28 November 2015
The long-time resident butcher R. Tucker closed this year on the death of the proprietor and works are now in place to convert it, I believe to yet another estate agents but I hope that is not true.
The one bit of good news in all this is that a previous shop name, Beales Bros, has been revealed. It will be covered up again soon so I am glad that I was able to capture it before it went.
21 November 2015
One of the points of this blog is to capture the changes in Ham that often go unnoticed and so I make a point of revisiting as many roads as possible as often as possible so that I can spot anything that has changed since the last time. Rarely are these changes as delightful as this one.
I presume that this horse was once on a carousel but now it has found a happy retirement in a garden in Church Road.
14 November 2015
Little House is one of my favourite houses locally and I ope that this picture shows why. It is not as grand as some of its neighbours but it more than makes up for that with its character which partially comes from the way that it has been extended to create different sections that work very well together. The planing on and around it helps too.
The final thing I like is the location. It sits prominently on the corner of Ham Common and New Road so we can, unusually, see two sides of it.
2 November 2015
The Old Bakery, as it is now called, in Ham Street has gone through a lot of changes in recent years and it looks as though all the major jobs have now finished.
The first big change was the addition of a bay window on the left. The old bricks were used to build the bay and the spaces created were filled in with bricks that are somewhat lighter than the old ones. The front porch is new too, as is the front wall and railings.
It looks neat enough but I cannot help feeling that it has rather overreached itself and has perhaps become a little bit pretentious.
31 October 2015
I rarely go into the roads leading south off Sandy Lane as there is no way out except to go back to Sandy Lane and there is a not a great deal to see anyway. Of course the only way that I can be sure that there is still not a great deal to see is to go in to there from time to time to look for things.
On a recent walk through there I noticed this neat extension to a period house typical of the area, sitting on the corner of Arlington Road and Ashley Gardens. It is unforgiving modern and I love it for that.
25 October 2015
One of the several major developments that I am watching at the moment is at Endsleigh Lodge on Ham Common, close to the junction with Lock Road.
The number of workmen involved, the time they have taken and the amount of noise that they have generated all suggest that major works are being done but, unlike its near-neigbour Gordon House, there is not much sign of those works from outside.
24 October 2015
Every year patches of Ham turn red and yellow and while I tell myself that I am not going to take many pictures of Autumn colours I always do. The three photos I've selected were taken on a straight walk along Ham Street and Ham Common.
The first one is of one of the outbuildings at Ham House. The ivy there is always particularly noticeable because there are no other buildings next to it and it faces south-west so catches the sun (when there is some), whereas the other two are on the other side of the road and so see no direct sunlight.
This wonderful example is on one of the short terrace of houses opposite the Ham Brewery Tap. I like the way that the red/yellow ivy is starting to colonise the house to the left of it and the way that it contrasts with the still green ivy to the right of it.
The final example comes from Langham House. The house looked lovely when the ivy was in full leaf but most of it had gone when I took this. One of the remaining fragments to red formed a ring around a window and that was enough to get me reaching for my camera.