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1984-1997: Streets – Setting Standards

Neal Street and Earlham Street (East) sett laying almost complete. Neal Street and Earlham Street (East) sett laying almost complete.

The template recommended and implemented was York stone footways with the carriageway in setts. All the bollards, specially designed street name plates and lamp columns were embossed with the symbol of the ancient Parish of St. Giles-in-the-Fields. The existing seven different sorts of bollards were removed. Works on the carriage-way included informal raised crossing points for pedestrians, linked where possible to entrances and doubling up as traffic calming measures. Improvements were also made to the Seven Dials roundabout where a circle of small York stones was installed around the perimeter. The scheme was devised by Peter Heath of Civic Design Partnership.

Neal Street improvement scheme 1984. Without the benefit of the Renaissance Study.
Neal Street improvement scheme 1984. Without the benefit of the Renaissance Study.

Neal Street into Shaftesbury Avenue.
Neal Street into Shaftesbury Avenue.

Tower Court York stone paving funded by Stanhope PLC.
Tower Court York stone paving funded by Stanhope PLC.

Short's Gardens in 1990, before street improvement works.
Short's Gardens in 1990, before street improvement works.

Earlham Street east, before street improvement works.
Earlham Street east, before street improvement works.

Short's Gardens axonometric, one of many drawn up by Peter Heath.
Short's Gardens axonometric, one of many drawn up by Peter Heath.

The works begin on Neal Street and Earlham Street east.
The works begin on Neal Street and Earlham Street east.

Earlham Street east dug up.
Earlham Street east dug up.

Earlham Street east skimmed.
Earlham Street east skimmed.

Heavy machinery in Earlham Street.
Heavy machinery in Earlham Street.

Neal Street sett laying.
Neal Street sett laying.

Earlham Street east sett laying.
Earlham Street east sett laying.


Works progress in Neal Street and Earlham Street east.

1984: Neal Street and Earlham Street east almost completed. Skilled painting of the Golden Hind motif on the street furniture underway.
1984: Neal Street and Earlham Street east almost completed. Skilled painting of the Golden Hind motif on the street furniture underway.

Neal Street / Earlham Street junction finally complete.
Neal Street / Earlham Street junction finally complete.

Setts and York stone on Neal Street and Earlham Street.
Setts and York stone.

Setts, York stone and Seven Dials bollards.
Setts, York stone and Seven Dials bollards.

Earlham Street east part finished, York stone and cobbles.
Earlham Street east part finished, York stone and cobbles.

Earlham Street completed, with restored fa�ade of Seven Dials Warehouse.
Earlham Street completed, with restored façade of Seven Dials Warehouse.

2006 Junction of Neal Street and Earlham Street repaved with York stone, with Seven Dials bollards and lamp posts.
2006 Junction of Neal Street and Earlham Street repaved with York stone, with Seven Dials bollards and lamp posts.

Earlham Street 20 years later.
Earlham Street twenty years later.

Neal Street, contrasting with the 1984 works in the distance.
Neal Street, note the contrast with the 1984 works in the distance.

Mercer Street south, setts restored.
Mercer Street south, setts restored.

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