MAM ON HIGH
Kinder scout to eggplant all fields in a vision set
A ghostly aftermath from the dry stone wall. Oblivion
And centuries of tradition an accelerated activity
Ploughed and golden a mountainous hill, Mam does not deceive
Miles and miles of beyond from plaque to rage a seething water
Rising will believe it a stone step carrying deeply
From small monument a ridge dips obliquely
A striking wood and skirting tree
landslide collapsed a cavernous reserve from grassy knoll
To mineral forest, leaving a yearning while observing
Nature returning exploding flowers and blurry mowers
Climb and rising will believe it from a dangerous high
A distant vale exposes a ghostly openness dipping
from the modern the trodden path twining whilst constantly
Spotting land dips and slides, oh mother of hills a castle town
Onwards with a multitude of frowns the path so peripatetic …
They say it pays to look up in London, for you never know what unusual sights will greet you from the rooftops.
The Royal Exchange is a case in point a trading house that has been usurped as a posh shopping centre.
Rising rents and high rising buildings…
The landlords of The Royal Exchange are increasing rent, to such exorbitant levels that traditional shops with a long history in both their use and purpose are being forced to move out of the area.
This total disregard for Heritage is something that will be regretted and I presume future generations will look back and ask WHY???
Smokers Paradise is the oldest tobacconist shop in the City of London. They are now situated in Fenchurch Street opposite the Walkie Talkie, having recently moved from their previous address opposite the Bank of England. The shop was established in 1841 and has been a family run business for the last 37 years since 1976. The original shop (above) opposite the Bank of England now lies empty.
The level of High rise development in the heart of the financial district of London is creating havoc to many of its existing retail outlets and thteatens the architectural heritage in the heart of the City.
Going up a futuristic impression of the City of London
Over 100 new new buildings have been proposed for London, but only a small number are actually being built. A total of 119 buildings of 20 storeys or over have been proposed for the capital in the last year, and the number of tall buildings under construction has risen from 70 to 89.
This Glorious indoor market will have a shadow cast over it
Leadenhall Market will become a “lost relic” if plans to build a 73-storey skyscraper next door are approved, conservation experts have warned. The historic covered market will be dwarfed by the £400 million tower, which is set to replace an existing Seventies office block.
More to Come!!!
A skyscraper is set to join the City of London’s world-famous collection of oddly designed buildings with silly names. The Trellis will rival the Shard in height, and overshadow the Gherkin, Walkie-Talkie, Cheesegrater and the Helter Skelter.
The Aviva Tower sits opposite the Gherkin And will be demolished to make way for the gigantic office block. The tower will rise from the rubble of the existing Aviva building at 1 Undershaft.
Detailed plans to build the Trellis City’s tallest skyscraper, which will rival the Shard in height and make it the second tallest tower in Europe have been given the go ahead…
Looking back over the last weeks intresting Tweets in NW3…
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The auld haunt was never the same as when I knew my old friend …
We met in streetcars and knew the pleats, all crevasses and iron complete.
New arrivals lay and gunned to compete
Asteroid belt to sandal strap a seriousness of silence.
The Hermetic seals are broken and the panoptic jar cracked
finite splinters of test always featured breakfast.
See the moon and turn a quick shooting glance, upper lip pout.
A Knave maybe a king and spin the Sun, the roundabout took slide
Careering for any old job, the odd man out got left behind.
Showtime took a reeling motion as words poured meaning.
The shadows were never the same as when I left
The returning cursor showing arched a full stop repeating…
New thought always gathered old dust as the cast left
Shone a bright afterthought of an innuendo
At the end of every street the cart rested, whist the return
Ploughed a Majesty as the sky laid deep, and so it became, the host was always
The guest a co conspirator in Heavens lonely gaze
Wheeling just like a man forbidden to evenings garden
uprooted to extend a streaming flow in a digital age, letters shall glow
A lost click clack never to be repeated, a new friend born to go.
The ride went through cavernous delight. As the ghost writer…
Took to flight and carriages sentenced the first mate.
Farthest out post of lost words, letters lay scattered scintillating
like a peppered spray of silvery mist a bitter path to swallow.
Every one a forbidden protagonist of progression and its sigils
Any despair became forever a foil to scare the paragraph its finale
only now can start again, now that was a blessing, the name never
Again remembered only to be known in memory of that haunted eternity.
Can all be spanning the soul and its girders stretched to a metallic sheen
Thou humble sting of conscious thought a long lost sleep dreaming that old number
That Beastly cry of the little sunshine…
From Hogarth To Constable Artists have always been fascinated by Hampstead and its environs.
Looking South from The Haverstock Hill over London and the much cherished view of Christopher Wrens architectural masterpiece St Paul’s Cathedral. A view painted by John Constable in 1832 (see below) it was called “The White House” or “Sir Richard Steele’s Cottage” which would have been on the right of this picture, it was a solitary building apart from the The Load of Hay Tavern first built in 1721, before the emergence of Belsize Park as we know it today.
The buildings on the left first appeared in a painting by William Hogarth called the “March to Finchley” it is a profoundly allegorical picture with a profound juxtaposition of scene, setting and focus. Using a familiar Covent Garden scene it was set in The Tottenham Court Road looking North towards Finchley you can see the four buildings on Haverstock Hill are still there today. Hogarth knew the notorious Covent Garden coffee owner a Madam who used many aliases and will be remembered as Moll king who lived nearby and built the houses for workers retiring from the vice trade.
John Constable is one of Britain’s best-known artists, loved for his landscapes. His paintings depict an idyllic early 19th Century England.
Before Constable, landscapes featured romanticised views of ruins, mountains or foreign lands. Constable painted nature more truthfully, working mainly outdoors to capture the colours of rural England.
But in Constable’s seemingly tranquil scenes, can the beginnings of new movements in art be identified? Should we now consider him one of art’s revolutionaries?
William Hogarth “The March To Finchley” an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art.
Between 1749/1750 when William Hogarth created this painting, it was just after the second Jacobite Rebellion (1745). Against the backdrop of the uneasy union between Scotland and England.
THIS IS THE MODERN WORLD
As the London skyline gets more cluttered with gravity defying impudence casting dark shadows and the odd glass magnified heat ray the contrast between past and present could not be more stark in comparison. Now is the time to say no to mindless architectural folly. St Paul’s Cathedral is a protected view from eight vantage points around London and the developers try and flout the rules wherever possible.
The shard is a case in point it was never designed to look like it does it simply filled up the the available vacuum of space that did not impede upon the view of St Paul’s. The latest development to blatantly flout the regulations a new 42-storey London skyscraper which could ruin the view of St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s claims it was not consulted before Manhattan Loft Gardens received planning permission to build the tower it would mar the view of the magnificent 17th century landmark seen from King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park.
Hope you have enjoyed the first of a regular series of posts on all matters pertaining to certain numbers in the North Westerly part of our Glorious City and its Worldly Heritage.
A series of prints will be available in A3 & Postcard format in the near future as certain areas are explored both visually and historically.
A MAPZINE PUBLICATION JAN 6 2016
Watch this space…
She ghost of a once proud Teenager, proudly presents the here & now
From Horses to sirens the old clip clop what descending thunder does the old bill bop
So much for fancy thoughts let the horses that became the cars become not our descending arks
Happened to the Lust of remember…
It’s beam like a folly and a march goes on
Oh once proud teenager descending cons ending a ghost like thought