London History

.’. Dreaming of a Butterfly .’.


The EU funded European Public Art Centre – EPAC is a collaborative engagement between organisations across Europe focusing on intersections between art, science and society. It consists of eight outdoor exhibition spaces established in participating countries that include Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, UK and Iceland to establish the first ever Europe-wide contemporary art venue.

Now in its second phase of the EPAC programme, artworks rotate between participating countries. In London,  Antonio Caramelo presents his artwork DREAMING OF A BUTTERFLY. By interactively utilising surrounding sound, the work produces an illusion of living butterflies inside the box.

Believe me when I say: They look pretty real, a friend of mine couldn’t believe they were just a “very good” work of art.

Check it out @ Spitalfields – London E1 6SW

Coal Holes

Christ Church School

In 1995, to celebrate the area’s history and cultural diversity, 25 cast iron roundels, with 20 different patterns, were set into pavements around Spitalfields. Each roundel, looks about the same size as the Victorian ‘coal-hole’ cover. It carried an image telling a story. The artist, Keith Bowler, who has lived in Spitalfields for many years, designed them and had them cast locally.

This one I found at Brick Lane just at the pavement of Christ Church School. You can see two children, dressed in 18th century costume, shown as pictures in a book and surrounded by eight pencils.

My new task is to find all of them after all they are not coal hole, but the roundels are worthy to look for.

London History

.’. Hardy’s Tree .’.


When I found out about the Hardy’s Tree I thought: What an amazing way for the nature to express itself!! But when you go to see the Hardy’s Tree you also think about Thomas Hardy and see the poetry on the image. Maybe he was trying to make the “sittuation” a little less horrid.

Before writting full time, Thomas Hardy studied architecture and during 1860s the Midland Railway was being built and the original St Pancras Churchyard was on the way of progress. The task to remove the bodies and tombs from the land was passed to Thomas and he spent many hours in Old St. Pancras Churchyard. The headstones around the Ash tree would have being placed there around this time and since them the tree has grown into what we see nowdays.


Coal Holes

Angel Alley

This plaque marks and points to the entrance to Angel Alley where the Freedom Press and bookshop are located, the world’s largest anarchist publisher. The Alley also has a large mural of famous anarchists.

The Alley is also very famous during the times of Jack the Ripper when it was used for girls to have some “privacy” during their working hours. Extensively used by prostitutes and their clients for centuries is also known as the place were Martha Turner (one of Jack the Ripper’s victims) used to hang out with a friend known as Pearly Poll.

It isn’t a coal hole but reminds me of one and I do think it should be part of my collection and you all should enjoy as well.

Coal Holes


I love coaholes. Off course I do, otherwise I wouldn’t ever have started this blog in first place. But how much other people love their coalhole?
It is important to protect things you love and this house at Bedford Place – Holborn, does love their coalhole.

London History

.’. Mystery Clock in the Strand .’.


During the time of Henry VIII a law was passed that all churchs and other official clocks in the city must be painted in blue and gold and, officially at least, that law has never been rescinded, which is why city clocks are still mostly painted in the King’s colours.

London has numerous highly eccentric clocks – the clock at St. Dusntan’s in the West with the giants beating the hours on a bell with their clubs, for example; or Fortnum and Mason’s clock outside their famous shop. But perhaps the most bixarre and least known is the Law Court’s clocks at Strand.

What makes this clock so unusual is that it was built by an iliterate Irishman who only made clocks as a hobby, yet it is supremely accurate – in fact when complete it was said to be the most accurate clock in London. The difficulty arose when a second clock was needed and the court authorities wanted something of similar quality. Only then was it discovered that the original hadd been made by a man who – because he could not write – had kept no record of how he did it, which is why the Law Court’s clock is unique and always will be.