If you ever need to be reminded what an exciting thing everyday life is, take a trip to suburbia. It never fails to stop you in your tracks and make you go, "huh"? Especially if you take a trip to a suburb near to, but not quite, where you live. Yesterday I took an afternoon stroll around Streatham and Tooting. Walking by the railway line on Conyers Road, I saw this:
Credit to this chap, who I think took this photo.
Here is another picture, taken in 1895:
It was built in 1888, and houses monitoring equipment for Thames Water. It is grade 2 listed, and quite right too. Who in South London knew that there was a mini Brighton Pavilion on their doorstep, and that it was built for the prosaic function of pumping water?