116. The roundels at Redbridge

In need of a lickThis is possibly the shabbiest thing I’ve included in this blog so far. And frustratingly, it would be one of the easiest and cheapest to remedy.

I’m not sure if there’s regulation paint available from TfL central stores for the decorating of roundels. Come to think of it, I’m not sure there’s even a central store. But oh, I wish there was one, from which a few tins could be sent up the Central line to give this lovely little roundel and its row of neighbours a fresh coating of red, white and blue.

Send for the red, white and blueFailing that, how about an initiative launched by the local community? Then again, I’m not sure there is much of a community along the Eastern Avenue. I see that Jessie J was born in Redbridge. Perhaps she could front a campaign and raise a bit of money doing what she does best*.

The station has been given Grade II-listed status, but I don’t know if this includes the bits round the back, where these weathered balustrades keep watch: Cold War relics with less menace than Checkpoint Charlie but just as much elan.

Equally gorgeous is the roundel-esque roof of the ticket hall, which foreshadows by a whole 40 years the kind of alluring mix of concrete and illumination you can find studded along the Jubilee line extension. It also looks like part of a studio set from an early-80s episode of Doctor Who, but I’m willing to forgive it that.

Perhaps when they come to do up the roundels out the back, they could make good in here as well.

Bigger on the inside*By not singing. I’d sponsor her.

  1. Michael Allen said:

    First off, I’d like to congratulate you on a first class blog on a subject close to my heart. It’s great also to see that you are fairly wide ranging in your subjects (Holden aside! ;-)) Just a point on listed buildings though. Listing only protects a building from unauthorised modification. You are completely free to let a listed building fall down by itself, you are just not allowed to help until it is condemned as unsafe.

    • Thanks Michael.

      Do the different grades of listing relate to the degree to which something can be allowed to fall into disrepair?

  2. That roof is spectacular. I’m going to have to visit.

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