Wednesday, 29 September 2010

It's A London Thing No.8: Abbey Road

It’s a London Thing is our new Wednesday series in which we turn the spotlight on a unique aspect of London – perhaps a curious shop, sometimes an eccentric restaurant, a hidden place, book or oddity. The subject matter will be different every week. The running theme, however, will remain constant: you have to come to London to enjoy it. It’s A London Thing.

The flashing orange globes atop black and white poles that herald zebra crossings are called Belisha beacons (our example here is in Whitechapel) – named for Leslie Hore-Belisha (1893-1957), later Lord Hore-Belisha, who served as Minister for Transport from 1934 – 1937. And while Belisha beacons and zebra crossings are not the exclusive preserve of London, the metropolis can easily lay claim to having the world’s most famous examples of same at Abbey Road.

For visitors to London unsure of how to approach our zebra crossings, Rule 194 of the Highway Code states that drivers must: “Allow pedestrians plenty of time to cross and do not harass them by revving your engine or edging forward.”

Lord Hore-Belisha himself is commemorated with a Blue Plaque at 16 Stafford Place, SW1 in the City of Westminster.

Given that Belisha passed away in 1957, we can only speculate on his opinion regarding Beatlemania. What we can do, however, is tell you what we think of it here at the LW Blog: It’s originally a Liverpool thing; it’s also a bit of a Hamburg thing; but in terms of the lives and work of The Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania, well that's a no-brainer… It’s a London Thing.


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