Okay, they’re not an eyesore or anything – I’m indifferent to their design – but what are they for? Stephen spotted these new gates a week or so ago, and they had just been installed, but even the gallery assistants didn’t seem to know why.
I’d have thought crowd control – except surely you don’t really get surging masses of continental teenagers up there, hellbent on mayhem, do you? I mean – not the kind of hordes you’d need to justify heavy duty gates like this. I know Flamsteed House is a hotbed of excitement, but surely you don’t get enough punchups over who gets to straddle the Meridian Line first to make these worthwhile. They don’t join up so they’re not for keeping people out, and there’s plenty of space for a vehicle to get round so it can’t be to stop cars getting in.
Obviously I’m not outraged or anything, I’m just curious…
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