In weather reminiscent of the opening passage of Dance I walked upstream to Richmond on Monday morning. The white notices on these trees are Preservation Orders dated last month. Does this mean every tree will have to sport a white badge if it’s not to be chopped down?
The barrier was lowered at Richmond Lock. It is an impressive bit of engineering, indeed the chief engineer took out sevent patents relating to the sluices, etc.
The supervisor of the toll booth had a cosy cabin on the south side of the bridge and you can see the remains of the turnstile where pedestrians spent a penny to cross the river.
I looked more closely at Asgill House, as I now know it’s called, and found this self-explanatory but interesting stone tablet set into a wall.
Later I noticed this almost finished building by the tracks of the District line in West Kensington. I guess it is for signalling or electricity but I am ignorant about so many of the day to day services I use and can only be grateful that other people make them work.
Under some arches by the towpath approaching Richmond Bridge there are a few studios and shops. One makes and sells pottery.
These are by Christina Gascoigne, married to Bamber. The postcard in the bottom right corner of the picture is their house, West Horsley Place, new home to Grange Park Opera. It’s a pity that my minimalist kitchen is much too chockers to accomodate any of her deceptively simple work.