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Elephant & Castle Roundabout RIP

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Uploaded on Jun 3, 2011

The northern roundabout at the Elephant & Castle with the Michael Faraday Memorial - It was circled it about 4 or 5 times to acquire the footage viewed here. The roundabout is now already under reconstruction as part of the E&C redevelopment.It will cease shortly to be a roundabout with the southern end joined to the shopping center and Northern Line Tube Station.

The northern roundabout dates from the reconstruction of the Elephant & Castle area in the 1960's. At that time, most of the old buildings were pulled down and the new road layouts built up from scratch, along with the high rise housing, subways, ramps and shopping centre.

The Faraday Memorial clelebrates the 19th century Chemist and Physicist, Michael Faraday, who grew up close to this area. The monument was designed by Rodney Gordon, and disguises a Londond Underground electrical substation for the Northern and Bakerloo lines.

The roundabout is sited more or less at the location of the old Elephant & Castle Public House which gave it's name to the area.

Look out for glimpses of the now demolished Heygate Estate on the approach from the northern end heading east.

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