No. 1117: Bow Road, E3
Bow Road, London, E3. Photo ©RogerDean 2014
London Fogs – R.Russell, 1880:
We now come to the question of damage to materials done by smoke, and the financial portion of our subject. The outlay rendered necessary by our unnecessary custom of polluting the atmosphere with unburnt fuel is enormous. Almost everything suffers, from granite quays and columns and the stony surface of the Houses of Parliament to the most delicate satins and silks and coloured fabrics of all kinds. The soot and carbon particles deposited on the stone, being charged with sulphurous and carbonic acid, eat away its substance and make renewals necessary at great cost. The drinking-fountain at the end of Great George Street, Westminster, is an example of the rapid spoiling of works of art. It requires restoration five times as often, at least, as it would need in the country. All monuments, statues, and gilding rapidly lose their brightness and whiteness.
[The photograph above is of Joseph Dawson’s monument in the churchyard of St Mary Bow in Tower Hamlets. Below the relief the inscription reads:
TO TRANSMIT/TO FUTURE IN HABITANTS/OF THIS PARISH AND NEIGHBOURHOOD/THE MEMORY OF A MAN/WHOSE LIFE AMIDST THE DUTIES/OF AN ARDUOUS PROFESSION/WAS DEVOTED TO THE WELFARE IMPROVEMENT/AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/OF THE HUMBLER CLASSES/OF HIS FELLOW CREATURES/THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED/BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION/JOSEPH DAWSON/BORN 14 MARCH 1791/DIED 25 APRIL 1854