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Here be dragons

Down the road from us is one of the few William Morris-designed houses in London.

It's a beautiful building, with all the architectural flourishes you'd expect from the man behind the Arts and Crafts movement. I'm particularly fond of two of them, high on the roof over the leafy street. One's a rather amazing cast-iron sunflower, yellow petals around a black disk.

The other, well, it's one of the most fantastic creations around: a terracotta dragon roaring its defiance at the passing 747s from the highest part of the roof. Morris may not have imagined the aluminium birds that flock over Putney, but the defensive dragon couldn't be more apt....

The Roof Dragon

Putney, London
September 2009


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Sep. 16th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I know that building. I used to look out for the dragon driving past. Didn't realise it was the William Morris house though.
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
I think I've seen a few other houses with those dragons on. Of course Reading does have the most incredible brickwork imaginable, in those places where it's still left.
Sep. 16th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
That's a terrific image.
Sep. 17th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
That is awesome.
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