I was told about this up turned cannon (bollard) by the London photographer and enthusiast Maggie Jones and had to find it for myself because it was off the beaten track in the City of London.
Well has mentioned on the previous post a group of us went bollard hunting on Sunday afternoon and we found this beautiful old sunken cannon (bollard) just planted in the paved area off Undershaft EC3 by St Helen's Bishopsgate church. Very few 'cannons' actually exist in London and often claims are made that 'bollards' are when they are clearly not originals but replicas, made to look like 'cannons'.
What a beautiful piece of street furniture (picture above), the fact it just sits in the middle of a paved area with its beautiful rusting tapering body (outwards) with a narrowing curved top that leads to an almost door knob type handle.
My fellow 'bollardarians' (below) from left to right @sophontrack @itsyourlondon @AboutLondon @Rigsbyhatstand and @philipkelly29 with the upturned 'cannon' bollard in the foreground. I will take this opportunity to thank them all again and to let you know it really was a hunt for this wonderful piece of street furniture. At the beginning of the 'hunt' we had a coffee on St Mary's Axe not 100 yards from this site, it really was a bollard hunt/search with plenty of other little treasures found along the way. Badges are being prepared and made for this great bunch of people.
|A great bunch of people...|
|Spot the bollard...|
No #guestbollard on this particular post but we have a found a water pump/trough on Cornhill where a well existed back in 1282. If we look at the stone trough (above) we can see the later addition of metal bollards at either end which simply protect the stone trough from motor vehicles.
Bollards of London...
The bollard-hunt looks like it was tons of fun! The cannon bollard is quite impressive, but I have to say I'm captivated by the pump and trough on the site of the medieval well. Where I live, we're lucky if there's anything still standing that's older than the mid-19th century.ReplyDelete