Thursday, 27 December 2012

Cannon-Bollard-Cannon...

It was a Cannon...

 Well I hope you all had a very pleasant Christmas break, myself I've had a very odd month of December business wasn't great, weather pretty awful and the train operating company I use decided to terminate the train I was on at Plymouth rather than at my actual train stop for no apparent reason.

The Twelve Bollards of Christmas have been shelved until next year. If you were looking forward to the many other posts it'll be December 2013 before they actually make an appearance. So please accept my apologies and rest assured any #guestbollards sent to me will be used over the coming weeks/months.

It is often said that "every cloud has a silver lining" well the cloud that followed me to the West Country must be lined with gold (not just water). Shortly before arranging my travel/tickets I received an email from a gentleman called Julian who happens to live/work in Deptford South East London. The email bowled me over for it contained the pictures/photographs you can see (above/below) of an actual 'Saker' cannon (circa 1630) that was used has a bollard in the Tooley Street (SE1) area of London, possibly by the Thames.

The cannon/bollard had been dumped in an area close to the Thames and upon site clearance was found and kindly given to Julian to salvage. Just look at the cannon ball (below) that was rammed down the barrel. I often mention 'cannon ball top' finish on those bollards that replicate cannons.

Here's the Cannon ball that was rammed down the barrel...




























If anyone does know anything about this cannon/bollard please feel free to email me and I'll forward your emails/messages to Julian in Deptford.

If you look at the pictures/photographs (below) you'll notice some work is being carried out on one of the trunnions (What's a trunnion ? Simple answer is a protruding object used to mount an item/object onto a frame.).

It became a bollard somewhere in the Tooley Street area SE1...














A Cannon....




























If we look at the excellent engineering drawings (below) by Richard Endsor he dates the 'Saker' cannon circa 1630 with a defaced rose and crown cypher. The English Civil War started in 1642...

I must thank once again Patrick Baty and Martin Evans for the wonderful information/advice they gave me regarding these pictures/photographs. Julian of Deptford you have sent me the ultimate #guestbollard (cannon) and may I wish you all the best with the work you are doing researching this piece of local/national history. Who knows what or whom may have walked/sailed past this bollard and what or whom this cannon may have been aimed/fired at ?

Excellent engineering drawings by Richard Endsor...














Bollards of London (wishing you all the best for 2013)...

Monday, 10 December 2012

The 12 Bollards of Christmas, Jubilee Gardens...

Jubilee Gardens...














On the third day of Christmas Jubilee Gardens on the Southbank by the London (EDF) Eye gives us three beautiful very contemporary looking stainless steel bollards complete with reflective band.

The #guestbollard featured today (below) is from Kentish Town NW5 and supplied by the wonderful @DJConnelAuthor on the twitter (author of 'Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar' and 'Sherry Cracker Gets Normal' published by Blue Door, HarperCollins UK). What a bollard this is too, a pebble dashed ridged bollard with a pebble/green moss base/surround.

#guestbollard Kentish Town...

A Calendar....

Finally (above) a piece of rather great/good news supplied by RMSPR who have created a 'Bollard of Britain' 2013 Calendar. This was the brainchild of @lucyoates on the twitter who created this for a client/manufacturer of bollards @townscape on the twitter.

If any of you would like a digital version of the 'Bollard of Britain' 2013 calendar please do email lucy@rmspr.co.uk and she will send you a digital copy to download.

Bollards of London...

PS "On the third day of Christmas Bollards (Jubilee Gardens) gave to thee, three stainless steel, two striped bog standards and one unique"

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The 12 Bollards of Christmas, Nursery...

Two striped bollards....

















On the second day of Christmas (bollards) a Nursery gave to us two rather colourful/cheerful looking striped bollards (I asked permission to take this photograph). It really does demonstrate what we could do with some paint and how people are able to brighten up what are rather bland looking bog standard bollards.

I pledge in 2013 to create a movement for/of 'Boll-art'. If people/councils are going to plant objects on our streets/roads (for whatever reason) let us allow colleges/school children/artists to brighten up bollards where local communities approve.

The #guestbollard feature goes from strength to strength and can I thank @OnlyJustHarry on the twitter for all his support and two cracking but very different bollards he found recently outside Salisbury Cathedral. If we take a look (below) we see that both are unique and with the stone bollard just below weathering/ageing well.

Salisbury Cathedral...

Another....






















































Bollards of London...

PS "On the second day of Christmas Bollards (Nursery) gave to thee two striped bollards and a unique Barristers bollard"

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The 12 Bollards of Christmas, Lincoln's Inn...

The 1st bollard of Christmas...




























On the first day of Christmas (bollards) the legal profession gives to us a rather unique looking bollard protecting a stone pillar which just happens to be adjacent to Old Square within 'Lincoln's Inn' one of the historical Inns of Chancery here in London.

I happened to drop a QC off the other day at Old Square and I was yet  again struck by the history, beauty and splendour of Lincoln's Inn plus this rather unique looking bollard (above) and the lovely Christmas tree below.

Adjacent Christmas tree...

The first Christmas #guestbollard from Chicago, USA...









































A huge thank you to @meagburnt on the twitter for this beautiful #guestbollard photograph of a number of harbour side bollards in Chicago, USA.

Bollards of London...

PS "On the first day of Christmas Bollards (Barristers) gave to thee, one unique bollard"...