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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180

Fulham Road and we’re staying near the top. Continuing a theme from yesterday I first started exhibiting with David Gill Gallery and working with Francis Sultana here in late 2004. The first piece I made for them was a massive nativity scene that went in the window and we’ve been working together ever since. The premises then became Francis Sultana’s own HQ doing rich, sumptuous interiors and furniture.

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 181

Lee High Road near Lewisham today and this fantastic looking audio shop. I think all the shop fronts portray the character and personality of the shop owner. Lewisham was most likely to have been founded by a pagan Jute, Leof, who settled (by burning his boat) near St Mary’s Church (Ladywell) where the ground was drier, in the 6th century. As to the etymology of the name, Daniel Lysons (1796) wrote:

“In the most ancient Saxon records this place is called Levesham, that is, the house among the meadows; leswe, læs, læse, or læsew, in the Saxon, signifies a meadow, and ham, a dwelling. A Latin legal record, dated 1440, mentions a place in Kent as Levesham which may refer to Lewisham. It is now written, as well in parochial and other records as in common usage, Lewisham.”

This notion of house amongst the meadows really solidifies the idea that London is not just one big city but a myriad of small villages all joined together.

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 152

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 152

Since we are fully into the build now of the actual Tower structure I thought we could have a look at London’s hardware stores.  Chiswick today and good to see an 01 phone number.  Classic shop front.

291 Chiswick High Road Chiswick W4 4HH

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 155

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 155

TV fame today and the most renound fried chicken shop in the land?? @Channel4 #friedchickenshop in Clapham.  At the start of this whole project I derided the shops lower down on The Tower. Especially the Chicken Shops.  Having now really had a chance to think about the whole hierarchy of The Tower and what it means to own and run a shop, I have changed my position considerably and I take my hat off to all the shop owners on The Tower.  I boggle at the competition that the chicken shop and pound shop owners have, how they are able to make a profit with such low prices.  In one way The Tower could be seen as a real celebration of survival, of entrepreneurial spirit.  Although on the other hand it could be seen as the capitalist beast described in Sir Thomas Moore’s Utopia…..

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 156

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 156

Back to where it all started, well the production anyway.  This renowned French patisserie on Greek St is where I had my first meeting with  #1882Ltd – the manufacturers who have made the Fine Bone China Shops. Maison Bertaux was founded in 1871. Owned by sisters Michele and Tania Wade, it is known as the headquarters of the artist @MartinFirrell. The upstairs tea room shows work by comedian and artist @NoelFielding and members of Icelandic band @SigurRos among others. It is also the home of the The Maison Bertaux Theatre Club, which performs within the tiny confines of the shop. I had a long conversation with one of  the lovely sisters who was asking my opinion of what colour she should paint the frontage.

It is thought to take its name from a Greek Church, which was built in 1677 in adjacent Crown Street, now part of the west side of Charing Cross Road. The church is depicted in William Hogarth’s ‘Noon’ from Four Times of the Day.

Maison Bertaux, 28 Greek Street,Soho, W1D 5DQ

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 153

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 153

Willesden, got to be one of the best areas for shop frontage.  Take this beauty for example. Sticking with Hardware stores.  I wonder how long some of these shops will be around having just read this on wikipedia: In 2015, The Telegraph listed Willesden Green as one of their new middle-class areas of London. House prices around the station, and surrounding areas, have “outpaced the oligarch and banker hotspots of Chelsea, Westminster, and even Knightsbridge.” The Guardian mentioned Willesden Green’s fast gentrification, as well as that of nearby Queen’s Park and Kensal Green, as sending a “ripple through the borough.”

100 Craven Park Road Willesden NW10 8QD

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 154

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 154

Had a request today so we find ourselves in Broad Lane, Seven Sisters and Tony’s Dry Cleaners.  Apparently as well as cracking service he has a female mannequin in the shop that has been dressed the same for at least 4 years.  So here’s from Martyn championing his local community. The name Seven Sisters is derived from seven elms which were planted in a circle with a walnut tree at their centre on an area of common land known as Page Green. The clump was known as the Seven Sisters by 1732.

In his early seventeenth-century work, Brief Description of Tottenham, local vicar and historian William Bedwell singled out the walnut tree for particular mention. He wrote of it as a local ‘arboreal wonder’ which ‘flourished without growing bigger’. He described it as popularly associated with the burning of an unknown Protestant.[5] There is also speculation that the tree was ancient, possibly going back as far as Roman times, perhaps standing in a sacred grove or pagan place of worship.

97 Broad Lane, Seven Sisters, South Tottenham N15 4DW

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 147

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 147

South West and Merton today as we continue our quest amongst the booze shops of London. Best off licence in South London??? That’s quite a claim but it has been given that accolade by some. Run by an affable Irish man apparently it is chocker block with quality beer, cider and rum (sounds like heaven to me) all to be browsed and bought to a backdrop of good jazz – nice.  This Shop front gets top marks from me too. Excellent font choice, does what it says on the tin sign! 

168A Merton High Street Merton, South Wimbledon SW19 1AZ

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 149

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 149

This shop is brilliant, simple as that. From the name (it sort of evokes woolworth pick’n’mix for adults) to the font (I really like the way wine and beers are made to look like barrels) , to the colour, to the size of the sign, to the hundres of luminous cards in the window with booze offers.  Great!

29 Goldhawk Road Shepherds Bush W12 8QQ

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 144

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 144

Resuming Sunday service with this beauty on Balls Pond Rd, not sure it’s still there actually.  This shop front had loads of stuff written on it advocating a new world atheist order, all written in pen. Here’s a video on youtube by the author with a video of the shop front. The Lie of Christmas Revealed.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzVCAakjjMo. It used to be a hairdresser called Adam & Eve! Not sure if the £4 haircut was a leftover from it’s previous life. 

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