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Concrete columns and the way to Hancock & Lant

Sandwiched between the River Don and Blonk Street is the I Quarter (formerly Hancock & Lant) Tower. I’m not sure where the I Quarter name comes from – maybe the developers? – but Hancock and Lant was a furniture store established in the 1930s that used to have its showroom in the same location. They moved address at some point to, I believe, Queen’s Road, but I’m not sure if they are still trading.

The access to the store was via a very narrow road that ran between the building and the river, with a small area where, if you were lucky, you could find a parking space. I say road, but that doesn’t really illustrate just how narrow it was for vehicles, and there was always the fear of getting trapped down there as there was no way that anything other than a bicycle would have been able to squeeze past any othe vehicle. Today’s photographs show this location, although it is no longer accessible from this end by motor vehicles due to the concrete support columns of the I Quarter building.


Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins 20° .

Taken on 6 March 2022

2 thoughts on “Concrete columns and the way to Hancock & Lant

  1. There are some great shadows and reflections in that second photo. It makes me wish you had gone fully abstract, gotten in close, and taken a photo of just the shadows, reflections, and glass. Assuming you could work around/between the columns, I think there are definitely a few workable compositions there.


    1. It’s always a place I can revisit pretty easily.

      On the day in question I think I was taking photos because I could, rather than because I really wanted to. Sometimes, because I’m at work most of the week, I have to take the chance to get out when I can, but that doesn’t always coincide with my feeling creative. I got a few photos I like from the outing, but also some that I probably shouldn’t have pressed the shutter button for.


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