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  • Follies

    Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2021 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    folly [ˈfɒli] NOUN A costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park. An architectural structure that isn’t always what it appears to be. The very first folly built c1595 was Sir Thomas Tresham’s triangular shaped Rushton Lodge in Northamptonshire. It is a testament to Tresham’s Roman Catholicism: the number three, ...

  • Little blog about living green walls

    Posted on Monday, July 12, 2021 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    Slightly obsessed with green walls, also known as living walls or vertical gardens. The concept of living walls dates back to 600 BC with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They were described as a remarkable feat of engineering with a series of tiered terraces resting upon cube-shaped pillars, which in turn were filled with trees and lush foliage. ...

  • Funny, bizarre and down-right dangerous design fails.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    Back in the day I manned a new-build show house. The design of the under-stairs cloakroom placed the toilet under a very low sloping ceiling with no head height for the average adult, this little detail was embarrassingly pointed out by just about every viewer! Recently reminded of this flaw I started delving into the numerous funny, bizarre and down-right dangerous design fails from around the ...

  • The man who changed time

    Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    Duly changed the clocks forward an hour on Sunday for the start of British Summer Time (apart from the car, that’ll remain in winter until I remember how to do it), but this year was different because I actually wondered why, who and when this all came about. So here goes, a very brief history of the man who changed time. His name was William Willett, born in 1856 he was a successful builder who ...

  • Historical graffiti has a story to tell.

    Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2021 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    Crude scratches to elaborate tags, graffiti has been knocking around for millennia. The earliest graffiti was created well before written language, the best-known example of this can be seen in the ‘Caves of Hands’ in Argentina which dates back to 5,000 BC and is quite literally hand prints in a cave! Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for 'cave of hands') located in province of Santa Cruz, Argentina. A ...

  • How to view your area's past

    Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    HOW TO VIEW YOUR AREA'S PAST Curious as to what your area looked like back in the late 1800s? Want to compare then with more modern times? I did just that. Very fortunate to have found a fabulous website of old British maps with a free 'search your location' section. There is a nifty map slider tool that allows you to view your chosen location in map form through time, from the Victoria era up to ...

  • Neasden's forgotten history?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    Bit of a trip down memory lane for this month’s blog. My grandad lived all his life in one of the little railway cottages (as they were known) in Quainton Street, Neasden. Poetic license to call them cottages, I remembered a freezing cold, cramped, terraced house with an outside loo! I guess with nostalgic rose-tinted specs on, they did have a certain charm. As kids my brother and I spent every ...

  • English Heritage blue plaques, links people of the past to buildings of the present

    Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2020 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    English Heritage blue plaques – links people from the past with the buildings of the present Yup, I’ve glanced up at those little blue plaques on buildings in London dedicated to someone or another, think I might have even read a few…….…but it’s never actually occurred to me that there must be a story behind each and everyone of them, plus a history to the scheme itself. Turns out in London these ...

  • One surprising upshot from lockdown.....

    Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 by Vickie ClarkNo comments

    During lockdown, if I'm totally honest, out of a desperate need to tweet something vaguely relevant (plus to shake-up ground hog day boredom!) I decided to turn to Google for inspiration. London was top of my surfing list, having lived and worked in this amazing City for a good number of years, I thought I knew her well enough to knock up a couple of architectural points of interest. Turns out I ...

  • Architects online is 20 years old!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by Tim LoftusNo comments

    Architects online is twenty years old in 2020 When Architects online opened its ‘virtual’ doors in April 2000, the internet was still a relatively new idea. Email had become mainstream, but the idea of promoting products and services on a website and linking to that website from marketing material was almost unheard of. Broadband, social media and smart phones were still all in the future. It was ...