Saturday, 30 April 2011

Abbeyville Road SW4...















Here we are on Abbeyville Road, Clapham SW4 with what can only be described as a bollard now but at some point in the past this object looks like it was a hydrant of some sort. How do we know it was a water hydrant, well if we look we see threaded parts which would be used to connect pipes, hoses to.

With its dark green body and cylindrical shape and obvious engineered parts it is a rather odd but interesting looking lonely bollard. If anyone does know any different please do get in touch via my email address john.bollards@gmail.com or via the comments section of this blog.

Have a great bank holiday weekend and welcome once again to Bollards of London...

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Garlick Hill...















Here at Garlick Hill EC4 just by the side of Mansion House Station we find a beautiful cobble stone street/road lined with "bollards" rather like a pageant. The bollards are the usual type we find within the City of London but considering all that is going on in the City of Westminster right now (Royal Wedding) it might be an idea to focus on another central part of the capital and wonder where this beautiful old street/road leads.

At the bottom of Garlick Hill you will find a beautiful church called St James Garlickhythe where Lucy Inglis was married, you can follow Lucy on twitter @lucyinglis and who would have thought a post about some bollards would have led to chitter chatter about a beautful church. If you wish to see more of the area just outside of the church please do log onto http://www.benchesoflondon.blogspot.com/ !

Bollards of London...

Saturday, 23 April 2011

A Bollard to Grace a Gate...

Here we are outside the Grace Gates at Lord's cricket ground the home of the game of cricket.

Octagonal in shape this is a real solid brilliant white chunky sturdy stone bollard sitting in front of the gates. The body of the bollard tapers towards the top where an edge is created and the traditional domed top appears. Upon the top we can see a brass/metal piece which may allow a pole or a rope to be placed upon it.

Lord's Cricket ground is on St John's Wood Road and considering it's St George's day if you do get a chance to visit the ground please do take a walk towards Regent's Park where you may notice at the junction of Park Road and St John's Wood Road a beautiful statue/monument of St George slaying the Dragon. The statue/monument is dedicated to those who fought in the two world wars of the last century.

Happy St George's day from Bollards of London...

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Tabard Street Bollards...

On a beautiful spring day the sun brings out the best of any area and here on Tabard Street we have a number of rather early concrete bollards.

The bollard sits on its square base from which a tall octagonal column rises upwards which levels off to be topped off  with a domed "half cannon ball" top.

South London holds many secrets and over the coming weeks and months Bollards of London will be spending a little more time south of the river Thames.

Bollards of London...

PS please don't forget to have a look at our new blog http://www.benchesoflondon.blogspot.com/ for where there's a bench you'll probably find a bollard.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

The Washing of the Bollards...













Good to see that Lambeth council is taking road safety seriously with this chap "washing the bollards" in the centre island of a zebra crossing on Lambeth Road.

In the foreground you'll notice the keep left bollard has been sprayed with a chemical of sort and is looking a lot cleaner than the grey almost black looking bollard in the background.

The Washing of the Bollards...

PS we have a new blog starting shortly and that is http://www.benchesoflondon.blogspot.com/ let's see if we can make a bench as popular as a bollard?

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Back to the City...





























Just when you thought the City of London couldn't chuck anymore bollard surprises your way they do.

What a jolly nice rather chunky dandy City of London bollard we have here too. It is octagonal in shape and the base tapers inwards with a layered effect. The sides then rise upwards and painted a gloss black. The bollard then tapers outwards and then we taper back inwards with a more curved rounded top. The upper part of this bollard is painted white with a bright red border.

This bollard is painted in the traditional colours of the City of London. However what is extremely rare is the crest upon its side, George Rex and the Crown above the initials.

This is extremely rare to see in the City of London however we are near the Tower of London and very close to the old Custom House.

Bollards of London...

PS I would like to dedicate this bollard to the quiz master general on twitter a @missprofanity be warned she takes no prisoners...