Excalibur Estate – ‘Prefabs’ in South London

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Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph in July 2016 on a nostalgic trip to the place of his birth and childhood with his re-discovered friend from that time. We lived on part of a 1930s development of semi-detached housing by the Builders ‘Wates’ in Allerford Road and Watermead Road but we knew the prefabs well. They were put up immediately after WW2 to replace the loss of houses from the German bombing of British Cities and were meant as a temporary solution to the shortage of housing in the immediate post-war years. They were prefabricated in panels and erected on site very quickly. They were designed and intended to last for 10 years but lived on and were liked by those who lived in them well into the 1960s and beyond.

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Tulips about to die

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Photographed in the conservatory of the Shropshire home of Anthony J Sargeant in 2010 these wonderful tulips spreadeagled and full blown in their vase were about to die – this was their last glorious flourish before the end to which we must all reconcile ourselves.

via Tulips – cut flowers in a vase – full-blown and about to die — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

Tulips – cut flowers in a vase – full-blown and about to die

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Photographed in the conservatory of the Shropshire home of Anthony J Sargeant in 2010 these wonderful tulips spreadeagled and full blown in their vase were about to die – this was their last glorious flourish before the end to which we must all reconcile ourselves.

Wonderful Shropshire Countryside

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Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph during an early morning bike ride along the Shropshire lanes close to his Home. In the distance is the Brown Clee Hill with mist still clinging to the fields below the top. The sun just clearing the horizon at 5.42am sends shafts of gold onto the field beyond the gate (27th August 2017, Shropshire, England)

via Early morning mist below the Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire — anthonyjsargeanttony

The Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire photographed by Anthony J Sargeant

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Photographed during a very early bicycle ride along silent Shropshire lanes at 5.42 am on the 27th August 2017.

The morning mist is till clinging to the meadows but above the Brown Clee rises above them punctuated with lines of ancient hedgerows.

Cats! Who would have them? asks Anthony J Sargeant

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Perched on the back of the sofa and looking very furry – this is Shorty. An ‘inheritance’ from daughter when she moved out from the family home into a flat and could not take ‘her’ pet with her. Thanks for that Lucy! But other parents will recognise the syndrome and sympathize.

via ‘Shorty’ the cat who condescends to live in the home of Anthony J Sargeant — tonysargeantshropshire

Petworth – Etching by William Strang RA in a portfolio of etchings owned by Anthony J Sargeant

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This exquisite small etching in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant is by the Scottish artist William Strang. It shows a view of Petworth in West Sussex. A long way from Strang’s Scottish birthplace.

William Strang was born in Dumbarton in 1859. His father was a builder and his mother was the daughter of a founding member of the Clydeside shipbuilding firm William Denny & Bros. Throughout his life Strang identified himself as one of the working class and maintained a concern for the ordinary working person. On leaving Dumbarton Academy, he worked for a year as an office clerk for the family firm before he was eventually permitted to move to London to commence an artistic training. Although he made periodic return visits to Scotland, from this time London became his permanent home.

He was elected as a Royal Academician in the year he died, 1921.