Saturday, 15 May 2010

Ghost sign # 4

This ghost sign is at 18 Monmouth Street and reads "B. Flegg Estd 1847. Saddler & Harness maker. Large stock of secondhand saddlery & Harness. Horse clothing".

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Borough Market to Cross Bones Graveyard

The Borough Market is featured in maps of the city dating back to 1542 and is the city’s oldest fruit and vegetable market. Documents from 1671 confirm its trading boundary and it was moved to the present location in 1754.

As a wholesale and retail market it has a reputation for selling the finest quality fruit & veg but is becoming more of a tourist attraction selling mainly food cooked in the market.

Cross Bones Graveyard is only a stones throw from the Borough Market in Redcross Way. The gates to an anonymous plot of land have evolved into a post Princess Diana type shrine. A plaque explains why. “In medieval times this was an unconsecrated graveyard for prostitutes or ‘Winchester Geese’. By the 18th century it had become a pauper’s burial ground, which closed in 1853. Here local people have created a memorial shrine. The outcast dead. R.I.P.”

Cross Bones is a long forgotten burial ground for “single women,” a euphemism for prostitutes, as the church would not allow them to be buried on hallowed ground. It's ironic as for 500 years the Bishop of Winchester collected rent from all the local brothels. Hence the term Winchester Geese.

The shrine, created by the local community, includes a bottle of holy water and a bottle of gin which I'm sure would have been appreciated by the ladies who now rest in peace in Cross Bones Graveyard.

Cheers Bernie.

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Friday, 14 May 2010

Victor Pasmore at Tate Modern

The great Victor Pasmore at Tate Modern

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St Paul's to Temple

Everyone knows what St Paul’s looks like so thought I would use this picture taken from in between the 17th century Corinthian columns of the entrance to the cathedral.

Groveland Court is home to The Williamson’s Tavern, which claims to hold the oldest excise license in the City of London. Built not long after the Great Fire it dates back to the 17th century and typifies the narrow lanes and hidden secrets that make the city so interesting.

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese is in Wine Office Court, which gets its name from the sale of wine licences. The pub is one of the oldest in London and must be the only one still to have saw dust generously sprinkled on the floor. Built after the Great Fire in 1666 its oak beams and low ceilings have changed little since the 17th century. It’s the former home of a foul mouthed parrot that died in 1926 at the age of 40. The parrot’s passing was marked by obituaries in several newspapers due to the pub’s close association with Fleet Street.

The Temple is a strange place in a ‘Da Vinci Code’ sort of way. The land was acquired by the Knights Templar, a group of French warrior monks, in 1162 who had turned there attention to banking and property development. The area is now known as two of the four Inns of Court from where lawyers live and work. More details to follow.

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Tower Bridge

You could live in London your entire life and never see this.

Tower Bridge being raised .................... allow a Thames Barge to sail up river.

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College Green

The Press have encamped to College Green to cover the Election and have stayed due to the indecision over the result.
College Green is used to interview Members of Parliament and is really just a cover for an underground car park.

There’s a Henry Moore in there somewhere (Knife Edge Two Piece).

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Friday, 7 May 2010

Cowley St, Westminster. The day after the Election

The day after the General Election. London is calm and going about it's business as normal. Then you see the press at work. Nick Clegg arrives at Liberal HQ in Cowley Street.

Looks as though he has had better days at the office.
The press pack go in for the kill. The feeding frenzy is infectious with top reporters such as Channel 4's John Snow jostling for position (tall, grey hair on the left).

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