Local Notes: Stories of our neighbourhoods | Jonathan Manser
Wednesday 7 April 2021
Lockdown in our office, 5 minutes walk from home above Riverside Studios, has at times felt all too much like physical ‘Lockin’ with access virtually barred by the plethora of plastic cones and ‘heras’ fencing across the area to stop all traffic on Hammersmith Bridge.
Close by is a 1950s subterranean Churchill Gardens/Festival of Britain council estate. Architects for that; well I’m not sure, but my father newly qualified or still a student designed the bin stores!
In moments of more maudlin humour he used to look out of the office and moan ‘I haven’t got far from those bin stores have I?’
Across the road from the office is a house designed for his family by Theo Crosby. A statue by him (of his mother?) and crafted no doubt in the studio at the back of the house has found its way from the courtyard of the Michael Manser designed house I grew up in to our garden on the Isle of Wight.