Jen Pedler

Jen Pedler

Posted on 05/30/2013


Photo taken on May 12, 2013


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Note to gwlers:
This isn't as obscure as it may seem at first glance. In fact, it's unique in London so anyone who knows it will get it very quickly.
(And it's also quite near the silver birches I've also got in the pool at the moment)

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benastrada
benastrada
This is a guess: I thought this could be a stretch of roman paving / cobblestones. Since old roman roads are referred to as 'watling roads' I'll go for 'Watling Street', a little east from St Paul's cathedral?
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Jen Pedler
Jen Pedler
I can see the rationale but no. Not Roman and also not stone...
You might get a further clue if you look at the silver birches also in the pool.
4 years ago.
Jim Stokoe
Jim Stokoe
Are the "stones" wood and is this Chequer Street?
4 years ago.
Jen Pedler
Jen Pedler
Indeed 'tis, Jim. Well done. Fascinating that it's the only wood paved street in London. There were apparently quite a lot before the war. The ones that got damaged by bombing apparently made good firewood...
(The pool is diminishing rapidly. Will have to find replenishment...)
4 years ago.
Adrian Grepnold
Adrian Grepnold
I never knew that, and I go past quite regularly. Mind you, I noticed when a chunk of asphalt came off in Kilburn High Road that there were wood blocks underneath. Was it done for noise reduction? I seem to recall that streets outside hospitals had rubber on them in the days of horse buses.
4 years ago.
Jen Pedler
Jen Pedler
It would have been a quieter surface but I think also it was safer as horses were less likely to slip. Drawback was it was difficult to clean and absorbed a lot of dirt, including oil once there was motorised transport. That, of course, increased its effectiveness as firewood!
Fascinating area round there. I've been asked to do a guided walk for a conference in October and this will be included in it.
(Interesting about Kilburn High Rd. Wonder how much more of this there is that's covered up by tarmac?)
4 years ago.
benastrada
benastrada
Well done Jim! This is absolutely fascinating... and quite scary to imagine what could have happened if a fire had started...
4 years ago.
Jim Stokoe
Jim Stokoe
Cheers. I think london lost quite a lot of wooden road blocks when the tramlines were removed. I can just about remember piles of them when Battersea Park Road had them removed.
4 years ago.
Jen Pedler
Jen Pedler
London wooden block paving: discuss!
Yet another thing that warrants further investigation...
4 years ago.