Friday, 10 June 2016

Pentewan Sands...

































Welcome to Pentewan Sands in Cornwall a super beach with a small harbour, village.

Sometimes you have to let the pictures/photographs do the talking and with the sun shining here in the west country I think I'll do just that.

Bollards of London (incorporating Bollards of Britain)...

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Cigar Bollards USA...

Cigar bollards





























Just when you think that you've seen it all with regards to bollards along comes a company with a very simple idea and that is to wrap the security bollards outside of their premises to make them look/appear like the product they sell at 'Tampa Humidor' which is cigars.

These super bollards were spotted and photographed by my good friend Don Gould across the pond on the twitter @msuguydon please note ladies and gents that Don isn't just a dapper bollard spotter but also helps those less well off in society in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. Life is full of ups and downs just like the game of snakes and ladders and who knows what the next day brings to anyone one of us upon this earth.

Back to the Cigar wrapped bollards, a very simple but effective way of brightening up security/safety bollards. I do love how a small part of the wrap is peeling on one of these bollards just like the leaf on a cigar left out of its humidor.

Bollards of London...

PS super #guestbollards Don, thank you. Can't see your car in the window reflection...
Simple idea

Nice finish at base of bollard

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Knitted Bollard...

A knitted bollard...
Welcome to Steyning High Street West Sussex and a wonderful knitted bollard found by @MrHappySW11 on the twitter.

I'm not sure what is topping the knitted bollard off but it looks colourful and interesting. The main body of the bollard appears to be covered in a near harlequin pattern.

Urban knitting/knitters are everywhere and not just in our cities and strike when you least expect.

Bollard of London...

PS a huge thank you to Robin for this wonderful bollard and please do say hello to Bruno your Welsh Terrier.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Welcome to Charlestown Cannon Bollard....


A Cannon bollard






























Welcome to Charlestown harbour and a super cannon bollard just by the quayside. The harbour dates back to the 18th century and supported a once thriving fishing and china clay industry. The harbour is presently owned by Square Sail who don't just manage the harbour but are involved in the TV/Film industry.

Take a look at the bollard (cannon) above notice the flared end (muzzle), look at the circular area on the top which has been filled in. Now take a look at the cannon below and look along the barrel towards the muzzle and you should notice that the end flares outwards just like the bollard (cannon) buried in the quayside.

Charlestown is a grade II listed harbour and the local village all form part of a World Heritage site, if you do happen to visit whilst on your travels/holiday please do take time to visit the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre it's where I found this super cannon outside the front entrance.


A Cannon






























Bollards of London (Charlestown)...



Monday, 18 April 2016

Welcome to Bollard News...

Welcome to a new Monday feature on the blog, Bollard News where I'll round up some of the interesting articles that happen to be appearing on the World Wide Web via Google.

Bollard News 18.4.2016...

First story we'll take a look at a story that appeared in the Metro Newspaper on the 12.4.2016 and just shows the length a council will go to to stop people driving across a grass verge. For full story just click on the link below.

'Council install concrete bollards to stop family using own drive'

Second story is from the website i.stuff.co.nz and relates to Australia's terror guidelines. Terrorism is global and anything that can be done to mitigate certain types of attacks using bollards/street furniture must be a good thing.

'Australia's terror guidelines urge blast mitigation measures in public areas'

Final story this week is simple and the news after a long break and huge change in my life I decided to bring the blog back out of exile/retirement. Can I thank you all for the hits, messages and photographs of bollards that have already started coming in.

Bollards of London...

A Regents Park Crown Estate Bollard...



Thursday, 14 April 2016

Trinidad Cuba Cannon Bollard...

Cannon Bollard Trinidad Cuba...
What is the can on the left ?































It certainly didn't take long before I needed to reintroduced #guestbollards to the blog and what a cracker of a cannon bollard I have for you via @ParzivalCharge on the twitter.

This is a super looking up ended cannon bollard which can be found in the town centre of Trinidad, Cuba. Its location is near the Palacio Brunet and Convent of San Francisco (top picture).

If we look at the close up (above) we can clearly see that this cannon bollard is ornate,also leaning. Look at the pattern on the top of the flared end complete with its near circular ball finish. The body of the cannon bollard tapers slightly towards the barrel/body and again we can see a number or ornate ridges along its barrel/body. I do love the beautiful cobblestones and am wondering what is the can of drink by the base ? It also looks like the bollard is defining a corner and protecting a paved area for pedestrians.

A huge thank you once again to @ParzivalCharge on the twitter for a superb #guestbollard in sunny Cuba.

Bollards of London...


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Return of Bollards of London...

Fowey bollard...






























Hello once again and I am happy to announce the return of my blog 'Bollards of London'. A lot has happened in the last couple of years, I'm no longer living in London, resigned my taxi-cab licence and attempting to write a non fiction book which is not easy.

I do from time to time get emails from people requesting information about street furniture and after a little thought recently and hopefully with your help (especially those of you in London) I have decided to bring the blog out of retirement/exile !

Now before anyone points out that the rather interesting bollard above can be found in Fowey eg Cornwall and not London I would like to refer people to the header of this blog and ask you to take note that I did over three years ago incorporate the blog 'Bollards of Britain' into the more popular 'Bollards of London'.

What of the Fowey bollard above well it looks has though it is made of cast iron, certainly has a nice slightly rusty appeal/look to itself. It has a chunky circular base with a tapering body which flares outwards to form a narrow rim and then tapers in towards a narrower body that is a finished off with a flat top and a small protruding element to form a rather unique looking nautical bollard of Fowey.

Welcome back to Bollards of London...




Thursday, 27 March 2014

Glasgow Guest Bollards...

Glasgow bollards...
Simply beautiful...


















Welcome back to 'Bollards of London' I have had a break from the blog but considering a programme is on bbc 4 tonight about street furniture it seems appropriate to start over again with a super set of #guestbollards from Glasgow !

Bollards of London (and Glasgow) we're back !


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Inside a Bollard...

Inside a Bollard...

Welcome to a New Year and a look inside a Westminster City Council bog standard bollard.

If we examine the photograph (above) we can see the bollard is a rectangular iron/structure (rusting) encased within a molded composite material which is in the main ribbed and painted finished a gloss black. The bollard must have been struck by a pretty hard object vehicle to have cracked the casing material.

The first #guestbollard (below) to be featured in 2014 happens to be from Nr 24th/Valencia San Francisco, USA supplied to us by @MBridegam on the twitter, a huge thank you for these wonderful urban camouflage bollards. What a start to 2014 !

 Urban Camouflage Bollards...















Bollards of London (and San Francisco)...

Saturday, 21 December 2013

The Serpentine & Marrakesh...

Bollard with Seagull...


Welcome to London's Hyde Park where I regularly march/jog/run around on Sundays or the occasional week day. I recently came across a water based bollard complete with Seagull standing on its top. You may notice that it looks like the Seagulls have left a few deposits marks upon said bollard.

If we look at the photograph (below) hopefully you will love the reflections in the Serpentine like me.

Bollard with Seagull and passing Geese...



























The #guestbollards have a truly international feel to them has they are from Marrakesh, Morocco. May I thank @Sir_Olly_C and @clareangela on the twitter for these truly diverse colourful/black and white bollards/street furniture below, what a trio.
























































Bollard of London...

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Banksy, Shoe, Keep Left...

Banksy (Keep Left) Bollard...



















Not often I give up the whole page of my blog but when it happens it is always for a good reason. We have a #guestbollard double bill of two 'Keep Left' bollards but each very different/unique in there own special way.

Above we have a Keep Left 'Banksy' bollard photographed in London, the image was supplied to me by 'Haldo' Street Furniture it happens to be one of there bollards. May I thank @HaldoDevs on the twitter for this great 'Banksy' bollard.

Below we have another Keep Left bollard complete with Ladies shoe the photograph was supplied by @abandonedshoes on the twitter who has a facebook account  'Abandoned Shoe Spotter' which collates photographs of shoes abandoned throughout the United Kingdom, simply brilliant.

Keep Left Bollard complete with Ladies shoe...






















Bollards of London...

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Bollards are Blooming...

Whitcomb Street Blooming...
Welcome to Whitcomb Street once again where I came across these bog standard 'Westminster' bollards complete with a beautiful blooming flower arrangement.

I have featured these bollards before but the difference colour makes is staggering and it certainly livens up the urban grey environment. The photograph (below) is of another from another angle with less colourful plants. 

Another angle...




























The #guestbollard is by @JFarrers on the twitter and what a #guestbollard it is. The bollards (below) happen to be from Birmingham and shaped like a lipstick so what a good move by a well known make up/perfume company wrapping the bollards with their adverts. A very novel smart idea may I say.

Great use of the lipstick shaped bollards...
















Bollards of London (and Birmingham)...

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Concrete Bollard (Coo)...

Concrete bollards...

Welcome to Northington Street WC1 junction of John's Mews where I happened to come across a row of concrete bollards marking a border/parking area of a property clearly under redevelopment.

Unlike walls bollards create a border that we generally respect/acknowledge but sometimes ignore. The concrete bollard is seen often in London and the three in the photograph (above/below) are looking worn/weathered with one even cracked at its base.

If we take a closer look at the photograph (below) we not only see the cracked base of one of the concrete bollards but you'll notice the pigeons have a bit of a party/gathering (a coo for bollards). In the background (above) you might also have noticed the black/white painted bollard just to the right of the yellow foam covered scaffolding poles, Its a 'Holborn 1937' bollard.

A closer look...




























The #guestbollard feature is popular and may I thank two people on the twitter, firstly @horsleystation who  nudged me about a tweet/photograph by @rustyrockets of a concrete bollard complete with 'hoodie' (below).

Well I immediately asked @rustyrockets if I could use image/photograph on the blog/site and can I say to my surprise (was not expecting reply Russell Brand is a busy man) he said he would be honoured. So from the bottom of my heart may I thank followers on twitter/google +, all of you who view/follow the blog/site and of course Russell Brand for a rather cool concrete-hoodie-bollard with a rather beautiful looking dog in the foreground.

'Still a bollard'...




























Bollards of London...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Council Estate Bollards (CEB)...

On the Slope...




























I love the urban environment when I'm not in my taxi-cab has I get a chance to explore some of the most amazing and bland looking places London has to offer.

Today's bollards happen to be at the entrance to of the lower ground car parks on a council estate (not social housing) just off the Malden Road in the London Borough of Camden. I grew up on a council estate in South London and although they may not look the best of places from the outside my god you had room to live/breath inside your council house/home flat. 

Now the bollards (above) are plain looking cylindrical shaped with a concave ridge and ever so slight domed top. If we look at the photograph (below) you'll notice that the bollards are rectangular/cubed shaped and exposed to the elements hence the rusting. 

Why are the bollards here ? Well I am of the belief they are simply here to stop a person or persons parking motor vehicles on the pavement/concrete pedestrian area. 

You won't park here...


















The third photograph (below) in this trilogy shows the full urban scene in all its glory complete with height restriction that ensures only cars can actually enter car parking area.

Gate with height limit...














Bollards of London (council estates)...

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Richmond Hill...

Terrace Field, Richmond Hill...




























Welcome to a rather special beautiful set of bollards I found at the weekend just off Richmond Hill at Terrace Field.

Let us take a closer look at the white octagonal shaped based bollard in the photograph (above/below). Once the base has risen we come to a small tubed shape ridge immediately topped with a tapering indented (concave) column that is finished off with pretty decorative acorn top.

To the Left...




























Protruding from the top we can see a hand/guide rail (above/top) which gently directs us down a path/stairs into Richmond Terrace where we have stunning views of London and the narrowing necks/bends of the river Thames.

New York City Bollards...




























The #guestbollards (above) just happen to be from across the pond in
New Jersey.

The beautiful photograph was taken by a pretty special lady/runner/jogger by the name of @Clauderella on the Twitter/Vine, creative is her middle name.

These bollards are very dandy/ornate with a simple solid square base which quickly morphs into a circular ridged tapering indented column that is finally topped off with a cannon ball finish.

Bollards of London (and New Jersey)...