LB Waltham Forest
|James Lane (outside Nos.32 & 34)|
|Distance (N) from Greenwich|
|OS map details||OS Explorer: 174|
|OS grid ref||TQ 38588.87877|
|WGS84 lat/long||51.572734, -0.001599|
|Type||Pavement (compass rose)|
|Access||Unrestricted. Mark no longer present|
One of over 60 similar marks placed along the length of the borough as part of the millennium celebrations. The compass roses were supplied as preformed thermoplastic sheets, sited with the aid of a detailed map provided by the Borough Engineer, crudely aligned with the aid of a compass, and fused to the ground by the application of heat from a gas burner.
Originally intended to remain in place for the millennium year only, the compass roses were never formally removed. Their current condition varies considerably from mark to mark. James Lane was subject to temporary parking restrictions during the 2012 Olympics. Part of the Meridian mark was destroyed when one of the paving slabs was removed to enable a parking sign to be erected. The sign has since been removed; so too has the Meridian mark which was lost when the pavement was resurfaced at some point between August 2013 and July 2014.