Nautical But Nice (Street Furniture – 5)
There’s huge attention on the Old Royal Naval College and the groovy new Discover Greenwich centre just now. Of course, it opens today, but without some kind of miracle I won’t be making it until at least the weekend (though Darryl at 853 has given it the thumbs-up.)
So I thought I’d dig out some pictures I’ve been meaning to use for ages – of one of my favourite little secret things in the ORNC, that I’m willing to bet 98% of visitors miss.
It’s this splendid lamp over the entrance to the area under the chapel. At first glance it’s just a rather nice bit of wrought iron – but just look at what it depicts:
Then, just in case you were in any doubt as to the real reason for Her Majesty’s Navy, the part where the bracket is attached to the wall takes on some rather more warlike symbolism – tiny cannons and balls.
I have no idea how old this bracket is – whether it was once a gas lantern that’s been adapted for electricity, or a more modern design, but it’s just the kind of attention to detail that makes this place so special and I love it.