On our way to take a schedule of condition ion Stoke Newington we noticed the plaque below on a building locating it as the site of the first bomb to be dropped in London during the first world war. More information here which also suggests that the raid resulted in civilian losses.
Following last week post about leasehold management campaigns we noticed more people getting in on the act although this is a more commercial approach – an interesting concept from a firm called Urban Owners though – we would be interested to learn quite how their case studies add up but we think there model may have some mileage for quite a few of the blocks we see.
A campaign to save the Cleveland Street Workhouse, we have not being aware of this until it turned up on a bit of a web surf but as enthusiasts for old functional buildings that tell a tale we like it. Urban Regeneration is an often badly applied term for knocking down the old and building new – “luxury” [aren’t they all!] apartments in this case.
“The Cleveland Street workhouse was originally built in 1775 and it is the best preserved Georgian era workhouse in Central London, one of only three remaining in the Capital… The Cleveland Street Workhouse has survived largely unchanged since the Georgian era. Its austere appearance is a rare testimony to the bleak and utilitarian institution it was designed to be. Its back yard was a graveyard for the poor, full of dead to a depth of at least 20 feet”
And finally, an article about Lookers Huts on the Romney Marsh, right next to our offices in Hythe. Not sure we will ever end up surveying them but they to are functional old buildings threatened with extinction. [image below by Mark Duncan