Trellick Tower, London 09/11/2019

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Picture by A. Shepherdson

Hi 🙂

Now be honest, you’re all busy people, do you really want to read a blah blah blah blog where I list the reasons I stopped posting? No of course not, just so as you know I’ve reignited enthusiasm, there’ll be no sex and silliness (that’s a lie) and I’ll be returning with several London themed ‘photo dumps’ (that’s a term the cool kids use), in other words that’s sharing photos I’ve taken to you and I.

Been a while, so what have I been doing? Worrying about Brexit for one (sooo upsettingly depressing), reading blogs written by the (many) middle aged women writers I follow, and for the purposes of today’s post and several to follow, I visited London today, walked the City’s streets (note I’m not a hooker!) and ‘snapped’ lots and lots of photographs.

Only trouble is I’m unsure if any of you lovely people remember me since three months ago, of course you lol don’t? But not to worry as I’ve always said to myself, if at least one person enjoys reading an always original post written by moi, then I’m a happy Andrew.

So why visit London? To see for myself a British architectural icon that is Trellick Tower situated close to the Borough of Notting Hill, and yes that is the ‘Notting Hill’ movie of the same name starring Hugh and Rene, also home to the world famous Carnival. Incidentally the short video below features this 1972 Tower Block built to satisfy Britain’s post war housing shortage, Trellick is now a Grade 2 listed building, a structure recognised by people the length and breadth of Britain with a very short film uploaded onto my YouTube Channel.

(Are you surprised a concrete block of flats has preserved status?)

I’ve never seen this Tower Block for myself before today, it’s an impressive building all the more notable because every major City has been demolishing these grey concrete monoliths, poorly constructed, hated by the residents and quite rightly considered a disastrous exercise to provide cheap social housing for the masses, many have been pulverised to rubble. Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing, Tower Blocks became synonymous with all that is wrong with inner cities, magnets for drug taking, physical assaults, isolation, deprivation, poverty, devoid of human scale and with a complete absence of (yes) private gardens so loved by the British public, all in all an expensive social engineering project that went disastrously wrong!

HOWEVER with London’s housing shortage now at epidemic levels, gazing out the coach window as the city scape passed by, I noticed shiny modern examples are rising lol like a phoenix from the ashes, with I guess many a lesson learnt?……… I do hope so! Yes Tower blocks are disappearing, yet Trellick remains and what’s more it’s Grade 2 listed which means the City planners CANNOT pull it down. Now for a confusing dichotomy, I for one love this important building which surprises me when I hate concrete Blocks of Flats so! 😀 

So finally, do you see beauty in this building?

To be continued………………

A. Shepherdson 2019

17 thoughts on “Trellick Tower, London 09/11/2019

    • Similar I guess to most people I dislike concrete tower blocks yet Trellick ‘buck’s the trend’ and I’m unsure why which is part of the fascination. Very strange and yes imposing is the word!

      Kim I’ve been following Trump’s impeachment process from over here in the UK, we shall see if he wriggles and squirms his way out of this one! Another Nixon?

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        • Me neither, I’ve witnessed many enquiries from afar and they seldom give the outcome you hope for, having said that startling facts are often uncovered which will stick in the mind………… Tony Blair’s Iraq enquiries failed to apportion blame, yet we discovered he told an awful lot of lies on his road to war!

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  1. You’re back! Erno Gldfinger’s vision, also famous for giving Ian Fleming his surname for one of his famous characters, Auric Goldfinger, or so I believe. Interesting hos this era of Brutalist architecture is being reviewed – I can never make up my mind, but admire the panache.

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    • Haha 😀 yes I’m back, yet I’ve never been away me following middle aged lady writers and all (present company omitted of course). You are correct, brutalism once considered an unmitigated disaster is again being reviewed, perhaps if all Tower Blocks had been designed with such panache then they wouldn’t be hated so?

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