About this blog



The London Road Gateway Project Bath aims to improve the public realm of the stretch of London Road, between Cleveland Place junction, and Morrisons Supermarket.

Bath based artist Jane Veveris Callan has been commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to create decorative designs to go onto the tree planters, and grilles that will form part of the improvements.

Jane collaborated with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of 'With Words', to work with the community, gathering local history and stories as words, with haiku and renga poems, which have informed her resulting designs.

This blog has been created to share some of the creative process.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Childhood games

Another one of the designs is inspired by childhood games and growing up on the London Road. 

One elderly resident who lived on the road in the 1930's shared memories about their childhood. ~Mothers used to sit their children on their polished brass doorsteps and keep them amused by telling them to count the cars that passed by. Often there were only 6 a day then!~

Few families would have owned their own car in the 1930's, though some businesses would have had a van. There were trams running along the London Road from 1880 to 1939, horse drawn until 1904 and then electric. The tram depot was in Beehive Yard in nearby Walcot.

With Kensington Meadow so close and other green spaces away from the road, generations of children have had fun making daisy chains. These memories are combined in the daisy chain design.

BRASS DOORSTEPS
COUNTING CARS
ONLY SIX A DAY