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This way to Hempstead!

Road marking blunder brings much-needed smiles to Camden Town

30 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Actual road markings in Camden High Street today (Monday)

BOTCHED road markings in Camden Town drew a much-needed smile from passers-by today (Monday).

“Hemp-stead”, instead of Hampstead, appeared in Camden High Street in big bold white capital letters.

The irony of the bungle was not lost on those who knew the markings pointed from the tube station towards Camden Lock, for decades a world famous destination for a variety of hemp-based products.

“Now lost tourists have a special sign directing them straight there,” said one.

The ‘Hempstead’ spelling also drew jokes about posh accents used by some residents living at the top of the hill in NW3.

The markings are believed to have been painted as part of a Transport for London revamp of the Britannia Junction in Camden Town.

One of the first people to tweet the blunder, @Akstylelondon, said “some people have asked if I’ve photoshopped this, and I have not”.

On Tuesday – a day after the blunder – David Sockett, head of project and programme delivery at TfL, said: “We’d like to apologise for the unfortunate spelling error on Camden High Street, where work had been carried out to make Britannia Junction safer. The error has now been rectified.”

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