The Sky’s the Limit
Down on the ground again, and I am afraid the bad weather did delay the start here at the end of November. But the contractors are catching up. You can see the new kerb line and how it will extend the pavement into the road. (The old line is marked by the left edge of the concrete in the middle distance.) We did find part of an old cellar in the foreground but I am not expecting any more (fortunately): there were no buildings on the site before work started on the Portrait Gallery in 1885 (apart from a short-lived, temporary shed of a gallery at the extreme east end). The ground had been used as a private, walled garden, owned by proprietors in St Andrew Square, and probably bought speculatively more than a century earlier.