Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Keep Left...

At the back of the Euston Road I came across this rather odd looking 'Keep Left' traffic bollard that looks like it's off its stand.

The bollard is made of plastic and has a circular base that is tiered with a short cylindrical column  rising upwards towards a large white odd shaped head which contains a blue circle with a white arrow pointing left which forms a 'Keep Left' sign.

Bollards of London...

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Bollard with Portcullis...

Here in Tufton Street SW1 part of the Westminster Village I came across a rather lonely looking bollard of a standard variety found across parts of central London.

On closer inspection I noticed the 'Portcullis' which you can see reasonably clearly on the upper part of the cylindrical body of the bollard just beneath the upper two rings.

So a rather standard looking bollard becomes one with a little more interest because it doesn't match the existing bollards within the parliamentary estate.

Bollards of London...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

The Leaning Bollard of Camden...
















They may have the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy but here in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the land of austerity we can certainly go one better but on a much smaller scale.

In Goodge Place (just off Goodge Street) you'll find this wooden bollard leaning on a piece of private land in the  London Borough of Camden creating a 'Leaning Bollard of Camden'. Who knows one day this may well become a tourist attraction in its own right.

I must ad that the top picture gives the impression that the bollard looks rather unstable hence the need for the second picture which clearly shows the bollard is leaning but perfectly safe.

If you happen to be in the Goodge Street area of London please do hunt down and admire 'the Leaning Bollard of Camden'.

Bollards of London...

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Grosvenor House Hotel Bollards...

















With all the fog and subsequent dull grey gloomy skies I couldn't resist photographing these two stone bollards-with-chain right outside the famous Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

The bollards are made of stone and octagonal in shape. The body is sturdy/chunky and forms part of a beautiful flower bedded border. The bollard then sweeps inwards and is finished off with a nice semi-circular gold coloured top ball.

Beating the Autumn blues.

Bollards of London...

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Regents College, Regent's Park...















Every now and then you manage to enter a drive way of a building and come across a piece of architecture or in this case a group of bollards belonging to Regents College which can be found at the junction of the Inner Circle and York Bridge within London's very own Regent's Park.

The bollard is made of wood with a square base and no more than 2 ft tall. In the picture above we can see the bollard contains a light and marks the border of the kerb/grassed area. The upper part of the body of the bollard contains a ridge and the top has a very small peaked area.

Now the final picture below is a 'Bollard of London' map created by mappinglondon.co.uk and featured in an event which took place on the 17th of November created by the Londonist and hosted by TAG fine arts of Dover Street, Mayfair W1. I must say it is pleasantly pleasing to see so many other people noticing the many of the bollards dotted around our capital city.

Bollards of London...


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Bollards of Brockley Cross...


















Here we are at Brockley Cross at a width  restriction which certainly has the full range of bollards/street furniture.

We can see the back of a 'cheap' bendy bollard placed in front of the dangerous backless lamp post. We then see the two main posts/bollards made of iron and just about recognisable considering the paint is removed due to slightly larger vehicles squeezing through restriction.We then come across the two bell ends, one sunken into the tarmac and the other sitting upon the pavement. Finally we find the fire gate bollard (lock/latch end) which is a simple circular design with top third of main body tapering towards a ball top finish.

May I say what a complete and utter mess of an area/piece of road, however within the chaos/cluster of bollards/street furniture there is a very odd aged even scratched beauty.

Bollards of London...

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A Bollard in a Pear Tree...

Yesterday I found this beautiful bollard in Pear Tree Close, Clerkenwell EC1.

The bollard is reasonably tall slender circular base that tapers slightly with a main ribbed body that is only broken up with three to four rings on the body.

The top of the bollard is on close inspection pear shaped with the top half almost gold coloured.

With Christmas lights going up and on all over the capital in November I couldn't resist 'A Bollard in a Pear Tree'...close !

Bollards of London...

Friday, 11 November 2011

Latest from the City...

The City of London recently upgraded the roads/streets around the new shopping facility called 'New Change' on Cheapside.

Above we have a newly planted/painted bollard that marks the border to an indented taxi-cab stand/rank placed next to the shopping centre and opposite businesses.

The bollard has a small square base that immediately forms into a octagonal body that tapers slightly until it reaches a rather ornate top that resembles a juicer. The colours/paint used are the usual City of London colours of black/red and white. Attached to this particular bollard is a standard sign used across the City of London (the Square Mile) which denotes how many taxis can sit upon said stand and which direction the cabs are to face.

Bollards of London...

Monday, 7 November 2011

Contemporary look for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea...

 We are at the the junction of Thurloe Place and the nearly finished redevelopment of Exhibition Road where the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have decided to create a brick based shared space.

What I came across at the junction is a new addition to the bollard family and that is a one with a more contemporary look with a twist.

If we look closely at the bollards in the picture you'll notice they have a square base with a narrow vertical body that merges/morphs into a cylinder shape with a slightly curved top.

Bollards of London...

Friday, 4 November 2011

Fleet Street EC4...

Fleet Street EC4 was formerly the home to the nations newspaper industry. Now it's dominated by Goldman Sachs and Freshfields.

The bollard in the picture above is a typical City of London type bollard with a near fresh coat of gloss paint. Only one part unfinished so I'll leave that for each of you to take a closer look and think about.

The bollards are more than likely getting this new coat of paint because of the Lord Mayor's Show which takes place next week from 11.00am on Saturday the 12th of November 2011.

Bollards of London...