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Bricklayers Arms stables update


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Well, not being a massive footie fan I decided to amuse myself yesterday evening fitting the cattle yard office and back wall to the baseboard in front of the stables. This has created a more Dickensian alley feel to the forecourt which is what I had hoped would happen. There is still much to do in terms of fitting the cattle docks, weathering the surfaces, adding muck and the assorted figures and of course, cattle.

 

There are a few final touches, the steps to the office are too clean and there needs to be a bit of blending between the muck and the setts, perhaps the odd shovel or broom etc, but I couldn't resist a quick photo to mark the occasion.

 

The headline image gives a pigeon's eye view and the somewhat 'too clean' cattle yard can be seen at the top.

 

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Hi Chris.

 

Very nice and atmospheric. Are you using genuine horse poo ? If you were, you would have to find some scale bluebottles or even horse flies !

 

Does this represent part of the large two tier stables which once existed on the north end of the Dunton Road bridge (nee Upper Grange Road) ?

 

Being a local lad, I can just remember the top storey features of this which were visible from the road. The view of the lower storey was limited to what you could see off the bridge.

 

Not to be confused with the remains of the 'Sick Horse' stables off St James's Road/Rolls Road, which are still extant, but have been under threat from developers in the recent past.

 

All the best

Ray

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5 hours ago, wainwright1 said:

Does this represent part of the large two tier stables which once existed on the north end of the Dunton Road bridge (nee Upper Grange Road) ?

 

Being a local lad, I can just remember the top storey features of this which were visible from the road. The view of the lower storey was limited to what you see off the bridge.

Hi Ray,

Thanks. I’ve used a bit of artistic licence with the stables as we don’t know what the original 1844 stables looked like. So I reproduced a range I have always been fond of at Camden. One of my other blogs shows the project more clearly.

Chris

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Lovely muck! The dark dung and stains of urine works well and adds to the Dickensian feel. The straw is very effective too, I really must add some to my the stables at Farthing.

 

I look forward to seeing the cattle docks. More opportunity for muck and dung (now there's a possible trader's name: Muck & Dung!).

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