Esoteric London

No. 928: Langham Road, N15

Posted in Graffiti, London Labour by esotericlondon on September 18, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_4199 copy

Langham Road, London, N15. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Dickens’s Dictionary of the Thames, From Its Source to the Nore – Charles Dickens [Jr.], 1883:

Bonded Warehouses. –

The Jewry-street warehouse is specially devoted to the storage and working of indigo, about two-thirds of the whole importations of which into London is here dealt with. It is a large building five storeys in height, built round a quadrangular court- yard, and is separated from the Fenchurch-street store by Northumberland- alley, but the huge system of cellars joins on to that of the Fenchurch-street cellars. The cases of indigo are weighed, bulked, and tared immediately on arrival, samples drawn for display in the show-rooms on the top floor, where they are ranged in narrow paper trays upon long rows of tables, the rooms being lighted by skylights so arranged as to afford the sunless north light, dear to all handlers of colours. Public sales are held every three months, the average at each sale being 8,000 cases. From the purely picturesque point of view this department is one of the most curious in the establishment. The whole of the vast range of stores, walls, floors, roofs, stairs, and even windows, are tinted by the constant cloud of dust thrown off by the never-ending manipulation of thousands of tons of indigo in one deep uniform tone of blue. If you put your hand on a balustrade to aid you in mounting the long flights of stairs the palm of it is forthwith dyed as blue as a patch from an Italian sky

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  1. Jenny Grounds said, on November 21, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Love this pole and the text. Favorite colour and a famous but with good reason building. Nice piece of art, and perfect photo. Where is Langham Rd will it be found?


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