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Monday, 11 August 2014

Washing Line Posts


Art for your washing line in the 1920's.  Thanks to Father Basil Jellicoe the courtyards and gardens of the housing estates in Somerstown during this period were adorned with pieces of art.  He felt strongly that even the poor were entitled to quality houses and that art should be available to all.

Sculpter Gilbert Hayes was commissioned to create these ceramic finials that sat on the top of washing line posts.  Most were destroyed during the second world war.

St Pancras and Humanist Housing is now undertaking a major program to create and install replicas.


13 comments:

westendmum said...

Well I never, how interesting. Thank-you for sharing.
WEM
x

Adullamite said...

How interesting.
Ours were just plain! Tsk!

Bill Nicholls said...

Love them and the idea. I'll have two please

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a fab idea Mo, wouldn't mind that second one atop my hills hoist :)

perambulatingphotographer said...

Very interesting and it looks more like art.

Judy said...

That is an great idea!

RedPat said...

I love this idea!

William Kendall said...

They really do show great craftmanship. I had no idea.

Sharon Anck said...

Interesting and beautiful!

Lady Lilith said...

That sounds like a huge project. I bet the end result will be well worth it.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It's a great idea. Never heard of anything like it before.

Jack said...

Really! These are both wonderful and unexpected.

Katharine A said...

These are amazing. Where did you see them? I'd love to go.

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