Friday, 29 January 2016

St John's Gate

This is an old photo of St John's Gate, Clerkenwell London from the Museum of St John( more about that in a later post). The Museum window is reflected just where the gate used to be.  

 This is how the gate looks today.

Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Hercule Poirot's home

In Charterhouse Square on the boundary of the City of London is this block of art deco apartments.

Some of you might recognise it as 'Whitehaven Mansions', Hercule Poirot's home in the TV series  'Poirot'. Built in the mid 1930s it makes the perfect location for Poirot which is set during that period.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds is a small market town in Suffolk. Named after Edmund the last King of East Anglia who was martyred here at the hands of the Danes in 870AD.

In the centre of the town are the extensive remains of the Abbey which was founded in 1060. It became one of the richest and largest Benedictine monasteries in England. Access to the Abbey church itself was through the Norman Tower(pictured here) which dates from 1120-48.

You enter into the gardens and the first thing you notice are these post medieval houses with a statue of St Edmund in front.

The Abbey was mainly destroyed in the 16th C with the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
It was here in 1214 that King John was persuaded to accept the Charter of Liberties, the forerunner of the Magna Carta.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Lumiere London

Over this weekend a umber of London buildings and streets have been transformed with a variety of light installations by different artists. Last night I went into the West End to have a look. It was bitterly cold but well worth the effort. There are many more installations around London so maybe I'll get to see more over the weekend. Where there's light there is usually a reflection to be found.

 These dresses were in the windows of Liberty's store Regent Street.

Dresses,Tae gon KIM

Keyframes  Groupe LAPS/Thomas Veyssiere

London. Janet Echelman/Studio Echelman

Shaida Walking,2015,  Julian Opie

Front view from Regent Street
 Elephantastic  Top'la Design/Catherine Garret

Back view seen at the other side of the arch in Piccadilly.

Les Lumineoles Porte par le vent

Piccadilly, NOVAK

 The travellers Cedric Le Borgne

Neon Dogs, Deepa Mann-Kier

 Plastic Islands,  Luzinterruptus