Top of the World: Photos of Nunhead Allotments, and the View from the Hill-Top Reservoir

Stuart Road AllotmentsA social at the allotmentsHill-top paradiseLooking eastLooking south towards One Tree Hill and Forest HillOne Tree Hill and the Aquarius Golf Club
Forest Hill from NunheadLooking up to Nunhead ReservoirLooking west to Rye Hill ParkFlowers in Stuart Road AllotmentsFlowers close-upA single flower
Looking north west to the reservoirSunflowersBrockley FootpathShadows on the footpathTop of the worldThe Shard and the City from Nunhead Reservoir
London from Nunhead ReservoirThe view south from Nunhead ReservoirGraffiti on Nunhead Reservoir 1Graffiti on Nunhead Reservoir 2Graffiti on Nunhead Reservoir 3Graffiti on Nunhead Reservoir 4

Top of the World: Nunhead Allotments, and the View from the Hill-Top Reservoir, a set on Flickr.

The photos in this set — the 67th in my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike — were taken on September 8, 2012, a lovely Sunny Saturday, and are the second of five sets from September, drawn from the huge archive I’ve been building up of my photographic journeys over the last five months (see the first set here). They also provide a contrast to the photos from November that I published previously, of autumn in south east London (see here, here, here, here and here), although I will soon return to more contemporary photos, as winter is now in full swing and Christmas is just around the corner.

On the day in question, I had set off on a bike ride, and had found myself drawn to the heights of Nunhead, one of the areas next to my home in Brockley, in south east London, where I had lived briefly in 1999, before the birth of my son. Completely unexpectedly, I stumbled on the allotments below Nunhead Reservoir, at the highest point in Nunhead, formerly known as Nunhead Hill, just as people were being let in, and, impulsively, I asked if I could come in and take some photos. For more information, see the Stuart Road Allotment Society’s website, and, for a history of allotments, see the National Allotment Society website, and the article, “A Brief History of Allotments in England.” Read the rest of this entry »

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