Move Along, Folks…Nothing to See Here.
Is it a conspiracy? Almost certainly not.
Am I overreacting? I am sure of it.
Is it just the tiniest bit fishy? Yeah, maybe, perhaps just a bit.
The University of Greenwich, in constructing their new Architecture School in Stockwell Street have (apart from choosing a rather dull set of plans) done absolutely everything right by the ancient site they’re building on. They’ve had a proper dig and published the results, carefully logging and preserving anything good they found. I’m looking forward to seeing it all displayed at some point.
But when a Greenwich.co.uk reader saw some arches that had been newly-revealed by the diggers the day before yesterday, Rob was curious to know what they were (well, wouldn’t anyone be…)
He told me that the University reckon they’re just from the 1920s, that they’re not of any particular interest but that they’ve taken some pictures for posterity.
I’m sure the arches are indeed unexciting. I don’t know enough (or indeed anything) about the history of brickwork to be able to tell. But when several people thought that the arches looked older than 20th century, presumably because of the size of the bricks, Rob thought he’d go down and take a look. He was, however, prevented from seeing the arches because the contractors had not-at-all-subtly covered them up – with some large bits of rubble in front of one and a couple of metal drums in front of the other.
Of course it would be hugely inconvenient to find anything that needed proper investigation at this stage in the building. Not to mention expensive.
But why bother covering up something that is so uninteresting?