Historical (Page 2)

DSC 0252fi 460x270 - Aldwych station

Its now 24 years this month since Aldwych closed, it was the same day as Ongar and that day, 30th September, for many of us posed a dilemma. Either travel on the last public train from Aldwych or the last public train from Ongar? Fortunately Aldwych’s first train of theRead More →

1sept1968fi 460x270 - The Victoria Line 50th Anniversary Special

The Victoria Line has now attained its 50th anniversary. Certainly 2019 will be seen by some die hard enthusiasts as the true 50th anniversary as that is when Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new tube route. The first section opened in 1968 (Walthamstow to Highbury/Warren Street) thus most ofRead More →

DSC 0393fi 460x270 - The Grand Surrey Canal #2

In the first instalment of this two part series, I looked at Oxestalls Road bridge, the Timberyard development and Blackhorse bridge, plus the wharves in between and the canal towards Trundleys Road. This second post covers the section north from Oxestalls Road bridge towards Greenland Dock. As previously mentioned OxestallsRead More →

DSC 0268fi 460x270 - The Grand Surrey Canal #1

The Grand Surrey Canal is South London’s lost waterway. It stretched from the docks down towards Deptford, then towards Old Kent Road and Camberwell, with branches to New Cross (originally part of the Croydon Canal) and Peckham. It was built in 1801, the engineers initially being Ralph Dodd, with hisRead More →

DSC 0089fi 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 →

IMG 0540fi 460x270 - Thames Embankment opened 150 years ago

Its 150 years exactly since the Victoria Embankment opened to the public. The date in question was Thursday 30th June 1868 and the ceremony took place at Temple Stairs. The main official opening itself did not take place for another two years however. For the first time ever in JulyRead More →

IMG 7939fi 460x270 - 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 6256fi 460x270 - 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 →

IMG 5203fi 460x270 - Woolwich ferry's last trip to town?

Saturday the 8th came and went – it was also the last ever day the Woolwich ferry’s MV James Newman came and went from the city too. This time next year there will be two new ferries, Dame Vera Lynn and Ben Wollacott. One of these (the latter I wouldRead More →

IMG 4668fi 460x270 - St Augustine's Tower EC4

St Augustine’s church, on the east side of St Paul’s Cathedral, is one of several city churches whose tower is the sole remnant. Its proximity shows just how close the Luftwaffe came to destroying the cathedral in the 1940s. An excellent book I found dumped in a bin about fifteenRead More →

SAM 6766 460x270 - London's 'Roman baths'

London’s Roman baths are quite well documented and said to date from the 2nd Century, however they are not really such historic remains often touted. They are more of a folly though they are indeed historic being built during the 17th Century. London does have some real Roman baths suchRead More →

ewertitle 460x270 - Ewer's Grey-Green Coaches

It is over 20 years since the famous Grey-Green coach company ceased to exist. The transport world’s popular household company had been bought out by Cowies, and on 1st January 1998 it became part of the Arriva group. In April 1998 the registered company’s name was signed off into history.Read More →

ebonitefi 460x270 - London's forgotten Ebonite tower

The famous 150 foot high Ebonite tower was a huge landmark to the north of King’s Cross at Vale Royal in Belle Isle, even overshadowing the Metropolitan Cattle Market tower in Caledonian Park a little further north. The Vale Royal tower was outrageously demolished thirty five years ago this month.Read More →

SAM 6207fi 460x270 - Christ's Hospital Sculpture

Christ’s Hospital was a noted school on Newgate in the City of London and known for its bluecoats. It was established in 1552 and three hundred and fifty years later, in 1902 it moved to the country near Horsham, where a village and a railway station of the same nameRead More →

DSC 0585fi 460x270 - A cemetery no longer wanted

London has a number of famous cemeteries or graveyards with a certain air of dereliction, yet still owned and partially maintained by councils or local organisations – with Highgate perhaps the best known example – and Abney Park, Kensal Green, Norwood on the list too. The cemetery I am aboutRead More →

IMG 9717fi 460x270 - Abbey Road - Beatles Reminiscences

This past week it has been a special anniversary in terms of the Beatles. Whilst not an exact jubilee anniversary, its certainly 51 years since the Fab Four visited the iconic studios for the very first time ever. The famous shop has on display a series of pictures with reminiscencesRead More →

siloamfi 460x270 - The Tolpuddle Martyrs (TUC 150th)

Today, the 2nd June, is exactly 150 years since the first steps were taken to set up the Trades Union Congress, and 2018 is the organisation’s 150th anniversary year. The TUC has a line up of events for this special year and these can be seen here. In a nutshellRead More →