Inspiration all around

13 March 2013

Even when the day job encroaches there is still inspiration to be found.

Recently, tucked away in the City of London I came across this.

This garden is on the site of the former churchyard and church of St John Zachary (who I believe was John the Baptist) a parish church destroed by the fire of London in 1666.  There is a link with the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (I think they owned land hereabouts) and had a livery hall destroyed in the blitz.  This garden was laid out shortly afterwards and redesigned in the mid 1990s.  I don't know but I am guessing that the gold cat on the gates is something to do with the Goldsmiths.  Anyone know?

Anyway, I think it is rather lovely. 

And failing that there is always Clive Hicks-Jenkins and some of the other blogs I follow to keep the spirit raised. 


  1. Isn't that great about London, that there is always something inspirational, if you are prepared to let your eyes wander and are not plugged in to an electronic device? I think the cat is the hallmark of the Goldsmith's Company.

    1. Ah ha! I don't know much about the Goldsmiths and I found this little garden entirely by accident. It is in Gresham St. Do you know it?

  2. Yes its a leopards head which is their emblem. I was involved in making that archway in the early 90's and also made one of the four leopards. Initials JL in one of the ears.


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