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Pylon of the Month October 2010

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After two recent posts about pylons that have not yet been built and a holiday pylon that was very much in the background, I felt that it was time to get back to a plain vanilla picture of a pylon.  The picture may not be anything unusual (although it is far from dull especially with the sky in the background), but this is a pylon that played a part in music history.  It was sent in by the a pylon fan at the legendary Bridge House II music venue in Canning Town East London.  This is the reincarnation of the original Bridge House, a pub that was the "premier pub rock venue of the 70's and the first pub in the world with its own record label". Paul Young and the Q-tips, Dire Straits, A Flock of Seagulls and Billy Bragg played there as did Iron Maiden (over 35 times with 3 different singers).   Even Mick Jager and Keith Richards drank there when supporting Charlie Watt's band, Rocket 88.  The pub has always had a pylon its logo as you can see below.  

Pylons just don't get any more Rock and Roll than this.


Most pylons so far on Pylon of the Month have been in a field or by the side of a road and so can be quite difficult to track down.  As the new Bridge House has a postcode (E16 4ST) you can find this pylon on Google Maps and then zoom in on the satellite view, before clicking on the orange man by the +/- zoom controls to get a street view.  There are quite a few pylons nearby so you have to look carefully to make sure that you've got the right one.  Not quite as good as going along in person but if you're not planning to be in Canning Town anytime soon, it might have to do.