I would pass this house with it's blue plaque sometimes, l and I would sit in traffic and wonder about Luke Howard and his beautiful house, It was empty then, but had a roof and the walls were all sound.
|Cumulus with cirro-stratus, from Luke Howard's sketchbook|
The first time I saw the blue plaque I thought it was a prank, an art installation maybe. But I looked him up and Luke Howard was everything the plaque said he was and more. Son of Quakers, he was an industrialist and scientist who studied the weather, and named the clouds with the words we still use today, cirrus, nimbus, cumulus. He was elected a member of the Royal Society in 1821 and published many books on meteorology and the weather.
|Pic by Mathew Brady Cloud Appreciation Society, Bruce Grove today|
There's a campaign to save it, here https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-7-bruce-grove-tottenham
|Cumulus with Anvil by Luke Howard|
Surely it can have both with redevelopment rather than destruction - there should be laws against this!!!
'The namer of clouds' - what a wonderful accolade!
Signed and tweeted...I thought I'd already signed something, but maybe it was to get the blue plaque listing in the first place. Highly recommend Richard Hamblyn's book about Howard.
Although it would be quite fitting if the house had no roof... There's an app called CloudSpotter and every time you identify a cloud, you help NASA.
P.S. I loved this piece!
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