I have worked a taxi-cab in London for over 14 years and in the last 2/3 had a keen interest in these odd looking objects called bollards. Having driven up and down Southwark Bridge Road on many occasions I was surprised to find a pair of 'Clink (Southwark) 1812' bollards at the pathway Keppel Row and junction of Southwark Bridge Road.
What do we know of these bollards (street posts), well in 1786 an Act (Local Act, 26 Geo. III, c. 120.) was passed and a commission was established under this and subsequent Acts. In 1812 the 'Clink' Paving Commissioners ordered 60 of these post which were made by Messrs. Bishop & Co.
The design of the bollard speaks for itself, cylindrical, ridged and with a semi-circular cannon ball top finish. It is great to see them in a good state and certainly maintained well. The area known has the 'Clink' is now part of the London Borough of Southwark and the local area is now called 'Bankside'. These street posts/bollards form part of our local heritage/history of this ever changing city and the story behind many of these bollards never ceases to amaze me.
My only one complaint with the pictures (above/below) is the rubbish/refuse bags just left in Keppel Row.
|Wonderful bollards with rail...|
We continue our #guestbollard feature with the most decorative bollards I've ever seen to date (pictures above and left) which happen to be placed outside The State Hermitage Museum once again I must thank Patrick Baty who just happens to be an Historical paint consultant and an all round fascinating man.
These bollards (with rail) are simply wonderful and such a find. The shape of the body/head is unusual along with the black/white/red diagonal paint pattern.
If you look closely at the bottom picture you'll notice how intricate/delicate the cobble stone work had become whilst installing/planting the bollards.
Bollards of London (St Petersburg, Russia)...
PS if you fancy a look at more bollards around Britain please do click on the link Bollards of Britain where you'll find a new blog/site dedicated to the many that will and can be found around these shores.