Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

This week LondonKillsMe set up a further Twitter account twitter.com/sketchesbyboz  for this  blog. To follow historians; writers; museums; historic societies and those informed in building restoration which may be pertinent for the building site. Much more of the building site (also known as the LondonKillsMe studio) in coming weeks and months . . . . but hopefully not years.

In choosing a suitable profile image for Twitter this put us in mind of another building site in Kensal Green which is now a finished project. Part of the interior design at the Kensal Green house detailed screen printed floors. The first was to the kitchen, reproducing two lines of the G K. Chesterton poem The Rolling English Road (1914). The screen for this had to be drawn by hand and an old french door served as the frame.

Paradise Screen

The result remains protected under varnish:

Kitchen floor

Following this we were delighted to be given a barely salvageble pub sign but salvage it we did. Rotted at one end and encrusted in cemented footprints a good application of two pack wood filler, a little bit of artistry with acrylic and varnish and around thirty six hours restored the primitive painted sign back to life. The end result completed the cemeterial theme for the kitchen of the house in Kensal Green.

In situ

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

Incidentally G K Chesterton wrote Charles Dickens: A Critical Study (1906) and the entry for Charles Dickens in the 14th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1929). And thus it seemed fitting to use Paradise as the image for the profile of sketchesbyboz who when in that part of town continues the occasional sojourn to Kensal Green Cemetary.