5 May 2016

Ham Glebe emerges


I have been following the arrival of the new Ham Glebe for just over a year now and finally we can start to see what the new house is going to look like. It's a modern look but not viciously so and it looks similar to some other houses nearby.

The dark shallow bricks are very contemporary and I think that I would have liked to see more of them to break up the whiteness of the near corner, however I will reserve judgement on that until the house is finished. Hopefully I will have a picture of that before too long.

3 May 2016

Hog Cottage in Petersham Road


I do not walk along Petersham Road that often because the heavy traffic means that it is not a pleasant walk and when I do the main reason is to look out for interesting views to post here. Views like this one.

The entrance to Hog Cottage is quite delightful. The hard structures, the red brick garden wall, the grey iron gate, the paved steps down, the brick path, the white wall of the cottage and the house sign  are all neat and tidy, and the profusion of pots and plants livens everything up. It is very welcoming.

1 May 2016

Flowers at Rushmead


Rushmead, the road, leads nowhere so I do not walk along it very often instead, like most people, I cut across the grass to Riverside Drive but doing this means missing the pretty flowers that decorate the entrance to the block of flats that make up numbers 1 to 6 Rushmead.

30 April 2016

A clearer view of Montrose House


The temporary removal of the wall in front of Montrose House offers views of the building that are not normally available and that was not a chance that I was going to miss. This picture was taken just after the tree was removed and the work had yet to start on rebuilding the wall.

29 April 2016

Ensleigh Lodge, 25 Ham Common


Regular readers of this blog (there are some!) will know that I like to feature house signs. That is because they can be an attractive feature and I like to draw attention to them when I think that they are. The new sign at Ensleigh Lodge is certainly worth noting.

All of the works there in recent months have been done in sympathy with the listed building and I have had several conversations with the builders and new owner about this. That care and attention to detail covers all aspects of the work right down to one of the smallest features, the house sign.

I like that it is an unusual design with the stylish letters and numbers carved into stone and that the colour of the stone is both muted and complimentary to the other colours around it.

28 April 2016

Converting a house in Back Lane


I have been walking down Back Lane a lot recently to see the back of the Huf Haus that is being constructed in Ham Street and because of that I was able to capture some substantial changes being made to a house there.

This pair of houses had never caught my attention before and I cannot remember what the one on the right looked like before the work started though the heavy lintel suggests that there was a garage door there.

The slightly differently coloured bricks on the ground floor suggest that the house on the left was the same, which is hardly unsurprising.



Passing by a couple of days later and it looks as though the house on the right is doing its best to match the one on the left, which is good to see.

27 April 2016

A welcome surprise between Cowper Road and Beard Road


One of the things I like most about Ham is the public spaces between the buildings and that is a characteristic found across the area including in the south-east corner where this open space runs between Cowper Road and Beard Road. They both lead off Latchmere Lane which is to the right here with the back of Sopwith Close (in Kingston) to the left.

This is a good sized and well maintained area and I like the way that it has some mature trees and humps that break the space up. I also like the splash of colour on the fence on the left.



And this is what that splash of colour looks like close-up. It is very jolly and very welcome.

25 April 2016

Stained class in Riverside Drive


These lovely stained glass windows can be found on the upper level of one of the two blocks of flats in the triangle made by Riverside Drive, Hardwicke Road and Cave Road. The window looks out over Riverside Drive where it almost hidden by a large tree.

The stained glass is further hidden in the daytime and is almost invisible unless a light is shining through it from within the block, and that only happens once it starts to get dark. At night the stairwell light does what it is meant to do and illuminates the coloured panels, turning them into something with the geometric feel of a Mondrian painting.

The colouring is only on the top floor and only in the one block so I presume that it is something unofficial done by one of the residents, possibly using materials from the shop Peels of London in Ham Street opposite Grey Court.