|Mudlarking Find: James Woodroffe Clay Pipe 1789-1799|
As the weeks went by I kept coming back to my delight in finding something I could trace to a familiar London Street. Eventually I decided to go and take a look.
Ozge Bozyigit and her father Nihat Bozyigit welcomed me with Turkish tea and hospitality to 'The Legend' their barbers shop. Ozge had taken a break from her medical studies to meet me as she was particularly intrigued.
The little object reunited with its birthplace after 200 years was passed around and considered, and considered again, as Nihat and his staff calmly attended to their customers. Turkish coffee and Turkish delight were delivered, encased in ornate silver metal work, to the men who'd chosen Saturday lunchtime to give themselves up to the full works. The large barbers chairs looked the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the ritual finale, cosseted and cocooned under hot towels.
|Ozge Bozyigit and her brother iphoning Woodroffe's 200 year old pipe.|
|Nihat Bozyigit making out the lettering on Woodroff'e's Pipe|
|One of Legend's customers getting into the history too.|
What hasn't changed is James Woodroffe's view - a rather elegant icing cake church, St Lukes, built across the road in 1733.