Friday, 10 April 2009

Putney views

This charming 1930s relief by John Linehan is part of a frieze on the front of Wandsworth Town Hall showing life in the borough over the centuries. It shows a young man and woman going rowing in Putney - that's the bridge behind. The cox is carrying a rather large rudder and wearing a simply splendiferous pair of Oxford bags. The girl on the right looks as though she is washing their sports clobber but is actually working at one of the dyers that used to pollute the Wandle river in Victorian times. You can see more of the Wandsworth frieze at

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