Monday, January 09, 2006

Merton Abbey Mills

It was disheartening, but not surprising, to read in the Wimbledon Guardian that the buildings that have sprouted around my office in the old Liberty Apprentice Shop in Abbey Mills rate very highly in their Merton's Monstrosities campaign.

One of the interviewees described the development as "ugly and overcrowded with no reference to the history of the site it occupies", which couldn't help but bring the Abbey that once stood here to mind as well as the Wikipedia entry for it that I kicked off last April.

Looking at it today for the first time in months I was surprised to see that it had been updated nine times since I last worked on it. You can see the changes here.

The gradual but inexorable agglomeration of information on Wikipedia is one of the most fascinating phenomena of our age. I wonder what it will look like in ten years time when you consider that just over a decade ago Yahoo looked like this?

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