Okay – no prizes for guessing this building belongs to Morden College (sorry about the fuzziness). Why a lion? I have no idea – my only guess is that a turkey would have provoked sniggers among puerile Phantoms. I had a quick look in a couple of Morden College history books with no joy, but Neil Rhind’s bringing out the third in his Blackheath books at some point and I daresay the answer will have nothing to do with gobbling holiday meat.
I’ve often thought of doing a ‘collect ‘em all’, I-Spy-style trail around Greenwich and Blackheath on the various properties that bear the mark of one of the area’s biggest landowners (it’s a slightly weird thought that so much of central Greenwich is actually carved up between two charities). You’d certainly cover a fair amount of ground if you wanted to walk them all in a day.
Most of the proprietorial plaques you’ll find around town take the form of a black circle with a white lion (occasionally painted over) like this:
but I don’t know of another place where the College has built its badge into the very brickwork of one of its portfolio properties.
So folks – where is it? I’ll add a slightly wider angle later today (with, ahem, no accidental clues this time…)
Yes – of course, Dave, you’re right. But I bet not everyone notices the top of a building that looks so dull on the ground floor. Here’s a shot of the whole thing.
It is, like several buildings down Traf Road, quite a handsome fellow if you care to look up.
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