The curse of scaffolding strikes again!

Week 49

Back from London/Swindon/Lewes with a huge virtual mound of potential illustrations to go through. Survived trial by lecture at the Vic Soc, a very keen and interested audience fortunately, and the projection facilities were excellent (a rare thing). Saw some lovely new acquisitions at EH in Swindon, then a couple of days in Lewes with evenings at what rapidly seems to be becoming my local, across the road from the brewery. Also managed to pick up a few extra London shots, but the curse of scaffolding struck again in Southwark, where I was looking for the Hop Workers’ Great War memorial. Wandered around for ages, although I knew where it should have been, until I spied it half-hidden under dense scaffolding. At least I could get a bit of a picture, although obviously unpublishable. The memorial’s designer, Omar Ramsden (1873-1939), was a Sheffield-born silversmith who had a studio in Chelsea and a large workshop in Fulham, where he employed up to 20 men (so didn’t necessarily ‘me fecit’ as his mark says – more detail on him in the DNB online). Away from the book, have just put up Christmas tree and now have to locate the lights……

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