Bunhill Quaker Gardens

Charting the redevelopment of the Quaker Gardens between Banner Street and Chequer Street, London, in 02005.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Rolling the rubble

Rolling the rubble
Rolling the rubble
Originally uploaded by davidjennings.
Having cleared away much of the rubble from where the patio used to be, what remains was rolled this morning. A fairly bumpy ride.

On the right is a new pile of grey/black surface material: it looks like it might be made into tarmac.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The fence is definitely growing on me

Fence with hover 'mower'
Originally uploaded by davidjennings.
I like its curves, which look particularly good from the Braithwaite House platform, just above ground level — see this photo and this one. It's just the final segment of the fence that looks out of place, as though it's been bent a foot or two extra to reach a set end-point.

I don't know what the guy in this picture is pushing in front of him (he walked all the way along the fence with it): it looks like a hover mower for gravel…

The light roller was in action again today, on the ball court and elsewhere. And we had at least the third site visit from Marianne Park in a week.

Thursday, April 07, 2005


On the printed plan of the Quaker Burial Ground that I have, the centre of the Quiet Garden has — under the tree, opposite a bench — three things marked 'cubes'. For the last couple of days there have been some cubic things (OK, there are four of them) on the playground. In this photo one of them is being carried by the little digger to an out-of-the-way location on the far side of the site. All four of them are there now.

Now that the playground fence is complete, more surface material is being spread on the playground. As you can see in the lower picture, this is finer-grain, browner and less shaley. The plating at the foot of the playground fence will be below ground level.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Meeting House Garden developments

At the top left of this picture, the wooden mould/scaffolding for the concrete has just been removed. That's a lot of hard carpentry work being dismantled, having done its job. Bottom left, the little digger is dealing with the rubble where the patio used to be; and, bottom right, the metal plating is being fixed at this end of the playground fence.

Later part of that pile of shaley grit was spread over the inside of the Meeting House Garden by the mini-shovel-buggy, and then evened out by the light roller.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Playground fence reaches full length

I think this as long as this section of fence is going to get, though work is continuing putting solid metal plates along the foot of the fence.

Near the top of the picture you can see a new bit of hardware, the mini-shovel-buggy, which seems to have replaced the larger version. This afternoon it was being used for distributing more of the shaley surface material on the Quiet Garden path.

The figure nearest to camera in this picture is the one I believe to be Marianne Park, the architect of the redevelopment.

Monday, April 04, 2005

All round activity

On the left you can see the shovel-buggy tipping grit into the the path for the Quiet Garden. The little digger, bottom centre, is spooning the grit into the buggy. And on the right, the playground fence is extended.

The fence is growing on me, now that it has a curve to it. It starts to hint at the beautiful Lyme Regis cobb.

Earlier in the day the Meeting House Garden wall was filled with concrete shipped in from Banner Street.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Plane tree

Plane tree
Originally uploaded by davidjennings.
The buds on the tree are about to burst into leaves. Soon parts of Braithwaite House will be completely obscured behind it.

You can just about see the buds if you look at the original size version of this photo (warning: very large file; slow to load on dial-up connections).