Monday, 5 March 2012

Field Study's Man in E17 can't see the Wood for the Mood St

Wood Street Indoor Market
Field Study's Man in E17 was afflicted by a touch of the old heebie jeebies following his encounter with the dishevelled Comus - the ancient Greek and totally brassic god of festivity, revels and nocturnal dalliances - at the Forest Road end of Wood Street. The field student decided he should refrain from the illuminated (up lit) nocturnal attractions of Wood St and instead execute his studies in the daytime. Of course, the daylight hours offer a field student of the fantastic opportunities to monitor the presence of those entities which are made inert by the light of day; while at night they are free to roam.

Antique City Market Collectors Centre - Wood St
aka Wood St Indoor Market

You may consider anyone who sees the dragon (pictured above) come alive at night a bit 'Harry Potty' however Field Study's Man in E17 is not entirely sure every feral fox he sees is in fact a feral fox and so has begun exploring other possibilities including 'the Wood St dragon theory'.

The field student headed south, towards the Whipps Cross end of Wood St, plugged into an ipod as has become his custom while out walking of late. Quite by chance while passing by what was The Plough and is now Wood Street Supermarket (with flats above?) he found himself listening to Norma Waterson singing, Seven Virgins (or The Leaves of Life) - a spring time ballad carol. There is an excellent website - with the lyrics to this song including a comment on a possible 'mondegreen' sang on the version recorded for The Watersons, Frost and Fire - A Calender of Ritual and Magic Songs. Some of the resonance and serendipity in hearing this song at that site is in that dead or lost pub was a venue of the Walthamstow Folk Club.

Field Study's Man in E17 mused on the irony of the building's transformation. While, in his mind The Plough was not one of the most attractive pubs to look at, he thinks the current signage and display design is pretty (sic) insensitive to the character of the building however he did not frequent The Plough (and once resident Folk Club) as much as he could have and so cannot justify any personal chagrin at the transformation of that building.

The Death Stump of Wood Street

Away from this, the sombre felled tree of death with its dismally absent birds, and towards perhaps the dazzling tree of life with iridescent leaves. Further south along Wood St there seemed to be a strange static charge to the air. The field student became concerned at what he thought was a fault with his personal music player but discovered, as he turned it off, his music had been usurped by an exterior and very crackly combination of screech and wail - as if a very old 78 were being played via a huge 'pa'.

Could it have been daytime sorcery in the form of a sonic attack? The field student delved into his bag of anti sorcery tricks and chose a holed stone to counter the cacophony thrashing at the delicate membranes of his inner ears. The psycho stone worked. Field Study's Man in E17 deduced the source of the noise to be the figures inhabiting the facade and entrance to Clock House.

Here (above) are some post hullabaloo photographic records of the visit to Clock House. The field student was not convinced these characters were actually responsible for the strangely charmed or charged atmosphere and so he continued his psycho snoop and discovered the remnants of a bizarre crypto forest conjugation - the car park to the rear being a tryst of vine and pole.

Of course these are the bare notes recounting Field Study's Man in E17's adventures on Wood St. Further research is needed to substantiate his claims as to the fantastic nature of the said street. On his return to Base Camp Beere, the field student looked up Clock House online - here - British Listed Buildings.  The listing text for Clock House, as far as Field Study's Man in E17 understands, shows the building's location as Mood Street -

Walthamstow, E17
5/6 (west side)

Clock House

This, thought Field Study's Man in E17, explains a lot.

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