I usually write a post to say that we are back from our holiday and resuming our usual daily life. This time, however, I am presented with a slight problem: although we were on holiday, we never actually went away and therefore cannot be said to be back, except perhaps in a metaphorical sense.
Of course, we did go away on day trips, some of which kept us within the boundaries of Greater London and others of which took us further afield, but in saying that I am perhaps getting ahead of myself as I have not yet posted about what we did. I will do so as and when I can find time to catch up on myself, so to speak.
Having an errand to run I took a walk down Amwell Street and took a photo of this building which intrigues me. Once a “Non Ferrous Foundry”, established 1865, it is a private dwelling today and a listed building. The listing includes a couple of houses in the row to the left of the picture and their railings.
The Catholic Church of St Peter and St Paul a few doors down boasts a foundation date of 1835, which gives a ball-park age for the row as a whole. Apart from that, I know nothing about the buildings or about F. Bowman who has left us this fascinating memento of the past.
If you have been following this blog for a while, you may remember the ongoing saga of “The Fungus on the Stairs”, and you may be thinking that the matter has been forgotten. Not so.
I last wrote about this topic on October 6th last year – see Fungus, the saga continues. Quite recently, activity has resumed on repairing the broken and fungus-infected staircase. Compare the photo above and the one below with those taken on October 6th.
They tell me that they have ripped out all the infected woodwork and treated the area in order to eliminate the fungus. I hope that is true because, otherwise, the problem will return and may spread.
Walking around Claremont Square, I was able to renew my acquaintance with this lion. He and his lamp preside over an entry door in a basement. Islington is a good place for lions: you find them all over the place as doorknockers and roof decorations.