Claremont Square Reservoir’s Brick Wall

The reservoir in Islington’s Claremont Square has railings round three sides, but a brick wall on the fourth.

Back in the 1820s the New River Company decided to encircle the then uncovered pond with a fence for safety reasons. When the job was finished, they passed the bill on to the residents of the square. Those living on the north side claimed that they lived in Pentonville Road and not the sqaure. Therefore they would not be contributing, as their road had been up and running as London’s first M25 for about 70 years.

The New River Company got them back though, by replacing the fence with a stark and grim brick wall which remains to this day.

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Hornsey Town Hall Tower

When people first saw the tower going up, they thought a jam factory was being built here. Not so silly though, when you know that the Chivers’ factory was where Archway Tower is now. Others saw it as a useless appendage.

In fact it has a very real and important purpose. As the architect started to run out of space in the building, so he stored all the essential electrical equipment in here. Or maybe he was making a statement similar to the architects in medieval Italy.