There's more HOPE - two more found, thanks to readers of this blog. The one above is at the Somers Town end of Midland Road, not far from St Pancras station. The one below is at the northern end of York Way, a couple of hundred yards before the junction with Agar Grove. So that's six HOPE inscriptions located.
But there's more to be discovered. Anyone know where this photo was taken - at the mast head of photographer Simon Di Principe's FB page?
And what was it all about? Who's behind HOPE?
And seeking for HOPE of course sends me exploring round parts of the city where all sorts of architectural delights can be savoured. Camley Street is particularly rich in industrial archaeology - some of which may just survive the area's redevelopment:
A short walk away lies Old St Pancras Church, small, delightful - the current structure largely mid-nineteenth century, but on a site with much more ancient history. Embedded in the altar is an ancient altar stone with crosses engraved, found on the site and believed to date from the sixth century. The centrepiece of the graveyard is the Burdett Coutts sun dial, in remembrance of all those whose garves and gravestones were removed when the area was landscaped. Among the handful of individual graves still marked is that of the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and her partner William Godwin.
As I walked round the church this morning, a passer-by was belting out on the piano a fairly passable version of Elton John's 'Your Song' ... as I was photographing the more macabre aspects of the memorials around the church walls.
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