Tuesday, March 08, 2011

London, Chatham and Dover Railway, 1864

Blackfriars bridge.

I truly admire the confidence the Victorians had. When they built something, be it infrastructure or just a bank building; they had the confidence to assume that it was a permanent, unchanging structure.

The permanence that was broken post WWII. In Cambridge Fosters' Bank now (not so) proudly boasts a Lloyds TSB branch. All over the country National Banks and Westminster Banks are now branded NatWest.

In the background you can see the partially constructed. Shard. I'm sure it'll be around for many years, but i can also be sure it won't have a name built in to last as long.

Victorians had a sense of legacy we could do well to emulate.

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