Clouds scudding across the sky as seen from Hanwell

Winter clouds

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An angel in a foggy Hanwell cemetery

Angel

I took this in December 2013 on a particularly foggy day. I just happened to be walking by the cemetery when I had the notion the fog might be doing something special inside.

This is the City of Westminster cemetery on the south side of the Uxbridge road.

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Looking south down Boston Road from Rosebank Road bus stop

Looking south

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Hanwell Ambulance Station entrance

Hanwell Ambulance Station

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Anonymous in south Hanwell

V for Vendetta

A stencil of V’s anonymous mask from V for Vendetta on the hairdresser’s frontage on Haslemere Avenue in south Hanwell.

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The Fox Inn is being redecorated

The Fox pub

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Malabar Court

Malabar Court on the White City estate in Shepherd’s Bush was completed in 1966 and was designed by Noel Moffett. I would make a reasonable guess that the hexagonal rooms look better from the outside than they work in practical terms on the inside.

Malabar Court
Malabar Court
Malabar Court
Malabar Court
Malabar Court

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A sign for the most famous pub in Hanwell

The Fox pub sign on the canal

The Fox is at the foot of Green Lane.

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Björk tree on Osterley Park View Road

Birch tree

This photograph of a bare birch tree on Osterley Park View Road that I took yesterday already has 141 views on Flickr. I have no idea why. It’s not that good!

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Craigbank

In the early 1950s, my gran and papa volunteered to leave their Victorian tenement in White Street, Partick to move to a new council estate on the outskirts of the city of Glasgow in an area called Nitshill. The estate was called Craigbank and they moved to 35 Newfield Square which overlooked a bowling green. They moved in in May 1951 when my mum had just turned seventeen. The flat had three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. It had central heating and hot water. It was so much better than the two roomed (plus kitchen) cold water flat they had lived in even if that had had an indoor toilet. This isn’t 35 but it is very close by.

Site of 35 Newfield Square

Bowling green

Fence

Of course, White Street is now utterly desirable, the sandstone has been scrubbed clean of its blackness and is now a gorgeous red, and it is still standing. Whereas, Newfield Square and the rest of Craigbank has been demolished and seemingly abandoned. I don’t know how it happened but the area stopped being a nice place and by the time my gran was widowed she was happy to move to Shettleston. It deteriorated further and it appears that demolition was the best thing for it.

I lived with my mum, gran and papa for six months or so while my dad was on exercises and I attended Levern Primary School on Drumbeg Drive/Prestwick Street. That too has been demolished and since 1998 has been left to itself. Saplings are now well over six feet and if nothing is done there will soon be a wood where there was a playground.

Levern Primary School

Levern Primary School

Levern Primary School

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