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Today’s walk took me south from the Angel crossroads along Goswell Road to where it meets Old Street and the Clerkenwell Road. The map shows the position of Goswell Road in relation to the Angel tube station, if that means anything to you. (Click for a larger view.)
Some people take their dogs for a walk; I take my camera. I do this firstly because there might be something worth photographing but also because having the camera attached to my belt makes me look at things more carefully, so that I see what I might otherwise miss.
Though it may sound strange coming from a non-drinker, I like pubs, especially old ones. This is because, next to churches (and funnily enough, they are often next to churches), pubs are some of our most ancient and best preserved buildings.
The Hat and Feathers is on the corner of Goswell Road and the Clerkenwell Road. It has a restrained but elegant demeanour and a good solid look to it. The lady stands on a ledge on the third floor. Fortunately, she is not intending to jump but is there to enhance the appeal of the building which, in my opinion, she does very well.
There’s nothing historical about this place, a branch of the London Graphic Centre, but I am obsessive about pens and mechanical pencils and therefore just had to go in. Yes, I bought something… A Pentel Technica-X mechanical pencil, if you really want to know 🙂
It’ll come in handy for doing sudoku in bed at night. (It’s a good way to make myself sleepy.)
Here’s another nice old pub on a corner site, the Ivy House. With its curved wooden benches outside, it looks more like a pub on the village green and one in a city high street.
What about this old place: was it once loved and enjoyed? It seems to have been put to rather mixed use in its time.
Either way, it’s on the way out as there’s a planning application to knock it down and built flats on the site. Well, I suppose homes are needed.
I don’t know the history of this interesting building but I would guess it was once the warehouse of an import-export or shipping company. Why? Because there are four decorative plaques on the front, one to do with the picking of cotton and the rest to do with transport. Today, it occupied by the NHS.
It’s a pity the plaques are so high up as that means I have to photograph them at an angle. Then again, they are safer where they are.
In my final picture below, showing the Angel clocktower, there are two timepieces. Do you see them?
There is the clocktower itself on the right and, at upper left, a rather modernist sundial. Whether by luck or judgement, both seem to be indicating about the same time, 12 noon!