Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Spiegelhalters saved!

Blowing my own trumpet, and why not?

Spitalfields Life is the best London blog, written by the anonymous and self-effacing Gentle Author. It's a daily treat, and essential reading, not only for Londoners.

Here's the  selfsame Gentle Author on my (successful) campaign to preserve a plucky little East End building from some arse-brained redevelopment: Saving Spiegelhalters. She or he is typically eloquent on the history of this unique survivor, and there are plenty of great images. My thanks to him/her and those readers of Spitalfields Life who supported my campaign.

Next? Norton Folgate, a short distance to the West, is the big one. A hundred Spiegelhalters in this lovely unspoilt quarter currently under threat from acquisitive cackheads at British Land. This includes the potential loss of a truly lovely pub called The Water Poet.

I'll be blogging about all this very soon for the TLS, so shall keep my powder dry (as nobody says these days). Thanks to all - and you know who you are - for backing the campaign. This really mattered!

And (by the way) we're still campaigning as we haven't yet see the architects' revised proposals. They aim to retain the facade but remember - we want to structure listed and preserved for future generations! See the campaign website here.

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