Not To Be Taken Away Taken Away

Remember this?

Back in 2009 we were enjoying the many pumps of the Old Royal Naval College that have survived time, tide and enemy action to live dotted aroun various courtyards, hiding in plain sight.

Here it is, in Queen Anne’s Court:

and in case you can’t quite place it, here it is in longshot:

Stephen is quite a fan and has been keeping an eye on them ever since, though for my money the very best bit about these pumps was the sign at the top of this post – a faded, painted note that says ‘Not to be taken away.’

Folks, I have some sad news for you. The sign whose only raison d’etre is to tell us not to take it away has been taken away:

I don’t know why it’s gone; I have written to the ORNC to see if I can find out. Nor do I know why the disappearance of something as tiny as this has saddened me quite so disproportionately this morning.  I hope it will be returned intact very soon.

Until then two small holes and a grey stain are all that remains of a delightful little piece of Greenwich whimsy.


the attachments to this post:

Pump 2011
Pump 2011

not to be taken away
not to be taken away

pump 1
pump 1

pump 2
pump 2


One Comment to “Not To Be Taken Away Taken Away”

  1. Benedict says:

    Noooooooooo! Whomever was responsible for this, obviously couldnt read.
    I was always a big fan of another equally important sign sign that said “Do Not Throw Stones At This Sign”.