Faded Greenwich (10)

Actually, not so much ‘faded’ but ‘ generally unnoticed,’ there’s nothing faded about the word “Circus” carved high into the house at the entrance to Gloucester Circus – it’s still crisply clear, if you think to look up and find it.

I don’t know if it’s original to Michael Searles’s vision, but I have no reason to believe it’s not, and it’s good to see it so beautifully looked after. It’s actually wrapped around the house’s main chimney, relieving the severity of a wall full of blind windows, which must have always have been so – this was right in the middle of the Window Tax years, so they would have been created thus; it’s sort of fun to think that filled-in windows had become a valid design feature in themselves by that time, filling an otherwise blank wall.

Perhaps because of the way the circus was built, there isn’t a sister word ‘Gloucester’ on the other side, but then maybe it never was intended to be there. I guess it could just be that the buzz-word of the day, ‘circus’ was enough to persuade people they were buying into Modernity.

I’ll come to the house itself another day, but in the meantime, I’m still looking up, just in case I see another curious thing…


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