Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Duke of York St, London SW1

Once more unto the Smoke and a stroll through the refined streets of St.  James revealed this modern replacement coalhole cover from Durey. What's pleasing about this one is the star design which of course also serves a useful function of reducing  the chances of slipping.

Friday, 13 June 2014

A sad pilgrimage

Up in the sweltering Smoke for a day,  I fulfilled a long standing ambition and went to find the site of the Hayward Brothers foundry in Borough SE1. The foundry churned out thousands of coal hole covers and other streetscape paraphernalia in Victorian days.

Alas,  its site at 187-189 Union Street is now occupied by a modern block of flats and studios and a non-descript car park on the corner. A truly uninspiring and dispiriting development. There aren't even any Hayward coal hole covers in the immediate neighbourhood

The trip wasn't entirely wasted because on Blackfriars Rd I spotted a building with Blackfriars Foundry signs on it and I also had a nose around the wonderful Peabody Estate - a great example of Victorian social housing
which raised my spirits a little.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Palmeira Avenue, Hove

Just when I thought I'd seen all the Hayward's coal hole cover designs in Christendom, I find another one.
Just North of Palmeira Square there is a sprinkling of coal hole covers including a Haywards No 1d featuring 4 circles containing 7 circles.

There is also this  relatively rare Imperial cover.