The mysterious lizards of Charlton

Lizard stencil
Lizard stencil outside Charlton House

In an area where little’s been done for many years to smarten up the streets, these lizard stencils popped up a week or so ago. There was one behind Charlton House, and one on a wall in Victoria Way.

Victoria Way lizard
A lizard in Victoria Way

In fact, there were three in Victoria Way…

Victoria Way lizard
A lizard rests in the sun in Victoria Way
Victoria Way lizard
A lizard about to get run over

And one about to go for a drink at the Charlton Liberal Club (if it hadn’t closed last year).

Charlton Church Lane lizard
Lizard on Charlton Church Lane

There wasn’t one at Charlton Reptiles, though…

Charlton Reptiles
No lizard stencils here

They were washed away by rain last Monday, all except one – at the bus stop at the top of Victoria Way. There were some mutterings that they may have been gang symbols – but the locations would seem to count against that.

Hopefully, they were put there by someone who wanted to brighten up the area. Or even just for a laugh. In an area where the public realm is tatty and civic pride is lacking, they caught the eye. Will the lizards return? We wait and see.

Lizard stencil
Charlton Road lizard


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