Monthly Archives: September 2020

Queenhithe – History on the Shore

Above: View from the southbound platform of Blackfriars Station. It looks down on the shore at Queenhithe at low tide. In the foreground is part of the Millennium Bridge. The beach beside the Thames is one of the most remarkable … Continue reading

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London to Newcastle by Stagecoach in 1830 – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a three-part account from 1830 of a journey by stagecoach from London to Newcastle. The Road from Doncaster to York Across Barnby Moor, past the great “Bell” inn, we take our way, and come to … Continue reading

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London to Newcastle by Stagecoach in 1830 – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three-part account from 1830 of a journey by stagecoach from London to Newcastle. The Road from Stilton to Newark Stilton. By this time we are too drowsy to note whether we changed at the … Continue reading

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London to Newcastle by Stagecoach in 1830 – Part 1

In order to understand London in the days of the stagecoach, it is necessary to find out what a journey by a ‘coach and four’ was really like in those times. The journey described in the text below was from … Continue reading

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Bleeding Heart Yard

Above: Bleeding Heart Tavern standing on the south side of Greville Street. The yard can be seen on the left of the picture. Bleeding Heart Yard is a large T-shaped courtyard which runs south off Greville Street, a turning off … Continue reading

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Liverpool Street Station and the Eagle

Above: An eagle perched on a pedestrian barrier beside his handler at the entrance to Liverpool Street Station. It is not every day that you walk into a large railway station and find an eagle staring you in the face. … Continue reading

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Victoria Deep Water Terminal

Above: Looking south on the wharf. Greenwich Park is on the horizon. Victoria Deep Water Terminal was built on land known as Victoria Wharf. The name ‘Victoria Wharf’ is shown on the Ordnance Survey maps for 1944-69. The name ‘Victoria … Continue reading

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Lovell’s Wharf Footpath

Above: Looking west along the footpath by evening light in 1975. In the 1960s and 1970s, the riverside footpath at Greenwich was a really magical place. Walking east from Greenwich Pier, you passed in front of the Royal Naval College … Continue reading

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Greenwich Wharves in the 1960s (Background Page)

Above: Map of the riverfront at Greenwich, showing the approximate position of some of the well-known wharves. At the time of writing, most of them have already changed beyond recognition (Click on image to enlarge to 1280×800). If you like … Continue reading

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Grace, W G, in Sydenham

William Gilbert ‘WG’ Grace, (1848–1915) was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is widely considered to be one of its greatest-ever players. His profession was as a doctor. He qualified as a … Continue reading

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