On my City wander the other day, I was struck by how much fine detail there is on many of the capital’s buildings. The College of Arms has some delicate gilded oak leaves and a rather splendid bluebird, there’s some beautiful Art Deco detail on the old Daily Telegraph building on Fleet Street and St Paul’s is laden with statues, columns, pineapples and whatnot.
By the Thames though, it’s all fish. Everywhere I looked, there was fish-related imagery. I suppose that shouldn’t be all that surprising near a major waterway, but it seemed like they were everywhere. For a start, the Victorian streetlights which line the Thames path have fantastic cast iron fish and sea monsters winding their way around the columns.
As I walked on down the north Thames path, I noticed a whole row of tiny golden fishes on the lamp sconces of a rather magnificent porticoed building. Closer inspection revealed that this architectural gem is none other than Fishmongers’ Hall, which explained the fishy theme. It also revealed a pair of lovely statues hidden in a dark recess. On one side, a winsome looking fishwife and opposite her, a burly trawlerman. I have never seen Fishmongers’ Hall before; once again London surprises me with a new and fascinating place.