Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A Year In Pictures – 12 January 2015 – Another Monstrous Carbuncle (2)

Here is another view of 20 Fenchurch Street, now commonly known as "The Walkie-Talkie". If I travel into the City by my normal route, namely to Bank from Waterloo on the Waterloo & City Line, I will usually leave the station by Exit 6, which faces east directly along Lombard Street, as you see here. In the distance is The W-T, rendered partly bearable by the fact that a substantial part of it is hidden by intervening buildings.

View east along Lombard Street from Bank Station, Exit 6.
Two churches are visible : immediately on the right is part of the north wall of St Mary Woolnoth, burial place of John Newton (a former Rector and the author of "Amazing Grace") and the only City church designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, while further along is the elegant tower and small spire of St Edmund King and Martyr.
One of these days I will learn how to straighten the leaning verticals that are a particular issue with wide-angle lenses. The lean of the Walkie-Talkie's north face on the other hand is part of the architect's, um, conception.

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