vllondonspridefi 690x495 - Victoria Line anniversary news & tweets

The big anniversary is upon us – the Victoria Line turns 50 this weekend! There will be events taking place this weekend (and articles on this blog with pictures not seen before.) Quite a few people and organisations are already tweeting on the 50th anniversary of the line and aRead More →

queenvrigi 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland - The Rigi

It’s less than half as high as Switzerland’s tallest mountains, yet the Rigi has held many in its grip, from writers like Mark Twain, to painters including JMW Turner, and composers such as Richard Wagner…. According to the bible of 19th century travel guides for European destinations, John Murray’s Handbook,Read More →

DSC 0485fi 690x495 - Victoria station shambles!

Just a quick post – many people complaining the new facility at Victoria tube station is useless. TfL apparently imposing a one way system that forces people to walk ‘miles.’ From tomorrow access to from the Victoria Line and District and Circle Lines will be only possible via Cardinal Place.Read More →

derschweizfi 690x495 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland

England’s favourite Queen, Victoria, spent an entire month in Switzerland a hundred and fifty years ago during August and September 1868. She was stationed in Lucerne but spent many a day travelling through the country in her favourite carriage, the Balmoral Socialble, or trekking on her favourite ponies, Flora andRead More →

DSC 0490fi 690x495 - Victoria tube station - another step completed!

The new part of Victoria tube station, including the new bank of escalators, was opened today. The unofficial opening to the south ticket hall extension took place this morning. This gives alternative access to the Circle/District and Victoria Lines by way of a series of new passageways that link upRead More →

DSC 0393fi 690x495 - 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 690x495 - 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 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 →