Thursday, 25 April 2013

Urban Wandering: London mews, ghost signs and the Joe Strummer subway

To celebrate the final arrival of Spring, I managed two Urban Wanders yesterday – one at lunchtime, the other after work. The first was through some reasonably familiar territory near my Paddington office, but the second was almost completely new to me and covered some of London EC2, around Shoreditch. This blog post however covers the first of these wanders.

The first set of photos are from Gloucester Place Mews, I have definitely walked along this mews many times but I don’t ever recall taking pictures. This is a curious mews in that unlike most others it has a small dog-leg before it really gets going, but is completely straight after that. And unlike some of the other mews I’ve visited recently, this one consists of almost exclusively white houses, so maybe there’s some sort of preservation order here?

Gloucester Place Mews, London W1
Gloucester Place Mews, London W1

Gloucester Place Mews, London W1
Gloucester Place Mews, London W1

Gloucester Place Mews, London W1
Gloucester Place Mews, London W1

Gloucester Place Mews, London W1
Gloucester Place Mews, London W1

Gloucester Place Mews, London W1
 Gloucester Place Mews, London W1

This next picture is of a ghost sign on the corner of Salisbury Place, but try as I might, I am not able to decipher any of the wording ... "BUS", or maybe "BUSY"?
 
Ghost sign on the corner of Salisbury Place, London W1
 Ghost sign on the corner of Salisbury Place, London W1

And finally on this urban wander, we have a subway, but not just any subway, this one just off the Edgware Road, is the Joe Strummer subway. For those of you not familiar with the ground breaking, UK punk bands of the late 1970’s, Joe was the lead singer and guitarist with the Clash, but sadly no longer with us following his fairly recent death.
Joe Strummer Subway, London W1
Joe Strummer Subway, London W1
      

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