Esoteric London

No. 577: Wellington Road, NW8

Posted in Public Art, Sport by esotericlondon on May 15, 2012

Wellington Road, London, NW8. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Round London: Down East and Up West – Montagu Williams Q.C., 1894:

Although several plots of land, and notably some disused burial-places, have of late years been added to the open spaces of the East End of London, that quarter is still lamentably deficient in recreation grounds. Thus, most of the children who live there have to amuse themselves in the crowded, squalid streets, with what results all who read the reports of coroners’ inquests are only too well aware.
In other parts of the metropolis ample opportunities are afforded for outdoor pastimes. Throughout the warmer months the youths of North, West, and South London may be seen, in all the glory of flannels, taking their full of cricket, boating, lawn tennis, and a dozen other sports, and thereby developing their muscles, chests, and bones, and physically equipping themselves for life’s toils and struggles.

[ The photograph above is of Gilbert Bayes’ 1934 frieze Play Up, Play Up and Play the Game which depicts various sportsmen and women dressed in the appropriate clothing. Post No. 326 features more of Bayes’ work, should you wish to see it you can do so by clicking hereR.D.]

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