Welcome to bollards of London (incorporating bollards of Britain), a site dedicated to those rather odd looking pavement objects you find in the most interesting of places.
Bollards have a history richer than most objects placed upon the pavement and we can easily find some from the earlier part of the 19th Century.
Welcome once again to bollards of London and please do follow/contact me on the twitter @bollardoflondon or via gmail firstname.lastname@example.org #thankyou...
Welcome to Hyde Park, London where I took a closer look at the huge statue/monument of 'Achilles' placed in honour of the Duke of Wellington and his victories. The statue is actually cast from cannons that took part in the battles/war.
If we take a look at photograph (below) we see the naked Achilles standing upon an impressive tiered plinth surrounded by beautiful stone bollards linked with chain.
A huge plinth...
Looking at the stone bollard (below) we can see it is cylindrical/circular in shape which tapers towards a solid central column tapering outwards with a slanted top edge with a semi flat minor peaked top.
Welcome to Old Paradise Street, Lambeth SE1 where I came across a couple of cracking concrete bollards. The bollard in the foreground is cracked near its base which gives us the opportunity to see the steel rods which gives the concrete strength coupled with a certain amount of flexibility (reinforced concrete).
It does though appear that the bollard in the background (above) and the photograph (below) has sheared/cracked and then placed by beautiful brick railway arch corner/side.
The #guestbollard (below) makes it return with a rather wonderful photograph by @UptonSpark1 on the twitter of two City of London bollard tops with a band playing outside the old Daily Express Newspaper building on Fleet Street which is now home to the merchant/bank Goldman Sachs.
Welcome to Grosvenor Road, London SW1 where I happened to come across this rather plain looking bollard complete with 'Coke is it' can next to Petrol station sign informing us all they now have an Off Licence that opens late.
The bollard is a tapering cylindrical shape with a flared end/top which happens to be slightly domed but you can still place/balance a concave based soft drink can on its top.
We are at the junction of Sutherland Street and Peabody Avenue, Pimlico SW1 where I came across what I believe to be 'Unintentional Symbolic Bollards' (USB) surrounding a Tree.
Once these wooden bollards were part of a Tree now they stand tall/true protecting large Tree from vehicle strikes but not a chainsaw/logger. The irony but oh what symbolism we can find around us on a daily but not intentional basis.
The picture/photograph (below) is certainly not a bollard but one of me on my mission to 'Get Fit Not Fat' and this morning I managed to run my best time for 5 km (3.1 miles) of 27 minutes 27 seconds so please excuse me from shouting from the rooftops that I'm enjoying my journey to even greater levels fitness on the road/pavement ahead.
Welcome to a local council 'Boris Bike Bollard Island'. I am always surprised at the level councils will go to adding not just bollards to protect a line of bikes but then creating custom built designed islands to then place the bollard upon.
If in an age of austerity we seek/wish to save money then a bollard with no island would do exactly the same job.
A huge thank you to Peter Elwell who sent me a photograph via email (below) of this superb cannon #guestbollard found at the exit of Dray Walk on Brick Lane.
Look at the body of the bollard/cannon tapering inwards until we reach the muzzle of the cannon/bollard where it flares outwards. The bollard/cannon has been capped off but with a small cone shape object and not the usual cannon ball top finish.