I have just stumbled across your blog. As part of a pilot project in 2009, we painted a couple of the stench pipes in Lambeth. We were then successful in getting some match funding from Thames Water and will be painting another 30 this year.
We have quite a few different types in Lambeth. My favourites are the J Stone examples that still have their crown.
I have always been intrigued as to why there are so many different styles and have never been able to find out much about their history.
I attach a couple of lists in case you’re interested. One was compiled provided by a man called Tony Nunn and covers the whole of London. The other is our Lambeth one that shows the stench pipes we are painting.
Glad I am not alone in appreciating these marvellous structures!