Saturday, 3 December 2022

London Symphonies - From Mill Hill East to Battersea Power Station

 Have you looked at the London Underground Map for the Northern Line of late?

On the south of the river, the line has sprouted a little spur to Battersea Power station. Trians to Battersea run from Mill Hill East, the little spur at the Northern end of the line. It is interesting to note that if you start the journey at Mill Hill East, you will be starting at the oldest station on the Northern Line and finishing at the newest. The Mill Hill East branch was part of the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway. The Edgware section opened on the 22nd August 1867. This line diverged from what is now the Northern Line at Highgate and headed down to Finsbury Park and Moorgate. The Great Northern Railway and then the LNER took over the service. It was a mainline railway, with goods yards for freight at most stations. In 1939, the station shut as a mainline rail station and reopened as the Northern Line. Mainline freight trains served the line until 1962. One of the major income streams of the line was the large gas works at Mill Hill East. This processed coal and made town gas. Locals would buy coal and coke from the depot. There were large gasometers on the site. This picture of the site in 1926, from the Mill Hill Preservation Society website gives some idea of the scale of the works



A Pathe Film showing city workers breaking the strike at the Gasworks is a fascinating reminder of times gone by. The Mill Hill gasworks was a hugely important part of our industrial heritage. Without power, there would be no mass development. Guest blogger Richard Wilkinson contributed some amazing memories of the gasworks in one of his blogs /memories-of-lost-mill-hill 

Mill Hill smelled very different in that bygone era, especially in Winter. Coal was king.  These days, if we are cold, we simply turn up the heating. My memories of growing up are memories of being cold and gathering around coal fires to warm up in the living room, or around the stove in the kitchen. One of the lessons of the day was that there is a cost to being warm. As kids, we'd be despatched to collect coal from the merchant at Mill Hill East. We had an old pram that we'd load up. You could get the coalman to deliver, but this cost money, so when times were hard, you'd collect it from the depot, for us this was by the gas works in Mill Hill East. If there was a sudden cold spell and you ran out of coal, then you faced a long walk, usually in the rain or snow to get a top up. 

The railways and gasworks were what lead to the development of Mill Hill in the Victorian era and the early part of the 20th century. 

The gasworks closed, this picture on the MHPS website shows the gasometer being dismantled.

The Gasworks site has now been completely redeveloped. There is a large housing estate, a Waitrose and a Virgin Active gym on the site. I have struggled to find a single piece of the old industrial site left.  The Borough of Barnet has an amazing industrial history. Sadly, the local authority see this as something to be smashed to smithereens and onbliterated. Many of the residents living on the site of the Gasworks probably have no knowledge of the previous use of the site and it's importance in the development of the area. Some people may say "What aesthetic value do old gasometers and industrial buildings have?". I'd suggest that you have a look at the redeveloped gasometers at Kings Cross, as to the rest of the site, that little spur to the south of the river gives a clue. Yesterday, I did the pilgrimmage from Mill Hill to Battersea. 

The coal trains that supplied the 10,000 tons that the station burnt a week passed through Mill Hill on the Midland mainline, past my back garden. They would branch off at Cricklewood, down the Dudden Hill Line, linking up with what is now the London Overground, to south of the River and Battersea. I had a query on the Robert Elms show and I was delighted to learn that the iconic 60's film Alfie has one of these coal trains in the background of one such scene. 

We made a day of it. The new station at Battersea is quite nice and shiny, unlike most of the line. 


Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station

When you emerge from the station, you are confronted by the impressive site of the Power Station and the new flats.


Battersea Power Station

The last time I had visited the Power Staion was as a naughty teenager in around 1975. Myself and a few mates got a red bus rover and spent the day touring London causing naughtyness. I can recall visiting the Powerstation. We found a hole in the fence. It was dirty, smokey and very industrial. We were eventually chased our when someone spotted us. There was all manner of old industrial artefacts lying around and everything was covered in soot. 

Now it is spotless. As we approached, the scale of the magnificent building became apparent. 


Battersea Power Station The isnide is now quite glitzy although many of the units have not been let yet.


Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station


MAny of the original details have been retained and incorporated into the new use, which is wonderful


Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station

We paid the £20 and took the elevator up to the top of the Chimney, with it's panoramic views of London. I love such sights, so for me it was money well spent.


Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station

Outside there is a small market, skating ring and other small funfair rides, ideal for smaller children


Battersea Power Station

The whole area was rather busy, which was good to see. There are shops, bars and restaurants, which were busy. We had a pleasant couple of glasses of wine at Vagabond which I rather enjoyed. The whole journey to/from Mill Hill was less than 45 minutes door to door,

What struck me when I visited Battersea was how it was an exercise in how to do a development well from an architectural and cultural perspective (although the number of affordable homes leaves a lot to be desired). They have maintained the history of the area, they have added new transport links, with the station on the Northern Line and they have funky new designs for the flats. There are things for children to do and you have a feeling of place. 

The development in Mill Hill East is quite the opposite. The one pub near the station has been turned into flats. The industrial heritage has been obliterated. Every sign of the gasworks has gone. The service from Mill Hill East is patchy, despite a plan for nearly 2,500 new homes in the area. Like just about every development in the Borough of Barnet, it is faceless, bland and generic. There is so much to learn from how the developers of Battersea, Kings Cross and other such sites use the local buildings and heritage to add value to the area. You may well say that "Mill Hill East gasworks was never an iconic site in the way Battersea Power station was". My response is that how will anyone know how important the manufacture of Town Gas was in the development of London if we destroy every trace that it ever existed. If they'd maintantained a few buildings and repurposed them, maybe Barnet would be somewhere that people actually considered worth a visit and interesting.  You may ask why I haven't mentioned the Inglis Barracks and the Military History of Mill Hill East in this episode. The reason is that I am concentration on the differing fates of the power industry legacy at both sites. The military history is a different story completely. 

Footnote:

You may have noticed that all of the pictures etc of Mill Hill East are historic and all of the pictures of Battersea are contemporary. Why? Well I wanted to make the point that it is well worth a trip to Battersea to see the Powerstations and lean of its history. If you want to know anout Mill Hill east, you'll have to read a blog.

And we finish with some music. The photo of the front cover of Quark, Strangeness and Charm was taken in the control room of Battersea Power Station. Huw Lloyd Langton of Hawkwind was a Hendon resident and recorded two albums at Mill Hill Music Complex


The Barnet Eye Advent Calendar - 3rd December

Today is day two of the Barnet Eye Advent Calendar. This series will run every day until Xmas day. If you are interested in the history of our community, then hopefully you'll enjoy it. We will give you a little snippet of our love our neighbourhood and we'll also feature a link to a great local charity, so if you are inspired, you can do your bit and make this festive season a little better for someone who may just appreciate some help.

So it's day three of the calendar and it's the first Saturday of Advent, so I guess we all need a little boogie. What better way to start a Saturday than with The Burnt Oak Boogie? Enjoy this little trip through the HA8 postcode with The False Dots. Since this was released it's had 3,500 views which is a quarter the population of Burnt Oak!



And our local charity is one that is especially active at this time of the year in Burnt Oak and Mill Hill. 



They do great work, especially with the elderly population of Burnt Oak and Mill Hill - www.thegoodneighbourschememhbo.org.uk/ - At this time of year they do stirling work enuring people are not lonely.  Follow them on Twitter twitter.com/NeighboursMHBO - If you have a few hours or a few quid spare, why not help them out



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Friday, 2 December 2022

The Barnet Eye Advent Calendar - 2nd December

Today is day two of the Barnet Eye Advent Calendar. This series will run every day until Xmas day.  If you are interested in the history of our community, then hopefully you'll enjoy it. We will give you a little snippet of our love our neighbourhood and we'll also feature a link to a great local charity, so if you are inspired, you can do your bit and make this festive season a little better for someone who may just appreciate some help.

Today we are featuring Colindale. Back in 1951, Colindale lead the world. Checkout this British Pathe film from 1951 about the British Museum Newspaper Library at Colindale.

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/micro-film-newspapers/query/Colindale






Sadly the Newspaper Library left the Colindale and the Borough a few years ago. The fine building was recently knocked down So in homage to this great institution, Todays Charity is the Colindale foodbank. Sadly foodbanks have become a feature of Great Britain in 2022.  For many, they are needed more than ever

Whilst I think this is truly awful, we cannot bury our heads in the sand, The Trussell Trust sponsor the Colindale foodbank. Food and sanitary products are collected and distributed to people in our community in dire need. 

I can think of nothing more in the true spirit of Xmas than a donation to the Colindale foodbank, check their for full details website - http://colindale.foodbank.org.uk/ - Please drop off tea, coffee, dried food (pasta, rice, etc), tinned food (soup, veg, Meat & Fish), biscuits, Jam etc.   Please help.
Check out their amazing work in this video we made.

 

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Do you have a story and a Charity in your neighbourhood? Why not submit a guest blog to tell us the story? We need a Gem to share and a Charity to help.  



Thursday, 1 December 2022

The Barnet Eye Advent Calendar - 1st December - A real Cracker!

 Advent is here! Once more, The Barnet Eye is giving you a daily treat. All you have to do is open the page. You will get a daily surprise. Regular, long time readers will be familar with the series. In past years, I've shared all manner of great videos and promoted local charities, so if you feel like you want to share the love this Xmas, hopefully you will get a few ideas.

This year, I've decided to bend the rules a little bit. Not every video will be Barnet related. This is not because there isn't lots of great content, but because, there are a few truly wonderful videos that I really want to share and can't if I stick to the constraints of years gone by. 

So on to this year's treats. Regular readers will know that I regularly drive up to Manchester. Many doubtless imagine that I blast our punk rock on the stereo coming home. Actually, you couldn't be more wrong. I usually listen to TED talks. An interesting lecture will keep you awake in a way music doesn't.

As a dyslexic, I've always struggled massively with language and grammar and linguistic concepts. I came across this talk, back in 2012. It is by an amazing guy, a Vietnamese refugee who became a language teacher. He is the first person who ever managed to explain the concept of the subjunctive in both an interesting and engaging manner. Of all the TED talks I've listened to, this is far and away the best, so this is my gift to you. Please watch it, you won't be disappointed (I'm not on commission).


And as ever, we have a charity plug as well.

We start with a charity run by a good mate of mine, Ginger Meadham. After a brush with the Big C, as a drummer in a Psychobilly band (frantic 50's style rockabilly for want of a better description), he set up a charity called Psychobilly Kicks back, to raise money for cancer charity Cherry Lodge Cancer Care. They have a mini festival and a charity EP coming out, please support them.  - 


https://www.psychobillykicksback.com/ 

Only 24 more days to go!


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10 Things Matt Hancock should do to rebuild public trust.

Ten years ago today, I published a ten point plan for Brian Coleman to rebuild his shattered political career. Sadly for Brian, he didn't listen and now has a career as an LBC rent-a-gob when everyone else is busy. I got to thinking about disgraced health minister Matt Hancock. He went into the jungle to allegedly 'seek forgiveness'. As best I can see, beyond lining his pocket, he achieved very little. All he really managed to do was persuade the people of his constituency that he's not actually that interested in them.

But there is always hope. He could properly repent. Would it save him? I don't know but at least it would rehabilitate his public image.


1. Own up to your sins, admit you were completely wrong and accept your punishment like a man with good grace. Announce that you will stand down at the next election as you have failed the people of your constituency and the UK. 

2. Take the blame for the numerous cock ups your government made and commit the rest of your career to getting some sort of justice, compensation and closure for those who's lives you ruined.

3. Stop pretending that the mess in the UK is anyone elses fault other than the Conservatives.

4. Next time you want to raise awareness of dyslexia, ask some questions in the commons on the subject, which is your day job and what you are paid to do.

5. If you want to eat kangaroo penis, video yourself doing and stick it on a Just Giving page for the Dyslexia Association, rather than swanning off to Australia and lining your pocket.

6. If you want forgiveness from families who lost loved ones and couldn't mourn, man up, listen to what they have to say and represent them in the commons.

7.  A lot of your mates made a hell of a lot of money out of flogging PPE, tell them to pay it back or you'll spill the beans properly on them.

8. The NHS is chronically understaffed and underfunded. As health secretary, you have culpability. Apologise for your complete and utter failure to address this in your time as a well paid minister.

9. Your ex colleagues in the Conservative party will spend the next two years lying about what a marvellous job they are doing and how much dosh they are putting into the NHS. You are uniquely placed to nail this lie. Do it.

10. Donate the £400,000 you grifted from ITV to the dyslexia charities you claimed you were supporting.

If Matt Hancock did all of these things, we may well think a bit more highly of him. His #ImACelebrity time was all about rebuilding his 'brand' and his 'career'. The Conservative party has shown itself not only to be completely out of touch, but also unrepentent for all of the cock ups they've inflicted on the country in the last few years. Hancock could set an example. After the Profumo affair, John Profumo spent the rest of his days trying to attone for his failures. When he passed away, the obituary writers saw this as an important part of his legacy and he wasn't solely remembered for being a liar with a penchant for call girls. If that matters to Matt Hancock, there is a lesson to learn.

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

The Wednesday Poem - Please Myself & The Barnet Cultural Round Up

Wednesday is the day when we focus on the cultural life of the Borough of Barnet. We give you our pick of forthcoming events etc. But before that we love to publish a poem on a Wednesday. I've just acquired a new CD player, my old one broke down before lock down. I've been playing some old CDs and cathcing up with some old songs by my band. I'd forgotten just how good some sounded. The numbers we are doing now are all new. One that stands out is 'Please Myself', an Allen Ashley composition. It is a great song and possibly the favourite lyrics Allen wrote for the band. 

We posted a live video of this when we played at The Midland Hotel. The sound quality left a bit to be desired, but this was Allen performing with the False Dots at our raucous best!


 

Please myself

All you trolls and haters, with your messages and spam

You won’t say things to our faces, coz your only half a man

All you commentators, trying to set the news

Have you heard the latest, no one’s listening to you

 

Chorus

We don’t need your adulation, we are just our own creation

You won’t find us in the mainstream we’ve been hived off to the slipstream

We’ve been struck off all your playlists whilst running from the bailiffs

I may be hard of hearing but I’ve never heard you cheering

But I did the whole thing just to please myself

Please myself!

 

All you spinning doctors, with your data and your claims

Spinning words to fit your meaning making language just a game

All you corporations turning workers into clones

Writing algorithmic profiles set to fill the sky with drones

 

CH


Smily Dick and Jesus Rabbit you’ve got one chance you’d better grab it

Or you’ll never kick the habit of trashing things you couldn’t dream of achieving


I’ve stopped watching programs, I won’t vote by phone

Catch us in the margins making shows up of our own

All you fashionistas on your Sponsored chatty shows

Brashly lacking substance just the emperors new clothes

CH

And now onto our cultural roundup.

A great way to see in the new year

A wonderful pre Xmas gig in Barnet

Fancy an Xmas Panto? Check out The Grinche's Xmas Adventure at the Bull Theatre, Barnet

https://www.thebulltheatre.com/whats-on








Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Book review - West London Wildlife featuring Darlands Nature Reserve in Barnet

Are you looking for a wonderful Xmas present for a local from Barnet or North West London? If you are, then you may want to consider a new book called West London Wildlife published by Aurora Metro books. There is a whole chapter on the history and wildlife of the Darlands Nature Reserve in Barnet. I should know, I wrote it. Regular readers may have spotted that I wasn't as prolific this year as I've been in most other years and one of the reasons was because I was writing and reasearching for my contribution. I was thrilled to be cold called by Aurora Metro to contribute, as the protection of Darlands has been one of my missions. I was pleased to recommend one of this blogs great friends, Samuel Levy, AKA @FinchleyBirder, to supply the photographs for the contribution. Samuel also provided much of the background to the article, for which I am eternally grateful. We worked together to harness opposition to several planning threats to the reserve last year. 

I've been going to Darlands since I was a child at St Vincents School which is a 10 minute walk away. It was a magical place. The lake still had the old Victorian boating hut back then. We'd collect tadpoles and other flora and fauna and bring them back to the class to identify them. These days, I regularly walk my dogs around the site. It was neglected for decades by Barnet Council, but there is now a conservation trust, who's work I 100% support

Researching the book revealed a fascinating past, I'm not going to give any spoilers away, read the book, but it is an interesting story, well worth a read. 

There is far more to the book than just my small contribution. This book focuses on the green spaces of West London, stretching from Richmond Park to Ruislip Woods, and featuring Bushy Park, London Wetland Centre, Kew Gardens, Gunnersbury Triangle, Crane Park, Chiswick House, Darlands Nature Reserve, Hampstead Heath, Wimbledon Common and the River Thames.

You can find out more at the official book lauch at Books on the Rise, in Richmond on Sat 10th November at 14.30. There is a talk on London's green spaces and the chance to buy the book at a discounted rate.  There is an amazing panel including some of Londons top experts on the subject. It will be well worth a listen

THE PANEL

Ian Alexander has been in love with nature all his life, having at various times been fascinated by lichens, birdwatching, fossils, and dragonflies. He enjoys practical conservation work, gardening, and photographing nature. He lives in Chiswick, blogs about nature, and volunteers at his local nature reserve, Gunnersbury Triangle.

Gary Backler became a member of Friends of the River Crane Environment in 2004, a year after the charity was founded. He has been a Trustee since 2011 and became Chair in 2021. He continues to retain a focus on planning and development issues in the lower Crane valley. In 2012 he set up a programme of regular usage counts of open spaces and paths in the lower Crane, which continues to generate hard data to inform planning and investment decisions.

Wanda Bodnar is a marine geospatial data scientist. She currently works at the Thames Estuary Partnership where she applies spatial data in the context of aquatic habitat conservation, restoration and climate resilience within the Greater Thames Estuary. She also leads stand up paddleboarding (SUP) sessions at a Kew based paddleboarding club called Active360 on the upper Thames Estuary.

Philip Briggs has lived in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames all his life and developed a love of wildlife from an early age. He has volunteered at the WWT London Wetland Centre since 1998, leading wildlife walks and assisting with wildlife monitoring, particularly bats. Since 2003 he has worked for the Bat Conservation Trust where he manages the National Bat Monitoring Programme, a long-running citizen science project.

Susanne Masters
is a botanist specializing in edible plants and their trade around the world. She works with distilleries on ingredient selection and sourcing. Susanne has run workshops and spoken about plants in beverages for organisations including the Boutique Bar Show, Royal Horticultural Society, and Chelsea Physic Garden, Author of Wild Waters and contributor to Kew's Teas, Tonics, and Tipples', she has written features for publications including the New York Times, Guardian. Her academic research on wild species in trade is listed on https://orcid.org

If you want to order the book online - https://www.aurorametro.com/product/west-london-wildlife-book/ -

If you are local to Mill Hill and  want a copy of the book, I can get copies for collection at Mill Hill Music Complex for £14.99, a £5 discount. Please email me at roger@tichborne.org to place your order.

Monday, 28 November 2022

I'm a Celebrity? I'm a cynic, get me out of here!

 I've watched I'm a Celebrity since it started. Back in the days of the early series, my kids were small and my wife rehearses with the BBC Elstree Concert Band on a Monday at BBC Maida Vale studios. so I had time on my hands to watch telly. If there was footie on, I'd watch that then turn over. The first time, I watched it, Clare returned and said "how can you watch that rubbish?", watched the last half hour and then was hooked. 

I was listening to Tony Blackburn, the first King of The Jungle and what he said pretty much what I think. I don't enjoy watching Bush Tucker Trials where disgusting things are eaten, I find it repulsive. I do enjoy some of the Dingo Dollar challenges, where celebrities have to perform tasks. I mostly enjoy the conversations. 

This year I felt a bit different about it. Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was one of the contestants. I have no problem with sitting MP's taking part, it is actually a good thing to see that they are human beings. I do however have an issue with Mr Hancock. Regular readers will know that my aunt passed away in March 2020 of covid. We couldn't attend her funeral. That hurt. Whilst we grieved, Mr Hancock was banging his secretary in the cupboard, in breach of the rules. Now I don't really blame him, he's human. We work with people and this sort of thing happens. But then I found out he was being paid £400,000 to appear. That is an obscene amount of money for a man who has behaved in a highly dubious manner. Hancock claimed he was seeking forgiveness and to raise awareness of dyslexia. If he'd donated the cash to Dyslexia awareness, I might buy it, but not a dickybird. Mr Hancock has made a huge sum of money on the back of his notoriety. Which brings us to ITV.

They told us that over 12 million people have voted. That means an income of £6 million, as it's 50p a vote. I didn't get involved, but dozens of my friends have been outraged and voted for the first time last night to prevent Hancock from winning. It seems to me that Hancock generated huge profits for ITV, which was what the game was all about. Being a cynic, I can't help but wonder if ITV have been 'managing Hancock's vote'', knowing his continued presence would generate cash? 

The question that troubles me around Matt Hancock is how personally responsible he was for the thousands of excess, avoidable deaths that occurred in the pandemic. He was health minister and so presumably had a major say in the decisions. Did he overrule scientific advice or was the whole setup unfit for purpose. If he overruled scientists, then he should be charged with corporate manslaughter. If the whole system was not fit for purpose, then the disaster was an accident waiting to happen and dozens are culpable over many years. If I'd been in the jungle, that was the question I'd have asked Hancock. What we need is a proper independent inquiry to answer this question. The cynicism of ITV in recruiting Hancock is the most distasteful thing for me. Personally I'd have preferred it if people had boycotted the voting. That would have sent a strong message. As it is the executives who recruited Hancock are rubbing their hands at a job well done for the ITV shareholders.

Sunday, 27 November 2022

The Tweets of the week in the London Borough of Barnet - 27th November 2022

How has your week been, I had a wonderful week, my Band the False Dots had an amazing time at The Dublin Castle on Wednesday. As a rule I don't post Barneteye tweets here, but I saw this from Mark Amies and as the band had been gigging this week, I thought I'd share an amuzing anecdote with you, I can't believe this happened nearly 30 years ago.


We won't mention the footie though. I'm sure you've been waiting with baited breath to find out what our local tweeters have been up to, so without further ado, here is our round up.

1. There is only one place to start. The sad event of the passing of the legend that was Wilko Johnson, reminded many of us of his amazing appearances at The Torrington, also sadly gone, in Finchley. RIP Wilko, you will be much missed. The last time I saw Wilko was at the Premiere of the Feelgoods film, Oil City Confidential. He did a Feelgoods set, with Alison Moyet on vocals and it was awesome.




2. Next up is  this wonderful thread, about Samuelson's film services in Cricklewood and Hendon. If you are interested in local history, this is a must read


3. Proper blokes have mental health challenges. And proper blokes help each other through them


4. Ever thought of vounteering? Well if you have, this may be of interest


5. Footballing legend David Johnson passed away this week. I was thrilled to see this picture of him at Spurs old training groung on Page St. RIP to a legend


6. A great picture from a good mate of this blog

7. Fancy some great theatre on your doorstep


8. Have to give a shout out to these lovely lads, who played with us at The Dublin Castle in Camden on Wednesday. If you get a chance, go and see them play. They are at The Spice of Life in Soho on Weds 30th November. One of the great things about being a musician is that when you gig, you meet lovely people.


9. Nice pic of Mill Hill Broadway in the rain


10. And a top tip for all you aspiring musicians


That's all folks!

Saturday, 26 November 2022

The Saturday List #387 - 10 interesting architectural features you've never noticed on Mill Hill Broadway

 Sometimes you walk past things a thousand times, but never look at them. I've lived in Mill Hill all my life, I walk down Mill Hill Broadway every day, but rarely do I raise my eyes above street level. Recently I've become interested in the architectural details on the buildings on the Broadway. The Broadway was largely built between 1908 and 1935 and at the time architects and builders would make an effort to make their buildings attractive and unique. It almost seems strange to think that they'd spend so much time, money and effort on these details that only the pigeons appreciate. I was tempted to include some old pictures, but didn't as I want people to appreciate the craftmanship and not look for passing rellies or old cars in the pictures. Maybe in 50 years, people may do that to these though.

Here is my little gallery of what I think are the best of them. I hope you enjoy this.

1. Lets start with the top of the Broadway on the south side. I love this date marker, giving the year of 1910. I suspect that at the time this building, just down the road from the station was state of the art. Now it is rather quaint


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2. Next up is Costa Coffee. I wonder how many of the patrons ever look up at the rather wonderful Brickwork at the top of the building, around the roofing and the porthole window. These features require skilled bricklayers.


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3. NExt up we have Boots. This has perhaps my favourite features. If you look above the ugly signage it is rather wonderful with the lead doming and features, rather a shame that it could do with some TLC, but next time you pass, have a look


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4. Above Petmania, there is some fancy brickwork and a stone marker with CLM 1934, I'd love to know what that stood for


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5. Tesco's Express at street level looks like thousands of other similar branches. I wonder how many have such fancy brickwork above the windows of the upper floor. I love these little details, understated and tasteful


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6. Pan Asian restaurant BAW is another one with some rather pleasing fancy brickwork above it, blended with the Mock Tudor style popular in the late 1920's. Again a lot of effort for something most people won't even see


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7. HC Med Spa has some nice details in the Brickwork above the upper storey windows. I did a Bricklaying course as a teenager so I appreciate these details.


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8. Domino's Pizza used to be a Branch of Lloyds bank and was built in 1925. There is still this artefact


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9. One of the most attractive smaller units is Gails bakery. There are several pleasing features to inspect


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10. And finally, above Cosways, is Clarence Court. It's worth taking a 113 bus past it just to get a better view of the wonderful edifice. It would be wonderful to see this properly cleaned up.


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