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The Columbia Road mosaic

Every Sunday, a popular flower and plant market fills Columbia Road in east London.

The road has another colourful spectacle which is less well known - an enormous mosaic covering the wall of the primary school. The bustle of the market and the stalls of flowers mean that it is probably missed by many visitors who come to stock up their hanging baskets and gardens.

columbia road

columbia road mosaic


A plaque on the wall states that:

"This Mosaic was done by the Children of the Columbia Primary School with help from Oxford House Community Arts Work Shop. It started in May 1987 and finished in Sept 1988. It shows life and history in and around Columbia School and Tower Hamlets."

The mosaic covers the front wall of the school yard, a length of about 50 metres, chiefly using vitreous glass tiles.

columbia road mosaic

Columbia Road is in east London, off Hackney Road, north of Liverpool Street Station. On the other pages of pictures from Columbia Road, you can see:

some scenes from the mosaic (posting a letter, flower market, fountain, quilt)
more scenes (bicycle, birdcage, fish stall)
details (mosque, face, rabbit, hedgehog).

columbia road flower market

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