|A Contemporary Looking Bollard...|
After reaching the milestone of the 200th I've reached a very odd shaped bollard with a tale to tell that appears to be steeped in local church history. The Church closed in 1899 not much is left if we take a look at the picture on Church Bells of the City of London I must say what a lovely website.
The bollard has a rectangular base and rises upwards, around its middle it expands slightly and upon the front/face we can just about make out the letters H.T.M then the word 'commission' followed by the date 1854. On the original pictures I took of this type/design of bollard it was a lot harder to actually make the date out so remembering my school days I popped back to my taxi-cab removed some paper/pencils and did a little 'brass rubbing'. After posting the picture on the @twitter it was the opinion of @patrickbaty @Bebejax @AboutLondon that the date was '1854'. I then enhanced the photograph which you can see below and I must say it does read '1854', what would the world do without 'brass rubbing', @twitter and good people. The bollard then rises further and topped off rather neatly with these beautiful smooth edges/corners.
The design of the bollard is clearly not of the mid 19th century but the date is certainly significant. Black/white zebra stripe with a mini stone bollard embedded into the kerb which protects the original bollard from kerb strikes (top picture).
|Holy Trinity Minories Commission 1854...|
|A bit of Brass Rubbing...|
|Book Bollards Cambridge University by the Library...|
Continuing the successful theme of #guestbollards I have an absolute cracker provided by Martin Evans, Cambridge and I must say these book bollards are simply wonderful.
Due to the interest and significant number of bollards that happen to be outside the confines of greater London I've set up a new blog/site Bollards of Britain and an associated @twitter account @bollard_britain over the coming weeks/months any #guestbollards (if you give permission) or ones I find on my travels/journeys throughout Britain will start to appear on this dedicated site.
Could this be another another reason for Scotland to stay part of the Britain ?
Bollards of London (and Cambridge)...
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