A quick look at Deptford High Street on a Saturday afternoon in June.
The most visible remaining symbol of Greenwich peninsula’s industrial past is moving closer to demolition. As I understand it, the owners wish (and have permission) to demolish it for future development, Historic England have refused to list it, national government backs the developers, and Greenwich council has taken its eye off the ball by approving plans for demolition rather than upholding its own Planning Policy brief, which says “Proposals should respect and respond to the industrial character of the area as a means of relating new development to the local context. In particular, development should build on the heritage value of the gas holder to enhance the character and distinctiveness of the area”.
In my view its a hugely wasted opportunity to maintain an historic feature of the local skyline.
There’s a petition to save it from demolition here: https://www.change.org/p/royal-borough-of-greenwich-southern-gas-networks-save-the-nationally-important-east-greenwich-gas-holder-from-demolition.
A belated look at this year’s incredible blossom display in my neighbourhood (an effect of particularly cold weather followed quickly by very hot weather? I don’t know, I’m not a scientist).
Seen on a short walk to the Vanbrugh Tavern, travelling in the hope of seeing Newcastle United beat Everton and leapfrog them in the league. It wasn’t to be, but the beer was nice and the company good.
And here’s a bonus shot of the amazing double-blossom tree at Blackheath Standard by night (is there a name for the phenomenon where a tree produces two different coloured blossoms?):
Two shots taken late afternoon from Greenwich Park, before the sunset really started.
Both pictures were taken on my new Fuji Xt20 which arrived on Saturday. My first impressions from the weekend’s shooting are very positive indeed: I’ve loved my XT-10 but this is quicker to focus, quicker to start up, and the files are – as you’d expect from 24mp vs 16mp – bigger and richer. I’m quite excited by the possibilities.
Here’s a bonus shot of Deptford Creek taken with it on Saturday afternoon.
Not exactly proper urbex (the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust kindly let me in to have a look), but here are some pics taken yesterday inside Charlton’s (probably) Inigo Jones-design Summer House. Converted to public toilets and unused since the early 1990’s, the Summer House is now under restoration; full story on the Charlton Champion.
Some product photos taken for Fiona Veacock Ceramics on a warm, damp, post-General Election morning in June. You can find out more about – and buy – Fiona Veacock Ceramics here, or see more from the shoot here.
If you’re an artist/craftsperson and need product photos for your marketing and publicity, I’d love to hear from you – get in touch!
A Friday morning nose around Woolwich Public Market. It’s a pretty sorry site: mostly abandoned and semi-derelict, a few stalls clinging on by the front entrance, and all ultimately awaiting demolition for the Spray Street redevelopment. There were briefly plans to turn it into a street food market in the interim, but these fell away pretty quickly; a shame, as the space (once cleaned up!) would have been perfect for it, and would have given people a much-needed reason to visit and spend money in Woolwich town centre.
Click here to see the full set of Woolwich Public Market photos.