RED IS LONDONâ€™S COLOUR
The cabs of the early 19th century were red.
Pillar boxes are red
Telephone boxes until recently were red.
The buses are still red.
Underground trains were once all red.
The tiles of Roman London were red.
The original wall of London was built from red sandstone.
London Bridge was reported to be imbued with red.
â€˜Bespattered with the blood of little childrenâ€™ as part of an ancient rite of building.
Red is the colour of violence.
The guild of the mercers, the great early capitalists, wore red livery.
The pensioners of Chelsea Hospital still wear red uniforms.
Red was the colour used to mark street improvements on streets of London.
On maps of London red indicated areas of the â€˜well to doâ€™ or wealthy.
â€˜Redâ€™ was the cockney slang for gold itself.
The London river workers who supported the riot mobs of 1768 invented the red flag as a token of radical discontent.
Red crosses were placed on the doors of households shut up with the plague.
The fire fighters of London wore red jackets.
In the Great Fire of London in 1666 John Locke noted:
â€˜It creates sunbeams of a strange red dim lightâ€™
PAINT THE TOWN RED
|Alan Baker , 17 yrs
|Brentside High School Ealing's Specialist Arts College