A garden in the City of London created from the ruins of a medieval church and a little oasis of peace at any time of day. The first church that stood here was part of a Franciscan monastery and was built in 1306 in the Gothic style.
It was completely destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt in 1687 in a neo-classical style by the great architect Christopher Wren, the tower was added later in 1704.
The church was extremely important especially for the organ and the concerts that were held there. In 1940 during a German bombing the church was almost completely destroyed. Seven other Christopher Wren churches were destroyed the same night. The four walls and the tower remained.
After the war it was decided not to rebuild the church and in 1989 it was transformed into a garden. If you look carefully at what remains of the church, the garden follows what was the architecture of the building. You will see climbing roses instead of columns and other plants indicate where the church pews are.
A piece of Brighton’s West Pier for sale on eBay
A piece of Brighton’s famous West Pier is now for sale starting at £ 850 on eBay. A surviving column that was once part of the West Pier since 1866. This column was the support for the glass windows at the Rotunda at the very end of the pier.
How can this salesman on eBay have a piece of the dock? The answer is simple, parts of the pier had been officially put up for sale to raise the money to restore one of the six original 1866 kiosks that stood on the pier. The item for sale is therefore an authentic piece of pier. Once refurbished, the kiosk will be placed on Brighton’s seafront, not far from where the ruins of the historic pier are located. If you want to buy it you can go here.
The strange Egyptian house in Penzance in Cornwall
In all parts of the world there are always weird things to see and Cornwall is certainly no exception. If you go to Penzance, try to pass by the strange Egyptian house. It was built on Chapel Street by Plymouth architect John Foulston around 1835. At this time everything Egyptian was in fashion. In London at Piccadilly they had built the Egyptian Hall at the same time and the province tried to adapt to trends.
It was a Plymouth bookseller who wanted this house, his name was John Lavin and he had a passion for maps and travel guides but he also traded minerals. He had then bought two properties here, which were in fact two cottages but he wanted to stand out so he had the two buildings join together with a single facade.
In addition to transforming the architecture of the two buildings, he also built a small mineral museum inside. The house still exists now and houses three apartments, it is a listed building. The interesting thing is that it is a precursor of the Art Deco that conquered the world a century later.
The London Underground as you’ve never seen it before
His name is Luke Agbaimoni and he is a London photographer. For four years he has been photographing the London Underground and being a professional he shows it to us as we have never seen it before. While traveling on the tube, we rarely notice the symmetrical passages, historic architecture and new projects. There is truly beauty and poetry in what we have probably never looked at it properly.
For this reason he created a project called Tube Mapper which you can see on his website or on Instagram. On the website, the photos are divided into different categories, from animals on the Tube (where did he find that white cat waiting for the train?) to escalators and the symmetry of the subway.
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