|Metropolitan Borough Shoreditch...|
Wheeler Street, London E1 contains a rather wonderful semi popular design of bollard that we can find outside the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand or off Brick Lane and around other parts of the City of London.
If we take a close look at the picture (top) we see the base of this rather ornate looking bollard and the letter MBS. Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch which existed from 1900 to 1965. In 1965 a local government reorganisation merged the Metropolitan Boroughs of Shoreditch, Stoke Newington and Hackney into the London Borough of Hackney. We now know that this bollard pre-dates 1965.
Taking a closer look at this beautiful bollard (2nd picture from top) we see it has an octagonal base that tapers slightly inwards and then rises vertically and retains its shape but with an ornate vertical pattern and some rather nice circular rings that complete the finish to the main body (which tapers outwards again) before it tapers yet again to a much smaller offset top. The top of the bollard rises to a point and in my opinion makes this beautiful piece of street furniture look like a model of a future tall building for the City of London. Think about it we have the Gherkin, the Shard why not the Bollard ?
Taking a look at our final picture (above) of an above elevation of the bollard top I must say the bare metal and slightly worn look with the offset top makes me want to rotate the upper tier and bring everything into alignment and who knows what may happen (if we were on the set of the Mummy Returns).
Bollards of London...
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