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.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street, London

This monstrous extravantly glazed Haywards No3 is outside the hotel famous for being the place that Oscar Wilde was arrested. Many thanks to Graham, one of my surfing friends who also likes a good coal hole. The hotel is closed for refurbishment so I hope this is on the list.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Chinese water 'torture'

It's torture that our own utilities don't use some of their millions of £ profit to pay artists to design utility inspection covers.

Our globe-trotting ambassador Lucy recently spotted this water manhole cover in Beijing. The pattern apparently shows the map of the water system.

Monday, 4 April 2016

'Manhole' summit in Japan

Prompted by an article in Private Eye's Funny Old World column I've discovered that in Japan there's recently been a 'manhole' summit attended by hundreds of inspection cover fans. I'm not sure a coal hole cover event would attract quote so many but it's worth a thought.  More details here: http://japanistas.com/en/archives/63510

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Splendours of Hove

A long overdue welcome to our Hove Ambassador, Emma, who has sent me these fine montages of covers around the Palmeira / Brunswick Square hood. The one in the middle stopped Emma in her tracks, such was its enormity. It is also interesting because it's the only Haywards coalhole cover I've seen which lists their address as 96 Blackfriars Road, as opposed to the more normal Union St. Thank you Emma, keep sleuthing.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Upper and Lower Belgrave St, London SW1

Hayward Bros

Hayward Bros

William Pryor and Co, Dalston Junction

Hayward Bros

C Heap and Co, Leicester St
These ornate and beautiful beasts are in the heart of London's diplomatic quarter, littered with embassies and High Commissions. They included new Haywards designs and two new foundries or ironmongers in Heap and Pryor.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Outer Circle, Regents Park, London NW1

Some of the most expensive property in the world overlooks Regents Park so I was going for some seriously fancy coal hole covers.  Unfortunately,  most are modern  replacements except for this well preserved T Sampson cover from the nearby Euston Road.