Saturday, 31 March 2012

Arty, edgy and in demand...

Does anyone else have a soft spot for old gasometers? These photographs were taken in Hackney. You can read more about Empress Coaches, shown here (and featured in the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), at Spitalfields Life.

I didn’t see any coaches, but I did spot this curiously arty ice cream van parked in a street nearby.

Oh, and apparently, there’s a planning application to build an 18 storey block on this site… eek!

Another potential victim of developers is a little known shrine called Cross Bones, located in the shadow of The Shard. Read more about this in ShopCurious's post at The Dabbler.

And just across the road from the memorial this lovely, though rather neglected, old building (below) sits next to Borough Market. The sign says ‘goods inwards’ – which in a few years time will no doubt have been replaced by ‘luxury goods outwards’.

London is a constantly evolving curiosity. I hope it's changing for the better.

Do you?


Jan said...

Gasometers - no (no soft spot)
The old Borough market building
though - worthy of preservation I think.

worm said...

blimey Susan you've been all over the place! Loved yr article on the Dabbler. My best friend lives on the other side of the Hackney Rd from those gasometers.

Profoundly Superficial said...

What wonderfully weird architecture!!!

Style Porn said...

What, pray tell, is a "gasometer"? A gas station? I feel so out of the loop.

And these buildings you're taking pictures of look so awesome and abandoned. I live for abandoned buildings. Always wanted to go on a mental hospital world tour. I think there are some still standing in London!