Photographer with a love of London's history shares pictures of her favourite bollards

Jessica Morgan
Retired nurse Maggie Jones is fascinated by London's bollards

This Londoner joins the ranks of Britain's most eccentric hobbyists with her love of the capital's bollards.

Maggie Jones, 63, tours the city taking pictures of streetscapes, but is particularly fond of bollards of all shapes and sizes, taking hundreds of photographs of them.

Ms Jones, a retired nurse, today urged people to "open their eyes" to the joys of bollards and their history.

The Putney resident told the Standard today that her obsession began after she moved from Swansea in 2002 and fell in love with the history of London.

“I don’t think Londoners appreciate what they’ve got. I’ve lived here for 15 years and it feels like home.

“Working as a nurse, I’ve always been on the side of the underdog.

Keen photographer: Maggie Jones

“When I see craftsmanship, it reminds me of some Victorian chap struggling to make pennies who is overlooked because the local big wigs get the credit.”

She said her favourite bollard is situated outside St Helen’s church on Bishopsgate.

Over six million people have looked at her photos and she has already been approached by publishers interested in book deals with her.

“I didn’t think this is what retirement would be like, I love it,” Ms Jones said.

She writes a blog about her urban adventures and has posted over 37,000 photos on her Flickr page.

She said: “I don’t like the grand side of London; I prefer the east of the city like Spitalfields, Wapping and Limehouse.

“There’s a whole workforce of hidden people and a lot of working class history going back centuries.”