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What Would Westow Hill be Like If The Water Towers were still there?

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#1 eyedropper



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Posted 11 November 2005 - 10:12 AM

Hi all,

Have a look at this (big gif 1.5meg) that I made last weekend.

Blogged about here.

I might make some more if people think they're interesting.



#2 andreas



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Posted 11 November 2005 - 10:27 AM

Fantastic image, many thanks eyedropper. Yes it would be great to have some others. Here are some ideas:

- Anerley Hill and the water tower

- the view from Dulwich College or West Norwood Cemetery towards the Palace.

- Westow Street with the Barker's piano factory in place of Morriways

- Westow Hill with the old methodist chuch in place of Iceland etc.

Really brings history up to date!
opposed to taking terrapins.

#3 Mango


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Posted 11 November 2005 - 11:05 AM

Loving it Eyedropper - I'd also like to see the twi stills next to each other on the page though - it makes it easier to compare.

Nice work though.

#4 matt



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Posted 11 November 2005 - 11:14 AM

Perhaps they should rebuild the water towers, and have a circular flat on each floor!

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 11:29 AM

great image eyedropper.
by the way i like your photo of the kids using morrisons as a play park!
you have to do something with all those open spaces!

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 11:53 AM

I like the pictures, eyedropper!

Perhaps they should rebuild the water towers, and have a circular flat on each floor!

At least they'd have a small footprint on the land! When I lived in Colchester there was a water tower close to the middle of town - a good landmark. Everyone called it 'Jumbo'. After I moved away I heard a property developer had put some apartments in there.

#7 ally



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Posted 11 November 2005 - 12:14 PM

Ah, the jumbo water tower! I used to live there as well, and could never understand how they had not done anything with the building; in fact, I seem to remember it was in danger of being pulled down for being unsafe at one point.

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 12:52 PM

More more please Eyedropper - brilliant fun!! :)

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 10:42 PM

It just goes to show. All those who say that 5 stories are too many for that site!
It does show that you could have quite a high block there without it looking ridiculous- depending on design of course. fantastic pics. thanks

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 02:13 PM

Brilliant and great to see and old photo of U Norwood streets

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 11:07 AM

Fantastic. It's really interesting to see how much street clutter we have now compared to then - traffic lights, street lights, road signs etc. and you can really see how the shop fronts distract from the architecture of the Victorian buildings themselves.

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 09:59 PM

Good work! Nice to see the contrast between then and now.

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Posted 21 January 2006 - 11:58 AM

Fantastic piece of work.

I have to agree with Lucysmith's point. The diiference between the road with and without traffic ploughing down is extremely stark. The freedom to pop down the supermarket (or anywhere) at any time we please has cost us dear.

Thank you Eyedropper.

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 03:48 PM

Congratulations. More please.

It really conveys how extraordinary the Crystal Palace must have been - with a chimney/watertank disguised as a glass tower. Hats off to IK Brunel for making it stand upright, on top of a railway tunnel and providing public access.

Sadly, all the LDA (London Development Agency) can suggest is building flats, shutting the swimming pool, cutting down trees on the upper terrace (so that they can be replanted) and putting in a few open drains (like the dry one near the concert stage) and calling them water features.