I had an extraordinary day today. I know that I said, at the end of the last blog, that normal service will resume next week – and I am sure it will. But in the meantime, can I share a few photographs of something more inspiring than I’ve seen in a long time? I happened to have a chance to visit a 1960s power station that is potentially to be decommissioned. Have you seen anything more strangely beautiful, and impressive, in a very long time? In a word – no, you have not.
The control room
The turbine hall
One of the cranes
Small repairs machine shop
Abrasive Wheel regulations 1970
To cap it all, I was taken home for lunch by the person who’d fixed the tour. “Wow”, I said, walking in. “who designed this?” “Hicks”, came the reply. Untouched interiors, and some of the most beautiful rooms I have seen in my life. From the sublime, to the even more sublime. I love days like this. Only in England.