Monday, 7 July 2014

An Urban Wander around Southfields

Looking at the stations towards the edges of the London Underground map, I realised that there were several that I'd never alighted at. Not the terminals at the end of each line, but the stations one or two stops from the end. Southfields on the District line to Wimbledon was one of these stations, so determined to put that right, I boarded at Earl's Court, and took the tube over the river, alighting at Southfields to start an urban wander.

Almost as soon as I exited the tube station I came across this wonderful ghost sign on the breast of a chimney. With a bit of research, I discovered that the word in the middle is TOUT and forms part of EN TOUT CAS, who are a tennis court supplier. Above this is WORLD and below is LAWN TENNIS.

Ghost sign, Southfields, London
Ghost sign, Southfields, London

I knew of a fairly prominent, mosaic ghost sign in Southfields, the Nourish and Flourish one, and from a distance thought I'd found it but on closer inspection it was a completely different one, now overlooking a petrol station forecourt.

UNITED SERVICE TRANSPORT Co. Ltd.

Ghost sign, Southfields, London
Ghost sign, Southfields, London

Eventually I found the Nourish and Flourish one, on what used to be a factory for Frame Foods.

Ghost sign, Southfields, London
Ghost sign, Southfields, London

As my drift around Southfields came to an end, I came across a site of abandonment and demolition not far from the Nourish and Flourish sign. I have no idea what's planned to fill this space, but am hoping it keeps the style of the older buildings in the area.

Demolition, Southfields, London
Demolition, Southfields, London


My wander didn't actually end in Southfields. I walked from here to Putney but I will feature that as a separate post as there are too many pictures for a combined post.

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