Thursday, 24 January 2013

Wardens of St Saviour 1827 and the Spoons...

Wardens of St Saviour 1827...




























Welcome to Cathedral Street SE1 where I came across this rather interesting looking bollard with the lettering/numbers 'Wardens of St Saviour 1827'.

The bollard is a cannon like model/make with ridged areas on the body/column and a cannon ball top finish. The Wardens of St Saviour date back to the mid 16th century and a brief history can be found on the following link at the 'The National Archives' .

A closer look...

Playing the Spoons...























































While photographing the bollard above I could hear the sound of soul/hip-hop music and the spoons.

Yes the gentleman pictured (above) was playing the spoons to soul/hip-hop music outside Southwark Cathedral. This chap was happy, an accomplished spoon player and very entertaining.

So for one post only I've decided to sideline the #guestbollard and celebrate the skills of live public spoon playing.

Bollards of London (plus the Spoons)...

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Belgravia Bollards...

Belgravia Bollards...
Welcome to Belgravia, London SW1 where I came across these rather pleasant looking bollards on Chester Close. They are square based but actually octagonal in shape with each side alternating in length (if that makes sense).

If we look at the bollards above and maybe a little closer you'll see it has a slightly tapering body and long rectangular shaped inlaid panels on each of the larger sides. We then reach a ridged area and immediately above this the body starts to curve outwards and then forms a layered top with a traditional cannon ball top finish.

The #guestbollard feature (below) is brought to us today by @chrissypeekaboo on the twitter and what a collection of 'Artillery' shells now used has bollards she found at 'Newhaven Fort'.

I love the layout and use of these shells. If we look closely at the bottom picture you can see the the two shells have been disarmed and put to great use. Looks like some 'tommies' in the back ground sorting out the other shells.

Artillery shell bollards...














Recently I posted about Justin of Deptford 'Cannon-Bollard-Cannon' (I love the fact that the we have artillery shells on this post) and asked his permission to send those wonderful photographs to the 'Museum of London'. Well after a couple of days I received a response from the Museum (it was Christmas) and they showed great interest in the cannon (bollard), what was even move pleasing is that they passed me a couple of links to more 'Cannon' bollards found in Cork, Eire. Please do take the chance to look at the links 'Cork Past & Present' & 'Peoples Republic of Cork'.

Thank you very much to all the staff at the Museum of London especially curator Jackie Keily.

Looks like they've been defused, not sure about the ones up the path...












Bollards of London (Fort Newhaven and County Cork, Eire)...

Friday, 4 January 2013

West to East London...

Splendid patterns top/bottom...




























Welcome to Addison Bridge Place just opposite Olympia at the beginning of the Hammersmith Road in west London where I found some rather impressive/ornate bollards.

Let us take a closer look at the bollard (above), we can see it has an octagonal base which rises vertically until it reaches a height where the body slopes/curves and tapers inwards (note ornate pattern). We then have a white painted octagonal body/column rising vertically until we reach a lip/ridge with an enlarged ornate/patterned area finished off nicely with a near egg shaped top.

Opposite (below) I found a pair of bollards very similar (if not the same) to the two I found outside the entrance of the  London Landmark Hotel opposite Marylebone Station on Melcombe Place W1.

Two tapering Nipple top/Pith hat bollards...

Look at the base/same has the bollard (top) above...
Right at the end of the public highway/road on Addison Bridge Place there happens to a single pay & display bay and what did I find hiding in the bushes (left) but a bollard very similar to the one I found at the top of this post but with a different or maybe just a more exposed base ?

Whilst driving a taxi-cab around the capital you can end up literally anywhere  maybe asked to take part in filming or even a photo shoot. Well via the world of Twitter and the most helpful person by the twitter name of @AboutLondon I got to follow the work of @deadlyknitshade and finally met her with @TheFastener at the junction of Goldsmith's Row/Hackney Road in December for a short project involving a London taxi-cab.

I couldn't believe it when they turned up on this very cold morning in December, well just look at 'Squid' on the Telephone box and some of his friends appearing on the railings. Wouldn't Sir Giles Gilbert Scott be proud.

Now a knitted 'Squid' is not a #guestbollard but it just so happens that around the corner we found a row of bollards blocking what was once a thoroughfare for motor vehicles.

Keep an eye out for 'Squid-cab' coming to a post on here very, very soon.

@deadlyknitshade and @TheFastener 




















Bollards (and Squid) of London...

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Tooley Street SE1...

Jelly fish top...




























Happy New Year from Bollards of London...

Back to the business of bollards and after the last post (cannon/bollard) of 2012 I reckoned that 2013 might be a bit of struggle then I had a good look at some of the bollards I found in the SE1 area and found this rather ornate/beautiful/almost Jelly fish top shaped 'Victorian' looking bollard on Tooley Street very close to the junction of Tower Bridge Road.

Lets take a look at the rather odd square bolted (above/below) base that certainly doesn't match the beautiful slender ornate body of this bollard. The patterns are typical of the 'Victorian' era and the bollard is rusting in all the right places with a shimmer/shine where the metal has come into contact with people/objects and general wear/tear has taken place over time.

A different type/style base, doesn't match the bollard...

I've started sketching again...










































You may be wondering what is that sketch/drawing (above) doing on this blog/site well I'm picking up my pencils once again and when I get the opportunity/chance I'll either sketch what I see or take a photograph and sketch/draw at a later date. So you'll notice hopefully in the foreground their is an actual white bollard in front of the Chelsea gate at the Royal Hospital home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

The first #guestbollard (below) for 2013 is supplied to us by @OnlyJustHarry on the twitter and what a fine bollard it is too.

Once again thank you all for an excellent 2012 it was rather good to finish the year with 10,000 plus page views/hits on this slightly odd but different/blog.

#guestbollard from Lenton St Alton, Hants...




























Bollards of London...