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A Study in Rubble Creation: Findings in September (1)

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Rubble is created by the destruction of buildings
and on 3rd September a study was carried out by S.P.A.R
on ‘The Haggerston Estate’ in the process of demolition

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London County Council (LCC) buildings
off Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London

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The Digger breaks down the building with precision
so that the rubble created is not too large or too small

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Two profiles of a LCC Building soon to be rubble

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The Digger created a wondrous diagonal pattern
Two ladies who were previously tenants on the estate spoke to S.P.A.R
reminiscing – “It is sad to see them pulled down, though they had their problems”

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Returning on 8th September – The quantity of the rubble had increased greatly
At least some here should be preserved to pile-up in the
entrance lobby of the new development, ‘City Mills’

What is Admirable Rubble? Examples in August 2014

SPAR - Off Kingsland RoadOne wall, fallen down, does not rubble make. However can we make a case for the photo above being rubble?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary Rubble is :

Waste or rough fragments of stone, brick, concrete, etc., especially as the debris from the demolition of buildings 

The Society’s definition of Admirable Rubble can be ventured as thus:

Rubble that embodies all the qualities of the demolished building so meriting a portion being retained as a reminder of its existence even after a new building is in its place

By showing some example of Admirable Rubble taken in August 2014 we hope to remind you that the state between what was and what is to come is rubble.
Brian Guest (S.P.A.R Founder and Secretary)

SPAR - Off Kingsland RoadA surprising find off Kingsland Road

SPAR - Off Kingsland Road
Admirable Rubble, but for how long?

SPAR - Off Kingsland Road (Detail)After this surprisingly vertiginous rubble we walked to a large
site in central London and saw a wondrous variety

SPAR - Near Temple WC1
SPAR - Near Temple WC1
Developers! Whatever you are to build here keep at least some of this rubble intact

Welcome to S.P.A.R

Welcome to The Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (SPAR). Taking inspiration from ‘The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ (SPAB), first convened by William Morris in 1877. The Society is dedicated to preserving the rubble of the UK in all its varied forms. We fight to keep the rubble created from bulldozing people’s homes and businesses on display. Not just as a memorial but as an aesthetically pleasing experience. Expect many photographs of such Rubble to be found here on our new website:
SPAR founder and chairperson, Brian Guest