Posts Tagged ‘battersea power station’

This year's pumpkin - a tribute to Battersea Power Station.


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Battersea A (completed in 1934) was fitted out with Art Deco control rooms, polished parquet floors and an Italian marble turbine hall. One Hyde Park can GTFO.

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Recent Battersea finds:

Bits and pieces. Some of these patterns are rather lurid.

A few larger, sturdier pieces (planters?), bits of plate, tiles and some good ole London clay pipe stems.

Piece de resistance: a fully intact 'Doulton Lambeth' ink bottle.

I saw this little treasure peeking out of the dirt and was amazed when it came out in one piece.  Doulton ink bottles date from 1850-1890.  Based on the mark, this one is probably 1860s.  Bulkier bottles like this would have been used to top up ink wells in school desks or fancy writing sets.  Or sit on a windowsill next to a chili plant.  Well…that’s what it’ll be doing in my flat, at least.

For more Battersea Park finds, click here.

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Screen print of a comfortable subject.

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When the weather’s nice, Sam and I indulge in our favourite pass time: checking out weird industrial sites.  Fortuitously (and, perhaps, not so coincidentally), we happen to live in southwest London.  All the most intriguing abandoned, semi-derelict and plain inexplicable factories, warehouses, goods yards and the like are at our doorstep.  Take Nine Elms (the area surrounding Battersea Power Station), for example.  A tribute to Victorian light industry wound around brick railway arches and decaying docks, Nine Elms retains a gritty, blue collar feel that will probably be destroyed by over-development within the next five years or so.

Before that happens, here’s an old depot:


And some disused railway arches:


Nine Elms Pier just doesn’t feel right.  Barges and houseboats…


…next to cement works and recycling plants.


There’s even some creepy artwork.  This gem is called ‘Father Thames’ and was actually commissioned by someone.


The abandoned TSO building on Nine Elms Lane has been the topic of some speculation recently.  TSO (The Stationery Office) was originally called HMSO (Her Majesty’s Stationery Office).  Formerly a secure facility for the printing of top secret government documents, it’s widely assumed that TSO is the future site of the new American Embassy.


They might want to clean it up a bit first.


This viaduct sports an old British Rail ‘double arrow’:


Near some workshops along the tracks, we made an interesting discovery:


A giant iron pig–perhaps some kind of mold?  Note the equally incongruous electric chair to the left.


This ornately decorated derelict building:


had a creepy back yard.








Thanks for coming out, Nine Elms.  We’ll be seeing you again soon…we live right down the road.

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