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Old October 20th 18, 09:39 PM posted to uk.transport.london
James Heaton[_4_] James Heaton[_4_] is offline
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Default Swastikas in London


"Graeme Wall" wrote in message
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On 20/10/2018 10:23, Offramp wrote:
I suppose some of us know that here is an inlaid swastika in the floor of
Upminster Bridge Station. I didn't until about a week ago.

The only other permanent swastika I could think of is on the side of the
Indian High Commission at Aldwych, right at the end of Kingsway.

I remember a small Indian shop near me had a hand-written NO SMOKING sign
that was covered in hand-drawn swastikas, not meaning "this rule will be
rigorously enforced" but simply, "for health".


The original "swastika" is a very old Indian symbol for good luck, IIRC
the Nazi version is actually drawn backwards.


A distant relative had them in the ceiling of her council house in
Birkenhead, as a feature surrounding the lighting rose.

Given she was extremely elderly when I was a child, I would imagine they
were original to the house and had probably been there since late 20s/early
30s.

Having been a midwife in Birkenhead and Liverpool in the interwar years, she
certainly wasn't right-leaning, and had she been that way minded could
probably have knocked out a couple of books to rival the 'call the midwife'
series!

James