London History

.’. London Art – Foxes .’.

London is an amazing place to find all sorts of art. When I say art it means anything really. From amazing statues to good graffiti.

This time I’ve notice that is time for an urban fox hunt with a difference.

It’s not exactly high art, but these vulpine stencils are making quite an impact in North-West London. Sightings of the fox stencil range from Portobello Road to Camden Town and everywhere inbetween.


Coal Holes

Doughty Street

Just opposite “Charles Dickens House Museum” I found this coal hole. New for my collection: trade mark – C.WHITLEY – Kings Cross. Also must say that at this street you can find so many coal holes that can give a super bust to your collection as well. And let’s not forget the many other features that this street have (mosaics, iron works and the lovely boot scrappers). Worthy a walk around.

London History

Coal Hole Poems…

Incline your head, passer-by, and peruse what you see. With some danger from passing perambulators. Not to mention incontinent sparrows and pigeons. here is a long thin coiling around. It isn’t a centipede, but an unrhymed poem – Free verse at that! What is it there for – Only to prove what a cultured place. This town of ours is – isn’t it? (John Heath Stubbs)

While looking for a coffee shop at Notting Hill, few months back, at Stanley Gardens I found this lovely coal hole just at the pavement of what seems to have been a antique shop. There lonely was this poem waiting to be admired. But only today I found out that a very artist group came across an idea and succeeded to complete. PAVEMENT POETRY is worthy to have a look and also they provide you with the map of the others poems, or should I say coal holes?

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.’. Queen’s Anne Gate .’.


Walking around Westminster between Parliament Sq and St. James Park I came across to “Queen’s Anne Gate”, built during the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain (1702 – 1714).
This little “street” has not changed much, the most amazing porches I’ve seen with handmade carved wood. You also can see old Victorian, iron bells, excellent plaster work, a perfect statue of Queen Anne and of course a street sign that shows you the “old and new”.
Photos of London by Henry Dixon in the 1870s and 80s shows the square (first photo at my gallery) and apart from the hoardings and the parked cars, the square looks virtually identical to its appearance over 130 years ago.

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.’. Horse and Cattle Fountain .’.


Every now and then I have come across old granite horse troughs that have long outlived their original purpose but which usually have an interesting inscription behind them. Most of them are now glorified flower-beds but originally they served the philanthropic purpose of providing clean drinking water both for the local residents and for the assorted animals of London. The story of the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association is an interesting one and I was surprised to read that they are still in existence – albeit in a much reduced form. I expect I’ll be adding to this one over the years but here are a few that I’ve come across recently