Really, just this weekend I was delighted to add up the latest monkey findings and report the catalogue is now at 232 monkeys. Good work all you budding spotters, hunters and Agents out in the field doing stirling work.
But today, dear readers, I can report another clutch of monkeys, from several locations, which makes the catalogue already 241! Here’s the latest findings.
First up, our first and regular agent in Hereford, Agent Jeff, has spotted yet another three in his home location of Bartestree.
Bartestree is an area to the east of Hereford where Agent Jeff lives (he is originally from Liverpool). In addition to the five shown here, there is another monkey – Jeff’s monkey which is a baby. You can see that here, HR20 can be seen here, and HR37 here.
New HR monkeys are HR42 which is in the garden of a house in Hagley Orchard and visible from Barnaby Avenue.
It is also visible from the school car park as well.
HR43 is in Malvern Place, rather overcrowded and damaged. ‘Rather sad,’ said Jeff. Indeed.
And HR44 is in the front garden of a house in Longworth Lane.
Over in Shropshire I have been sent another monkey from another Shropshire agent. You may recall Agent Shane has got the Shropshire catalogue off to a good start – both in SY and TF. Agent Simon has now sent me a lovely tree which is in Montford Bridge, to the north west of Shrewsbury. He tells me it was planted about 10 years ago to replace an older monkey that had blown down in a gale.
Agent Simon says, ‘There are a few other monkey puzzles, along with interesting old conifers, dotted around Shrewsbury’s Victorian suburbs.’ I look forward to seeing them. Here’s the map:
And the new agents in SE London continue to send in their monkeys. Good work from Agent Millwall MPT (although of course we’d expect nothing less!). This one is our first in Kent, and is at Coolings Nursery in Knockholt where they have a good range of monkeys for sale from small ones to a 5-6ft monkey for about £700. This one’s not for sale.
But if you do have a spare £700 and fancy a monkey, this is where the nursery is located:
Back in SE territory we have SE9 outside Dulwich Library, also sent to me by Agent Millwall MPT:
And the same tree photographed by Agent Dragonblaze:
The SE catalogue is doing really well.
*Note (4 August 2014), since writing this post and cataloguing Nelson Square as SE7 and the Bricklayers Arms roundabout as SE8, Agent Dragonblaze has found two further monkeys in Crystal Palace Park. So I have re-catalogued SE7 as SE10, and SE8 as SE11, so that the four Crystal Palace monkeys can have sequential numbering. You can read about them here.
And then, today, I found a cluster up near Southport. I wasn’t even on a monkey hunting expedition, although that’s often how it happens! Driving home from Southport crematorium and a familiar shape catches my eye. When I turn off to find it I am surprised to find two more just around the corner. A PR cluster – the Sandon Road trio, taken on my phone….. a reminder to all us monkey hunters to carry a camera – if we use one – at all times because you just never know.
Here are PR12 and PR13 both in Dunbar Road.
And the original monkey I spotted is still a little way off…
But turns out to be a very nice monkey indeed, in Sandon Road.
A good day. Well done everyone for keeping your eyes peeled.