I live in Melrose Avenue for just over a year now and only today I discovered this fact about my neighbor.
Dennis Nilsen know as Muswell Hill or Kindly Killer committed the murders of a minimum of 12 young men in a series of killings committed between 1978 and 1983.
His victims would be lured to these addresses through guile and all were murdered by strangulation, sometimes accompanied by drowning. Following the murder, Nilsen would observe a ritual in which he bathed and dressed the victims’ bodies, which he would retain for extended periods of time, before dissecting and disposing of the remains via burning upon a bonfire, or flushing the remains down a lavatory.
“I eased him into his new bed [beneath the floorboards] … A week later, I wondered whether his body had changed at all or had started to decompose. I disinterred him and pulled the dirt-stained youth up onto the floor. His skin was very dirty. I stripped myself naked and carried him into the bathroom and washed the body. There was practically no discoloration and his skin was pale white. His limbs were more relaxed than when I had put him down there”.
Nilsen’s written recollections of the ritual he observed after the murder of his first victim.
Hayward Brothers, 187 & 189 Union Street, Borough.
Hayward’s coal holes are widely found in London and the provinces. Apart from the patent self-locking plates, they are one of the few manufacturers to insert glass panels to provide light in cellars.
Their large glazed gratings can be found in front of many Victorian buildings.
No idea where I found this one, but a simple walk around and you can find one as well.
This coal plate is not just another lump of metal. None of the coal holes are.
Look closely and you’ll find some similarity to the Order of the Garter star (in my crazy mind at least). Every foundry had its own design, often containing intricate geometric patterns.
So London might not be paved with gold, but it’s got some beautiful cast iron.
CLAPHAM & CAMBERWELL – Economy. Efficiency. Durability
Found @ Alexander Square.
” This district once boasted
a race-course & it retains
something of the dashing,
classless. devil-may-care, yes,
racy sense of the turf.”
(Hugh Thomas – 2004)
Here ends the hunting of the Pavement Poetry. I recommend going to their site, downloading the map and going for a walk. After all, a walk in Notting Hill is just as lovely as the poetry they stamp into our pavements.
Also lets not forget of all the other coal holes, they are part of London, all those coal holes that look up on us, visitors of other centuries…
Found @ Portland Road near to the Cross Shop
Victorians decried this street Barbaric, they said, discordant. LOOK NOW. The buildings stand the same. Mind and hearts change.
(Colin Thubron – 2004)
Found @ St. Ann’s Road a street that isn’t as Barbaric as the Victorians thought it was.
Notting Hill that vigorous, creative & diverse London village. Beneath whose pavements the Roman legions marched westward from Londinium.
(P.D.James – 2004)
Found @ Holland Park Avenue just at the pavements of Daunt Book Shop (that by the way is always worth a visit).
While walking around Kilburn you always can come across to some lovely coal holes. This one “T.PICKETT IRONMONGER KILBURN”.