."
Thanks, Emma!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Drive, Hove

A fine Every and Newman with 5 previously glazed windows set in a handsome surround in one of the grandest thoroughfares in Hove. What's not to like?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Celebrity coalhole cover #2


This well worn Phoenix cover is in front of 32 Hamilton Road, Brighton. On the front of the house is a plaque commemorating the fact that Eric Gill,  inventor of the Gills sans font, fine sculptor and sexual deviant, was born and lived at the house and would have trod upon the coal hole cover. (Although  Wikipedia says he was born in Steyning).

In the neighbouring Brigden St there were several covers like this and also from Every and Newman.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street, London

This monstrous extravantly glazed Haywards No3 is outside the hotel famous for being the place that Oscar Wilde was arrested. Many thanks to Graham, one of my surfing friends who also likes a good coal hole. The hotel is closed for refurbishment so I hope this is on the list.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Chinese water 'torture'

It's torture that our own utilities don't use some of their millions of £ profit to pay artists to design utility inspection covers.

Our globe-trotting ambassador Lucy recently spotted this water manhole cover in Beijing. The pattern apparently shows the map of the water system.