Brief: ‘What is Faraday’s Legacy on Elephant & Castle’ – use either photography, words, poems, films etc.
I’ve walked past this building and have wondered what it was – I knew there was a connection with the tube (It houses the London Underground’s Electrical Substation for the Northern Line) and that there was another reason for it’s existence!
I add some electrical sockets to the metal squares and one plug to give make the (electrical!!) connection to the building.
I was surprised to find out that it’s a Memorial to Michael Faraday, the Victorian Scientist who lived in Newington Butts which is now known as Elephant & Castle.
Designed by Brutalist Architect Rodney Gordon in 1959 and built in 1961 – It is a stainless steel box that was originally suppose to built in glass so that the transformer could be seen in all it’s glory but the worry of vandalism and future costs meant that steel was used in teh final design. It does has a rather nice lighting system designed by a local child from English Martyrs R.C primary school via a Blue Peter competition.
Apparently other aspects of the original design were also missed out so not many people know (including myself) it’s reason for being!
There is a plaque but as it would involve risking one’s life to read the inscription it will have to remain something that is either passed around verbally or people will have to google for the information!
There are some rumours that the Memorial will be moved as the area is under redevelopment and it could end up at the Walworth Road alongside the Cuming Museum.
When I was looking up information I came across this image on the web and the next day ended up seeing it myself when I met friends for dinner! (what a coincidence!)