Esoteric London

No. 713: Stoke Newington Church Street, N16

Posted in Architectural, Artistic London, Graffiti by esotericlondon on November 21, 2012

Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Visitor’s London – Harold F. Hutchison, 1954:

Buckingham Palace, at the west end of The Mall, has been the permanent London residence of the sovereign since Queen Victoria. It was originally the red brick mansion built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. Nash remodelled it in 1825, and in 1913 Sir Aston Webb reconstructed the front facing The Mall with Portland stone. When the sovereign is in residence the Royal Standard flies at the masthead night or day, and the Palace is usually guarded by sentries of the Brigade of Guards in full dress.

[ The photograph above shows a work by Banksy depicting the Royal Family waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. A reworking of the image later appeared on the cover of Blur’s single Crazy Beat. In 2009, after the graffiti had adorned the end wall of a block of flats in Stoke Newington Church Street for some eight years, workers from Hackney council arrived with black paint to remove the eyesore. It is not the first time Hackney Council has removed important pieces of street art insisting as they do that they do not make a judgment call on whether graffiti is art or not, and that their task is to keep Hackney’s streets clean. Luckily local residents intervened even as the paint rollers were rolling and part of the work remains as you can see. R.D.]

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