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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Paleys Upon Pilers

Commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects for the Olympic Games, the structure "Paleys Upon Pilers" (palace on pillars) marks the place in Aldgate where Chaucer lived from 1374 to 1386. During this time he wrote "the parliament of fowls" and "the house of fame", both incredibly long poems of his dreams that have visions of temples sitting over strange landscapes. If only he could see what now sits where he onced lived.

PS ... don't you love the grandiose titles the English have bestowed upon their "companies" down through time.

8 comments:

Adullamite said...

Good historic image there. A little bit cleaner today than in his day!

Stefan Jansson said...

It sure is a long name.

Peter Olson said...

I trust that Chaucer's house had some kind of tighter walls, considering that he lived there for 12 years! :-)

jabblog said...

What a beautiful structure:-)

Lamalwina. said...

great blog! al lots of great pictures!

Sharon said...

Grandiose is the perfect word to describe that name! It's a very interesting structure. I wonder if those dreams very saw anything like it.

RedPat said...

The same piece as Ham posted today. Very cool one!

Jack said...

Fascinating structure, Mo. I like it. As I also like the architects' name. Worshipful Company? I wish I thought of that when naming some companies.

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