June Roof: Dreaming Spires

Oxford spires

“That sweet city with her dreaming spires”

This is Oxford and some of its renowned spires dotted about the rooftops. The phrase “dreaming spires” is from a poem by Matthew Arnold with its lines describing a view of Oxford: “And that sweet city with her dreaming spires,/ She needs not June for beauty’s heightening.”

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June Roof: Looking down on skyscrapers

Manhattan rooftops

There are so many roofs here it’s hard to make sense of them. None, it should be said, is particularly attractive! The flat roofs of modern city buildings aren’t exactly eye catching. This shot was taken from the “top of the rock”, the 70th floor (850 ft/230 m up) of the Rockerfeller building in Manhattan, New York City.

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June Roof: Closer to home

Bondi rooftops

“Closer to home” indeed! These are the roofs of houses beside my apartment building, shot from my window. These clunky chunky roof tiles are very Australian, or at least very Sydney. I often wonder what those two small peaked structures on the nearest roof are, and how one become damaged — and why it was never repaired.

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June Roof: “All Aboard!”

The roof of the "train shed', St Pancras International Train Station, London

The roof of the “train shed’, St Pancras International Train Station, London

This single-span iron and glass roof encloses the “train shed” of London’s St Pancras International Train Station, home to high-speed Eurostar trains to Europe. (And also slower trains for domestic services.) “The arched, cast iron station canopy spans 240 feet (73 m) across the platforms without intermediate support – then [1860s] the widest of its kind in the world. It was designed as a cost effective and efficient means of avoiding the need for additional solid structure in the lower level [where beer from breweries was stored].” source

Not in this photo, sadly, is the Champagne Bar at platform level — the longest champagne bar in Europe, and a marvellous spot from which to admire this stunning roof. Certain suites at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel also overlook the train shed. I’ll be staying at the hotel in August on the night before a friend and I head off to Paris on Eurostar, and I’ve requested “a room with a view”. Photos to follow!

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June Roof: Anyone for Tennis?

Tennis court on roof

Tennis court on the roof

This tennis court in the sky is very near where I work in downtown Sydney — in fact, I took the photo from the 15th floor of my office building. I’ve never seen anyone actually playing tennis here, but the entire court was recently substantially refurbished, so it must get used sometime. Despite that netting, I can’t help but imagine balls falling on the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians below!

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June Roof: Here be Dragons

Dragon on a roof

Here’s a handsome devil! Well, dragon really, not devil. Peering down from his perch on a roof in … where? Looks Chinese, doesn’t he? Certainly not very Aussie, strewth! Yet I spotted him in Ettalong, north of Sydney.

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June Roof: Stone

Castle Combe "The Prettiest Village In England"

Castle Combe “The Prettiest Village In England”

Back to England for this photo. An old photo (1998), which explains the fuzzy focus. You can nonetheless make out those marvellously steep roofs/rooves clad with what look like slabs of stone. These are seriously sturdy buildings. This Cotswolds town is known as “The Prettiest Village In England” but I suspect that’s self-proclaimed. 😉

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