maybe the ligature on Hillside Cottage’s tt was inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and I was flattered when Chipp suggested it,
but actually I was in a quandary, and waiting patiently for my eye to see which way to go. It’s taken a week, and several more letters, and moving the stone down to start carving the H and then I could see what to do.
Meanwhile, I discovered that the Rotherhithe Tunnel was NOT built by I.K. Brunel’s father Marc Isambard Brunel – they, father and son, built the Thames Tunnel, once an underwater shopping arcade, now used by the Overground.
Those nightmare sharp bends in the Rotherhithe Tunnel are because it was intended for pedestrian and horse-drawn traffic. The bends stopped the horses from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel too soon and bolting for home. Certainly I felt like bolting for home the first time I drove it. However, if you can hold your nerve and get used to it, it’s a useful way to get home to Hackney.