I've found HOPE - the one I've been looking for. And it was right under my nose. Thanks Simon for the tip off. This one is adjoining the rail bridge over Highgate Road heading north, as you go from Kentish Town towards the Heath. So just a short hop from both the Southampton Arms (closed today, otherwise I might have popped in to celebrate) and Little Green Street.
You can get a sense of this HOPE in its context here (thanks Simon for the photo) - indeed the lettering comes across more boldy from a distance.
Someone has made a fairly determined attempt to remove at least part of it, but HOPE survives.
And searching for this HOPE led me to another one - just fifty yards away ... a smaller inscription on the footpath under the rail lines as you heard north from College Lane - and if you don't know College Lane, parallel to Highgate Road, check it out! Here's a close up and an 'in context' shot:
So that makes eight 'HOPE' inscriptions located, all close to rail lines - plus one that's probably copycat - plus one that's been almost entirely removed. And the Dartmouth Park/Gospel Oak area is clearly the hot spot - this is where four of them have been found (or it could be that I've done much better searching round my home ground!)
If you click here, you'll find all my postings and ravings on the subject.
But what is it all about? If you know, please tell me. Please!!
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