We (Friends of Margravine Cemetery) are proud of our slightly faded Green Flag fluttering aloft proudly showing we have won a Green Flag Award. To be fair they dish a lot of these out and not just in London but all over the world. Continue reading Green Flag Day
By and large I enjoy the Honours system; sharing the pleasure that the recipients enjoy (having their swimgloat, as James Lees-Milne would say) but … Continue reading Arise, Sir Richard
I wonder why there are so many sculptures depicting humans and animals or fish? Does the chap paying wrestle with the problem of which to have and then think – I know, I’ll have ’em both? Continue reading Munro Bagging
This memorial is above the stairs leading down to Bethnal Green underground station. Continue reading Stairway to Heaven
If you walk along Pont Street you may have noticed this house opposite St Columba’s Church. Both were built in 1884 but the church was destroyed by a bomb in 1941 and rebuilt in 1955. No 67, known as Farm House, was commissioned by Major General Sir Herbert Stewart KCB but he never lived there. Now No. 67 is home to Knightsbridge School.
If General Stewart looks rather young he is. He died in 1885 aged only forty-one of wounds received on the expedition to relieve Gordon’s garrison at Khartoum. Distinguished enough to merit this bronze memorial in St Paul’s but he has another memorial (fountain) in Hans Place facing Pont Street.
There is a poignant inscription along the base of the memorial:
Also of his son Geoffrey Stewart, Coldstream Guards, killed in action in France, December 22nd 1914 aged 36.
Now for something different. Two friends suggested these items as “stocking fillers”.
I have clipped my miniature compass to my Oyster card case, my friend has his on his watch strap.
Margravine Cemetery has two listed buildings, four listed memorials and two Commonwealth War Commission headstones marking the graves of two holders of the Victoria Cross. Not bad, eh? Continue reading Blake Memorial Cross
Radio 3 is not frightened of being quirky. On Sunday there was six hours of music with no interruptions. Sacred River was introduced by Neil MacGregor at 9.00 am and then flowed along presenter-less until 3.00 pm. Continue reading Morning DJ
We left J L-M’s exploration of Roman architecture at the Tempietto on Thursday. He chooses one more example of the Renaissance style: Palazzo Pietro Massimo alle Colonne. Continue reading Baroque around the Clock
No Plan Like Yours To Study History Wisely is a useful mnemonic: Norman, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover and Windsor. Continue reading The Last Stuarts
It’s not easy to date the opera house in Rome because it has twice been altered. Most recently the facade (not my greatest picture) was re-done in 1958. Prior to that, in the 1920s, there was a substantial make-over. Continue reading Tosca