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Looking down onto a replica coal hole plate depicting beer tankards

Aerial view of a modern version of a coal hole plate, Spitalfields, London, June 2020

This metal plate is a modern version of a coal hole cover. Original covers can be spotted in the old streets of London, marking the location of coal chutes, which showed the coal delivery men where to pour the coal into people’s cellars.

This beer tankard embellished plate sits close to the old Truman’s Brewery on Brick Lane. It is one of 25 such discs that were created as part of a cultural festival in 1995. They are the work of Keith Bowler, a local sculptor, and each one contains a different design to represent the history and culture of the area.

Whilst history remains, the brewery itself has now gone. It started life in 1666 but closed in 1989, and the area has been redeveloped to become an arts, entertainment and business area.
However, Truman’s itself is now back to life, with a new brewery at Hackney Wick.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 4 July 2020

Posted as part of SquarePerspectives

14 replies »

  1. I love it! Such a great photo, I would not have thought of looking down.
    Interesting history too, 1066!
    I have probably walked over that spot many times as well.

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    • Sorry – that was a typo. Now corrected -1666. Both are significant years in British history and I obviously got carried away! But yes, we are surrounded by history as we wander London’s streets and I wouldn’t have taken that photo and then googled about it if I hadn’t been thinking perspectives for Becky’s challenge.


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