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14-DEC-2004

14th December 2004 - 14th day of advent - Hoover Factory (and other important buildings)

Isnít this building beautiful? It is a listed building on one of Londonís busiest arterial roads, the A40. Anyone travelling by road from Central London to Oxford by road will pass this if they go by the obvious route.

When I first moved to this district in the mid-70s, the building was the Hoover factory, where they made washing machines (I think). Many of my school friends went there to work as apprentices in one field or another. If you passed the factory on a sunny day, the work force would all be sitting eating their lunch on the lawn outside the front of the building.

Hoover stopped making things here and moved their production to South WalesÖ..and now the Far East. The Hoover Factory became vacant. Itís now a supermarket and also houses offices for one of the tobacco barons.

I just love this place - it's got the lot - staggering beauty (strange in a washing machine factory), presence, history and a strong link to my own past. Every time I went in and out of London in my car, I went past it and smiled. It symbolised coming 'home' as it is just five miles from where I spent a good chunk of my teens.

Iíve learned this year that our industrial architectural heritage is being lost rapidly. The Cornish Mining Industry proves that. Iíve also learned that it depends where you are and how visible to a degree. If not, then why is this building listed (not that I'm complaining about this being listed, I'm more worried that SC isn't) when South Caradon Mine isnít?


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exzim23-Apr-2007 17:48
Just found this image. Glad you've kept it here. As a child I had an aunt who lived at Greystoke Park Terrace, just along the road near to Hangar Lane tube station. When we visited her we drove past the Hoover building. That was not long after WWII and the building seemed so very different in look to the rest of a very war worn and tired London.
Guest 20-Dec-2004 13:21
Ah, memories!!! I too love the Hoover Building for all the same reasons. We have a similar - art deco I think you call it - just a mile from our home in Kings Langley, which was until very recently the Ovaltine factory. It is now being ripped down for a housing development, but they are having to keep the front of the building intact, so hopefully it will end up looking as magnificent as this again one day.

By the way, this is a lovely photo... when I get my new (second hand) camera, maybe I'll be stopping off to take similar shots to this one!

Love Jan XX
Guest 16-Dec-2004 22:05
A beautiful building and given the jsutice it deserves with this picture. Love that Elvis Costello song.
Guest 16-Dec-2004 21:21
Damn!!! I've been thinking about going to take a shot of this building too...i used to pass it every week on the way to our sportsfield back in my schooldays...and you've taken the shot already!!! DAMN!!!!!!!!
Tis a beautiful building, isn't it :)
Karen Stuebing15-Dec-2004 11:55
Great lighting and very pretty architectural structure. Glad they left the original name on it.
Jim B15-Dec-2004 08:35
Did you shoot this will moving along the A40? If you did, that's quite a shot!
virginiacoastline15-Dec-2004 02:48
is it a green building . .or just illuminated so??
Guest 15-Dec-2004 00:33
Wow! That's gorgeous!
Guest 15-Dec-2004 00:31
Damn, I love this shot! I was in Italy a month ago and I was watching the bbc, and they had a special on architecture and this was one of the buildings they profiled.
Ray :)15-Dec-2004 00:23
A lovely picture of a lovely building - one which was listed only in the last few years if I recall. I was only watching a documentary last night about that "Free Flights" debacle.....
Stu15-Dec-2004 00:15
What a lovely colour!
Si Kirk14-Dec-2004 23:46
Been a long time since i last saw this building, i guess this is protected as there is but one building, there were many mines, great photo.