When I am lonely for boys it’s their bodies I miss. I study their hands lifting the cigarettes in the darkness of the movie theaters, the slope of a shoulder, the angle of a hip. Looking at them sideways, I examine them in different lights. My love for them is visual: that is the part of them I would like to possess. Don’t move, I think. Stay like that, let me have that.
Oxford University Natural History Museum, Deane and Woodward, Oxford, 1855-60
- Gothic Revival
- Strongly influenced by John Ruskin’s interest in expressing the natural world through architecture
- Most striking is the glass and iron roof. The first attempt at making the roof collapsed, as it couldn’t support its own weight.
- A second attempt rectified the mistakes, and still stands today.
- Cast iron columns support the roof
- Columns around the hall are each made of a different type of British stone.
Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale, 1777-79
- The first bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron.
- Cast iron had previously been too expensive a material to use, but a nearby furnace enabled the bridge to be made relatively cheaply.
- As there was no precedent, the bridge was put together as if it was made of wood. Each piece of iron was cast individually then attached together later.
‘I believe that you are the devil himself!’ he cried. Holmes smiled at the compliment.
—Dr. Leon Sterndale in The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (via thebarofgold)