Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Disappearing Water Trough...

So this is my second day at the Building Exploratory and so far it has been an absolute joy! Its great to finally do some research into things that really interest me. Yesterday I began looking into designing a workshop to help raise awareness about environment, legacy and sustainability issues surrounding the Olympic park after the games. The workshop will be aimed at children in key stage 3, so hopefully I can remember what interested me at that age! I find this issue particularly relevant, not just because we have the actual games in 9 days (beware going on public transport!) but because my footy team is west ham and they want to take over and re design the stadium after the games. Today though, i was looking at something a bit more local and looking more at the past of london, than the future. As part of the 'My Haggerston' project which involves the recording and research of significant buildings in Haggerston for the benefit of an online source, my task was to find um... a postbox and a water trough?           Although I had doubts as to whether these were significant or even buildings, my research revealed an interesting insight into the history of our iconic Red boxes and the importance of the water troughs to the growth of London's industry. On my exploration the telephone box on the end of Queensbridge road was easy to find although I did feel like a bit of a tourist in taking a picture of it! The water trough on the other hand, would prove more challenging. This particular trough should not have been that hard to find; a large granite structure inscribed with 'thou should be kind to thine animals' would normally stand out on a London street. However after a long search down Yorkton street I concluded that it was nowhere to be found. Perhaps I did miss it but at the moment the mystery of the disappearing trough is one that is yet to be solved...

More next time!

(If seen please return to Yorkton road E2...)


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