In this occasional series on London plaques, the first remembers John Peake Knight, an engineer from Nottingham who was a railway manager and inventor of the world’s first traffic lights.
Another semi-regular series here, featuring sculptures I’ve admired on my walks around London.
Just across from the Houses of Parliament in the Old Palace Yard is the Golden Jubilee Sundial. This was a gift from Parliament to the Queen to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. It is an analemmatic sundial which means it is horizontal and has a vertical gnomon (the part of the sundial that casts a shadow) – in this case the head of the person standing on the appropriate dateline.
One of the things I keep an eye out for on my travels is plaques, be they official blue or green or otherwise, and London has an abundance of them. Often I’ll recognise the name even if I don’t know a lot about them but I’ll also stumble across an intriguing plaque that leads me to do more research. As such this will be a continuing series, focusing on plaques found in London and the history behind them, from the well-known to the more obscure.
I very rarely take photos of tube stations when I’m down in London as usually I’m too busy heading away from them or the exits are too crowded for me to want to wade through to get a good photo. That being said sometimes I do manage it and this is the first in an occasional series, amalgamating several trips to London.
There are more than 400 public artworks in the City of Westminster, and this post explores just a small fraction of those which I photographed on my last visit to London. The first is the Monument to the Women of World War II which effectively displays the different jobs women undertook during the war, represented by the different uniforms they would have worn. Designed by John W Mills and unveiled by the Queen in 2005, the writing on the side is the same font as that used on war-time ration books.
Whenever I travel anywhere I always take photos of buildings and statues that catch my eye without necessarily realising what their significance is at the time. This was the case with the Supreme Court building, where I started taking photos of the beautiful friezes around the outside before realising quite where I was.
As the name suggests this particular branch of Lloyd’s Bank is on Fleet Street, opposite the Royal Courts of Justice. It caught my eye as I was taking photos of the courts because of the sumptuously designed entrance way, so I took a detour to explore the building further.
The Punch Tavern is a Grade II listed pub on Fleet Street that caught my eye as I was passing because of the impressive sign outside.