Greenwich Ironmongery (1)

Start of yet another occasional series today, folks. Those funny little bits of ironmongery you see knocking around Greenwich – bits of old shops, pubs or industries – that are the sole reminders of what went on before.

I’m starting with this – the lovely-but-when-you-come-to-think-about-it-darned-odd Ship’s Wheel over Starbucks in Greenwich Church Street.

I know Starbucks only arrived a couple of years ago, but my mind is hazing over. What was this beforehand? It wasn’t the coins & medals shop; that was further up…

No – my mind is a blank. But this fine piece of curly wrought iron must have meant something not so long ago and – whatever – I’m glad it’s still there.

Can anyone help a Phantom out here?

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