Tag Archives: Sign

Energising Business

An ironic find from the photos I took on Saturday of the demolition and soon-to-be-gone buildings on a huge chunk of the Westinghouse site in Chippenham.

Westinghouse continues in its latest incarnation as part of the Siemens Group, but doesn’t need the space it once used as the employer of thousands of Chippenham residents.

If you’ve ever travelled by train or on an underground railway, it’s likely products which originated on this siteΒ helped you make that journey.

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Bedlam

A different kind of blue plaque

A surprise find near Liverpool Street Station, courtesy of a diversion on the way to Broadgate Circle forced by the building of Crossrail. Bethlehem hospital was a notorious mental institution from which the word ‘bedlam’ is derived from the hospital’s old nickname. It has also served as inspiration for numerous stories and horror films.

This is the second of these plaques I’ve found. I came across the first last year at the site of Upholder’s Hall, a building destroyed in the Fire of London.

Apparently there are about 160 of them maintained by the City of London*. I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to find them, seeing I’ve visited London frequently over the past few years.

The city’s website has taken down its map, so this one is going to come in handy in future. I also like this article about some of London’s alternative schemes.

* = of this particular scheme which is one of the oldest in the world, and differs from the more familiar one run by English Heritage.