The stones of Spitalfields
History is literally just beneath my feet here in Spitalfields, as I’ve discovered recently while they have been resurfacing our streets. For just a few brief hours after they had scraped off the old surface and before they laid the new tarmac, the beautifully laid granite setts were exposed. I was struck by the fine craftsmanship and it reminded me of the streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Apparently, these setts have to be covered in case they damage cars that drive over them, though it occurred to me that leaving them exposed might provide some welcome traffic calming. Now the stones are covered again with a thick layer of tarmac but, as my neighbour said to me, it is nice to know they’re there.