Wednesday 30 August 2017

Islington, London N1

 Many thanks to my undercover Spurs-supporting agent in the heart of Goonerland who spotted these fine covers including 3 by new foundries Joseph Samuel, Alfred Syer and John Ashton. Interesting to see a Haywards so far north of the river.

Every Phoenix foundry, Lewes

To Lewes, for a dip in the wonderful Pells Pool. And what a bonus - in nearby St Johns Terrace, this cover from one of the 9 foundries that used to operate in the town. Excuse my toes.

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Third Avenue, Hove

Ahh, the B14 - 0.27 of one of my favourite bands, the B52s.
Good to see some square glazed panels instead of the usual round ones.

Thursday 27 October 2016

St James Avenue, Kemptown, Brighton

These lovely covers are from my old stomping ground of the St James Street area of Kemptown. The area has changed a lot for the better (no doubt connected to my departure) but St James Avenue remains one is its most attractive residential streets.

The Clark and Hunt design is one of my favourites and the other one with a surround is a rare original.

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

From our roving Hove ambassador, Emma, who appreciates a good manhole as well as a coalhole, comes this:
"Check out these beauties from Denmark. Spotted these whilst over there on a recent trip. The top left and top right are to be found in Europe's oldest theme park in Tivoli. I think my favourite is the bottom centre from one of the main shopping streets in Kobenhavn (that's Copenhagen you know). It's contemporary and really eye catching- if you happen to be looking out for metal utilities covers..."
Thanks, Emma!

Tuesday 19 July 2016

The Drive, Hove

A fine Every and Newman with 5 previously glazed windows set in a handsome surround in one of the grandest thoroughfares in Hove. What's not to like?

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Celebrity coalhole cover #2

This well worn Phoenix cover is in front of 32 Hamilton Road, Brighton. On the front of the house is a plaque commemorating the fact that Eric Gill,  inventor of the Gills sans font, fine sculptor and sexual deviant, was born and lived at the house and would have trod upon the coal hole cover. (Although  Wikipedia says he was born in Steyning).

In the neighbouring Brigden St there were several covers like this and also from Every and Newman.