Hope for rare Grade 2 listed railings as Hackney council promises a makeover

Colvestone©DA22section: david.altheer@gmail.com decaying railings at Colvestone Primary Dalston E8 2LG 090222

COLVESTONE PRIMARY at Dalston E8 2LG is a classic Victorian school that always used to look in good shape.

Until at some stage dowdiness was allowed to set in: the bicycle rack-planters, for example, in the front garden of the caretaker’s cottage were unused for so long they started to visibly rust and the plants died. Some passers-by even offered to buy one or two of the costly items.

Weedy ’n’ needy: seven of the costly bike rack-plant holders the school bought and then left to rust, at the same time as a placard protested, below, at the school about possible budget cuts

Colve©DA18sign: Colvestone Primary School in Dalston, #Hackney, protests about funding cuts 3007818 © david.altheer@gmail.com

The long row of 1860s iron railings at the front of the Grade 2 listed building, probably unique in design, became in sore need of rubbing down and repainting… but nothing was done.

Hackney council, however, has come to the rescue. It wants the railings fully restored. Work is to start next month March 2022.

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Colvestone©DA22front: david.altheer@gmail.com colvestone primary Dalston E8 2LG 050222

* Colvestone primary school is at the west end of Colvestone Crescent, Dalston E8 2LG (20 7254 1143), near Ridley Road Market. The schools inspectorate rated it “2, good” (“outstanding” is the top rating).

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One thought on “Hope for rare Grade 2 listed railings as Hackney council promises a makeover

  1. I arranged the purchase of the bike planters that came to languish outside Colvestone school. They were such an eyesore and so expensive to buy new. They are now happily replanted by a local community gardening group and available for users of Hackney Council for Voluntary Service.

    * Thank you. Hard to understand why the planters, which many people initially admired, were an “eyesore” at the school and could be “happily replanted” elsewhere. Thereby hangs a tale… but not one that Loving Dalston has the time to obtain. — Editor

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