Thursday, 15 December 2011

Barry and Pugin Architecture Ride for Lambeth Cyclists

The Architecture Ride I led for Lambeth Cyclists in December looked at the work of Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin, in particular the Houses of Parliament. The ride was 'interrupted' by a morning tour of the Clocktower to see and hear Big Ben strike noon, 

and an afternoon tour of Parliament itself where we could really take in Pugin's extraordinary level of ornamentation.

The ride started by Clapham Common at Barry's rather grand last home

We also passed by the Imperial War Museum, previously Bethlem Hospital, or Bedlam, where Pugin unfortunately ended up, right next door to Notre Dame Cathedral for which he was the architect.
Between the Parliamentary tours we visited Pall Mall to see the Travellers Club and the Reform Club then on to Bridgewater House (pictured), all three designed by Barry in Italianate style.

A part of the ride that I particularly enjoyed was the view of parliament from Lambeth while cycling along the Thames Path.  Lambeth Cyclists had fought hard to successfully overturn a ban on cycling that has been imposed there. 

Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Riding into winter with Pedal Power Kennington

Despite it getting darker, a little wetter, and colder the rides have continued and are attracting new participants. On Tueday 29th November we went to Tower Bridge and St Katherine's Dock to look at boats in the rain

 It happened to be the day that the gangway onto HMS Belfast had collapsed.
 On Wednesday 30th we went through the City of London to Hoxton to tour around the Circus Space - wonder if those we took will end up on the Circus degree course?
 We also nipped into the Classic Car Club on Old Street

 This Tuesday we decided to go to St Pancras to see the Lego Christmas Tree

 and yesterday we had a repeat visit, by popular demand, to Winter Wonderland
 before heading, via a brief diversion into the Aston Martin showroom on Pall Mall, to Bond Street for the Christmas Lights.
Just two more rides to go this term - one of them maybe to the Olympic site if I can find a quick and safe route. Hmm.