IMG 6993 690x495 - St Pancras at 150 #2

A follow on from Monday’s feature which showed mainly aspects of the station and the railway from the 1860s to 2016. This post covers the period 2006 to 2018, from the reconstruction of St. Pancras as an international station right through to the 150 celebrations and includes many aspects ofRead More →

IMG 6993 690x495 - St Pancras at 150

Today its 150 years since St. Pancras station opened its doors. I thought it would be nice to celebrate with a series of pictures. These pictures range from the construction of the station right to the present as well as the hotel and other aspects and there is a goodRead More →

IMG 1237fi 690x495 - Paddington's Design Festival

This weekend the Design Festival begins with many locations London wide. For the first time Paddington basin is getting involved along with a number of other sites. Although today, Thursday 13th, was a launch event for participants, the exhibits are already up and running and can be previewed prior toRead More →

DSC 0089fi 690x495 - St. Pancras water fountain

It was most pleasant to see the old drinking water fountain restored as part of what will eventually be a good network of water fountains, thereby prompting many to ditch the act of buying these awful plastic bottles! The drinking fountain was restored as part of the station’s 150th anniversaryRead More →

rochesterfi 690x495 - The Six Poor Travellers House

Rochester – which has many connections with Charles Dickens and features a house of his, is a lovely town on the banks of the Medway. There is lots of history and one of these concerns the Richard Watts charity. Established in 1579, it’s intent was to provide accommodation for theRead More →

DSC 6731fi 690x495 - Museum fish and animals

The post I did right back in the first days of this blog, London’s museum fish, featured the lovely terracotta tiles seen inside the Natural History Museum. At the time this had been the most successful post so far on my blog. Two more posts were done as a followRead More →

IMG 7939fi 690x495 - A London viaduct with high & low lines!

These days there’s talk of high lines (Camden, Peckham) whilst London already has a low line which I have written about here. These are walking routes along the top or along the bottom of viaducts. This is one viaduct, a real historic one too that has both a ready madeRead More →

DSC 6415fi 690x495 - City Spires & Towers #8

A couple of revisits in this year’s first posting of City Spires & Towers. The biggest change is perhaps 22 and 100 Bishopsgate which more than a year ago were still mostly concrete skeletons with far less height than now. The enormous changes on Bishopsgate has invariably changed the areaRead More →

DSC 0308fi 690x495 - Lymington Pier & Nig Banda

This isn’t a write up on some rap character called Nig Banda who hails from Lymington! Its more about a scale map I have of the railway branch from Brockenhurst to Lymington and a practically forgotten reprographic company known as Nig Banda. The entire Lymington Town/Pier railway plan laid out.Read More →

DSC 6256fi 690x495 - The Thameslink tunnels' 150th anniversary

Another Thameslink anniversary that has come around in 2018! This is an important one as it also denotes the very first day in question when the Midland Railway began serving all the new stations from Bedford right down into Central London, long before St. Pancras station itself opened. The currentRead More →