London old, London new

Week 58 Back from a flying visit to the British Library at the weekend, amongst other things delving further into the Pontifex family of coppersmiths, who were very dominant in the plant production scene in London in early to mid Victorian times. Thanks to a splendid piece of family history research found in the BL, … Continue reading

Sadly Springfield

Week 25 Final photos from the Springfield Brewery site in Wolverhampton this week, before a selection of London pics from my recent trip to follow. Such a sad sight, and still quite a few buildings – or chunks thereof – surviving, even after fire and long-delayed development. Curious that on an almost next-door plot high-rise … Continue reading

A gateway to the past?

Week 24 Back from London, where the weather was not nearly as bad as predicted – think I passed it going south as the thunderclouds headed north. A lovely Saturday afternoon for photography, walked around the St John Street area – Islington, Camden, City – then into Tower Hamlets for Truman in Spitalfields. Some parts … Continue reading

A ghost in Wolverhampton

Week 23 Now for some more photos from my recent trip to the West Midlands, particularly the former Springfield Brewery site in Wolverhampton. This has been the subject of what seems an endless series of redevelopment proposals, but not a great deal has happened, as we shall see over the next few weeks. I began … Continue reading

A most unlikely brewery

Week 21 Or rather, not so much that the brewery was unlikely, but that the building in its present form looks nothing like the normal brewery layout. In fact this was Alfred Eadon’s Plant Brewery in the centre of Doncaster, and when functioning¬†had a mass of ventilation louvres on its curving exterior –¬†now replaced by … Continue reading