Bishopsgate Institute

img_9530Designed 1895 by Charles Harrison Townsend, and it is still a library and cultural institute. I used to come to yoga classes here 30 years ago, and even today it was like stepping back in time. When I paid my 40p for a postcard of the institute in 1900, the young woman in the library (proper hardbacks) took my coins and made a note on a list with her pen.

There is a stained glass dome in the library, but I actually preferred the flat roof lights on either side. And is it the tree of knowledge on the façade?

A cold, colourless day, with central England wrapped in thick fog this morning. But the sun is coming out and I am heading for the coast!

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