On Grenfell Tower

December 3rd, 2017

This is not expensive.


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.


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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North Shields in the sunshine

October 20th, 2017

I like North Shields. Its impressive collection of buildings on Howard Street, and along from the ferry to Fish Quay and beyond are ample reason to praise it as one of the most attractive districts of North Tyneside.

I came to know it gradually, firstly Howard Street in fading light at the end of a long day in Hebburn, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Then in bright sunshine three days later one afternoon when the walk East from the ferry along New Quay, past the former Northumberland Arms (aka the Jungle) and then the former Porthole and Golden Fleece (now architects offices) to Union Quay showed the area at its best.

Later up the steps to High Town past the High Light and up Howard Street in the evening sunlight watching the DFDS ferry leave for Amsterdam.

Another look at North Shields

Deepest Tyneside: a trip around North Shields

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A wet walk round Tynemouth

October 20th, 2017

Misty Priory

Below the intention outlined in blue. Above the reality seen through rain. We’ll start with my wet arrival in Tynemouth and come back to the housing search further down the page.

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