15. The roundel outside Queensbury
This is the first item I’ve included in my quest about which I know almost nothing. I confess I’ve no idea when precisely it was built, nor who by. I haven’t a clue as to the designer. I’m not even entirely sure what to call it. A monument? A turret? A freestanding feature?
It’s not just the object itself that’s striking; it’s also where it is positioned:
What a finely-conceived, thoughtfully-implemented bit of suburban planning.
I’m guessing the whole area was laid out around the same time as the construction of the station, which opened in December 1934.
Hopefully whoever did it received some sort of municipal honour or local corporation tie. Cleverly (but sensibly) the Underground roundel is visible from a number of approaches, including the far end of the long slice of green that stretches away from the roundabout and behind the point from which I took the above photo.
All the roads, paths, shops and houses fan out from the station – as they should. And there, right at the point where all the trajectories meet, is… is…
I love that bottom shot. It’s beautiful.
Queensbury was one of those Metro-land stations where they built the Underground line and waited for houses to turn up; it was just the station building and nothing else for a long time. As you say, it means that the Tube is rightly at the centre of the whole area. “Queensbury” is also a completely Underground name – they held a competition to name the station (and by extension the area), and because “Kingsbury” is next down the line… The winner didn’t have to work very hard for that one.
If you only knew how much agonised wrangling went on to agree that style of canopy! The NR sign was bolted on without permission though. There will be tears…
It’s a flagpole. Mystery over 🙂
Just love your collection of photos. Makes me want to take a day out to visit them! great collection.