Cromer Street isn't the prettiest corner of central London, but I'm rather fond of it. There's the wonderful Anglo-Catholic (much nicer from the inside) Holy Cross church ... an excellent cafe, Casa Tua ... the historic 'Boot' public house, which Dickens knew and seems to have been standing at the time of the Gordon Riots almost 250 years ago ... and the Hillview estate, sturdy mansion blocks which have been (a rare mix) renovated but not gentrified.
And this is all just a couple of minutes stroll from King's Cross, on the south side of Euston Road.
There's now another reason to head to Cromer Street - this stand-out mural by Mohammed Ali.
This is what the Love Camden site says about the mural:
This wall art explores stories of journey, arrival and hope by people making Cromer Street their home. It was made by aerosol artist Mohammed Ali who worked with residents to reveal stories from the neighbourhood.
You can experience this artwork in augmented reality by downloading the Camden People’s Museum app which will launch on the 13th of October. You will hear the voices of Cromer Street residents, sharing their experiences of living in Camden.
Mohammed Ali is a British-born internationally acclaimed aerosol artist working across the world. His work attempts to build bridges between different communities.
What truly wonderful murals - or perhaps mosaics might be more accurate! This is on the east side of Holy Cross church on Cromer Street. It's a late Victorian Anglo-Catholic church which describes itself as 'the church in the heart of King's Cross'.
Holy Cross has a very curious history - being in part funded by the Goodenough family in memory of one of their number who was killed while snooping around in the Solomon Islands (his ship's bell is still used to summon the faithful). And then almost a century after its consecration, in November 1982, it was the scene of a renowned two-week occupation by the English Collective of Prostitutes. But more of that another time ...
The mosaics on the gable wall are in a small garden which is usually firmly locked. But the other day, the gate was open - volunteers were in there, tending the garden and promoting what's described as a green gym.
With their blessing, I popped in and took some close-up photos of the stunning, and very well kept, mosaics.
The panels were created in 1988 by the artists Dave Bangs and Diana Leary - there's more detail here - and the church garden was opened by the Eastenders and Are You Being Served? actress Wendy Richards.
It is a peace garden - and the mosaic below intrigues me the most, featuring a gun and also a poppy flower which seems to be in the shape of a fist. The artists specialised in radical murals and mosaics - Dave Bangs was responsible for the wonderful though now fading mural on Copenhagen Street - and there's certainly a message here.
Do go and have a look - if you're lucky the garden will be unlocked, but you can still get a fairly decent view through the railings.
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