Holy Trinity Church Hardel Walk
The Big Dig

The spire of Holy Trinity Church seen from Cressingham Gardens.  Split level houses on Hardel Walk. Wild flowers growing adjacent to Brockwell Park on the site of The Big Dig, a London wide project for enthusiastic urban gardeners.

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On Grenfell Tower

December 3rd, 2017

This is not expensive.

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Near the Stags Head I met a man who had moved to London in the early 1970s, having worked as a domestic appliance service engineer in and around the old Byker and got to know it all intimately.

Then he returned to find only the Stags Head and the church down the road standing, he was on his way to the pub with a friend when I ran into him.

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This is not an article, I don’t have time to write one. I enjoyed my walk around Heaton and above is the planning map of C19th housing, much of which I saw.

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I was planning to write this up and perhaps one day I will. But the closer I look the more the subject grows and the less I actually know about the district. You can see my walk above and I met some interesting people but life is taking over and this will have to wait. Likewise Byker. So I’ll leave these notes here for anybody else planning to go.

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Further to Grenfell – Guardian

November 10th, 2017

Click image link – I am Flamingo Wader

Click link for Hatherley Jacobin article.

For clarity I am not opposing the views of the London Fire Brigade that sprinklers save lives, and indeed I would not dream of disagreeing with that simple fact, but in this specific case of concrete high rise tower blocks built to contain a fire inside one flat then sprinklers are not required in my opinion. Once the occupants are outside the flat and have closed the front door the fire will be contained.


Conclusion

For safety in a tower block circulate hot water from a ground floor boiler room – not gas to individual boilers.

My walking route from Sainsburys High Heaton. Yellow pins points of interest, many missed though later research found them.

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Jesmond – research notes

November 8th, 2017

Faulkner, Beacock and Jones (<£10 on Amazon)

A building list in the order in which they appear in the book –  with notes from Pevsner Northumberland when found.

“Jesmond was no more than a village up to the middle of the C19th when it became the residential suburb for the wealthiest inhabitants. The monuments reflect both these aspects.” p254/5 [1]

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IKEA MetroCentre Gateshead has two dwelling layouts the first 25m2 the second 35m2 of which the latter looks bearable habitable space for a single adult. This is the 25m2.

Let’s deal with the inadequate dwelling first. Bear in mind that both dwellings are over furnished because they are laid out in a shop. At least this one (25m2) has the plumbing in one duct i.e. kitchen and bathroom adjacent, not the plumber’s nightmare of the 35m2 which has them on opposite sides of the dwelling.

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The Architects Who Made London with Maxwell Hutchinson:

Series 1

Click the name beneath for the podcast

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Inigo Jones

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By all means go to that page by clicking the image above but if you don’t have access to iTunes on your device or you prefer to simply download the file without going via iTunes then use the list linked below.

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