29 November 2015

Period tiling at Cranmer Court

Unless you live there, there is little point in going down the access road that runs off Ham Parade between Wendy's Workshop and M & J Hardware which is a shame as a look up reveals this nice tiling on one of the walls to Cranmer Court.

28 November 2015

Beales Bros on Ham Parade

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

Escaped horse

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 lovely

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 in Ham Street

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.