Can You Crack the Code?
Posted by Craig H on 21 August 2009
Partly because it’s summer, partly because I visited Bletchley Park this week, but mostly because I’ve been intrigued by it for years, I’m posting a challenge on an enigma very close to the Symbian offices (most of us here walk past it every day!)
There’s an area of historic housing on Mitre Road and Ufford Street, between our office and Waterloo station. It was built by the Ecclesiastical and Church Estates Commissioners for England around 100 years ago, inspired by the ideas of Victorian housing reformer Octavia Hill (after whom it is now named). The thing that intrigues me is the irregular pattern on the cast iron railings at various points on the boundaries of the estate along Webber Street and Short Street:
I don’t know if these railings are original, but they certainly look it to me. Oddly, they’re not mentioned in the official conservation area report. The question is, are these patterns just random or is there a message hidden in them?
You can see the railings in Google Street View from the above map (“View Larger Map” and drag the little orange person) but for convenience I’ve transcribed them here: