The Horses Of Camden

London, Observatory

Further to the post below complaining about the lack of craft touches in London, I now have to eat my words. The rebuilt stables at the north end of Camden Market are a sight to behold. Virtually everywhere you turn there are massive bronze statues and friezes of horses, ostlers, stableboys, guardsmen and others whose lives were entwined with horses. The old horse hospital and the labyrinths beneath them are now filled with such touches. It’s a fitting memorial to the horses who pulled the canal barges here. I’ll be posting more of these in the coming days.


2 comments on “The Horses Of Camden”

  1. Steve says:

    You see, this is the kind of thing that causes me to bemoan the tearing down of the old, and the replacing of it with glass and steel monstrosities that look like limp penises or something designed by an old hippie who got his inspiration by watching “Bladerunner” while tripping on acid.
    I’m not saying that modern design can’t be artistic, just that it usually isn’t. One of the things I’ve always loved about London is the Art built in to the very fabric of the city.

    I’m all for more preservation and restoration!

  2. Helen Martin says:

    Memory of places and things found there flies away when the bulldozers come in. There was a racetrack called Landsdown near us. It was torn down and the land is now Landsdown Shopping Centre with a racing horse as its logo. If you were to ask 90 out of a hundred shoppers would say they had no idea where the name or logo came from. These horses at least let you know what used to go on here.
    I thought I had a Charles Keeping picture book about the canal horses, but when I checked it was about the Metropolitan police horses, a very different thing. Keeping did some very nice work about aspects of London and is worth looking up if you have some slightly old-fashioned children to buy for this Christmas.

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