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  • There will be a religious election on Thursday – IanVisits
    Bush and to the Churchwardens of the Parish Church of Saint Mary le Bow in the City of London Greeting Whereas The Episcopal See of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich having become vacant by the resignation of the Right Reverend Father in God William Nigel Stock the College of Canons of the Cathedral Church of St James and St Edmund Bury St Edmunds after having petitioned for and obtained the Royal Licence for an Election to be held for a new Bishop did assemble and elect The Reverend Canon Martin Alan Seeley to be the Bishop and Pastor of their Cathedral Church And Whereas Her Most Excellent Majesty Our Most Gracious Sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith has at the humble Petition of the College of Canons of the Cathedral Church given her Royal Assent and Consent to such Election of Martin Alan Seeley as Her Majesty has signified to Us by Her Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm requiring Us to confirm such Election according to the tenor and exigency of the Laws and Statutes of England with all convenient speed as more fully appears by Her said Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm inscribed and directed to Us And Whereas in obedience to Her Majesty s Royal Command We have decreed that any persons who shall except to or question the validity or form of such Election or the identity of the person elected shall be cited and summoned to appear on the day at the hour and place for the purposes underwritten justice so requiring Now We commit and strictly enjoin and require you the said Incumbent and Churchwardens to cite or cause to be cited by affixing these presents in some proper place at the Parish Church of St Mary le Bow in the City of London or such other public place as shall be most expedient any persons who may desire to raise any such objection that they appear before Our Vicar General or his surrogate in the Parish Church of Saint Mary le Bow aforesaid on 7 May 2015 at the hour of Four o clock in the afternoon And all persons intending so to oppose shall make their objections in writing and deliver the same at the Principal Registry 16 Beaumont Street in the City of Oxford before Four o clock in the afternoon of 1 May 2015 The Vicar General will sit in Chambers at the Parish Church of St Mary le Bow aforesaid on Thursday 7 May 2015 at Fifteen minutes to Five o clock in the afternoon to consider any objections that may have been delivered and no objector who shall not have given such notice and appeared in Chambers at such time may appear or be heard during the business of Confirmation We

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  • First Crossrail Station opens to the public – IanVisits
    and free food Crossrail s first railway station opened to the public There s no ticket hall in this new station In fact there s no trains either This is Canary Wharf and while the station building is open and busy no trains will call here until 2018 What they have done is open up the top half of the building which is in line with St Pancras more shopping centre with trains as an added extra When they eventually arrive The absence of trains is further emphasized by the advertising for the new building which has shown it more as a cruise ship than a railway station with promotional boarding passes being handed out to visitors rather than train tickets So the opening of the first Crossrail station to passengers shoppers has been a very muted affair as far as the railway is concerned But what s the shopping like Actually almost as muted as the railway A few eateries on the ground floor a bank a cycle shop and not much else really That is in part due to not all of the shopping having opened with an entire floor downstairs still closed off It s more likely because this is passing through shopping aimed at future railway passengers and maybe some of the local office workers not fancying the lengthy lunchtime queues in the main shopping arena However railway station below aside the main draw is likely to be at the top of the station with the huge semi open air garden Anyone who has visited the SkyGarden in the City might feel rather at home here as it will look rather familiar Which is not surprising as Canary Wharf Group built the building Yes Canary Wharf built the Walkie Talkie Unlike the open spaces elsewhere in

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Photos from inside Down Street disused tube station IanVisits Victoria line Severe delays on London underground because of person under the line Independent Man saved by firefighters after falling on Colliers Wood station tube tracks Local Guardian Alstom has completed the modernisation of London Underground s Northern Line train fleet Railway Gazette Crossrail TfL s Crossrail chief says commuters will see difference after Greater Anglia takeover next month Romford Recorder Cremated human bones in pot found in Crossrail dig suggest gruesome ritual Guardian Crossrail s final load of excavated material has now been shipped to Wallasea Island in Essex to create one of Europe s largest nature reserves Press Release Mainline Overground Footbridges don t normally merit sufficient significance to be worthy of an article but this one is an exception London Reconnections Waterloo train delays Commuter misery with services delayed up to 90 minutes during evening rush hour Evening Standard Shepherd s Bush Overground Station Gets 1 35 Million Upgrade ShephardsBushW12 The head of TfL has apologised for making unjustified and excessive comments about Southeastern trains BBC News London commuters fight each other to get on trains after total meltdown at Clapham Junction Telegraph DLR DLR strike action could go ahead following ballot of RMT members Wharf Miscellaneous A petition has been started to put a duck on a statue Gresley Duck A number of children became trapped under a railway carriage after a miniature train ride in a Watford park derailed eyewitnesses have said BBC News Network Rail bosses travelling on business spent 1 3million on UK flights in the last year because it was cheaper than taking

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  • Watch films inside Charing Cross tube station – IanVisits
    in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life You wait ages for a disused tube station story and two come along at once Such as this opportunity to watch some classic movies inside a disused tube station Classic films including Strangers on a Train American Werewolf in London and Blade Runner will be shown inside Charing Cross disused Jubilee line station The station has been shut since 1999 when the Jubilee line that it served was extended to the Docklands The platforms and concourse have since been closed to the public but have been hired out for film productions The screenings supported by the British Film Institute are part of the series of Firsts for the Tube that includes the recent photographic exhibition at Westminster station and other events taking place on and around the Underground network ahead of all night weekend services on the Underground commencing on 12th September Just over 100 seats are available for each screening and tickets which cost 14 each can be purchased through www undergroundfilmclub com Facebook 0 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 12 12 12 charing cross london underground 2 thoughts on Watch films inside

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  • Photos from inside Down Street disused tube station – IanVisits
    stations Graeme Craig TfL s Director of Commercial Development said The combination of space history and location makes this a unique opportunity Adjoining parts of the station are still required for running the Tube but we will work with interested parties to ensure the commercial and operational activities can happily coexist Earlier was a chance to go down and see the station as it is today with its original wartime signs and partitions still intact in many places Access is currently via a narrow door and staircase and if you think of breaking in the CCTV inside the door sets off a lot of alarms at the nearby tube station The station is typical of its time with a huge round shaft which would have contained two lifts down to two corridors which run towards the platforms and steps down to the platform level Drawing by Carmody Groarke Following its closure to the public the lifts were removed and the shaft turned into a ventilation facility so when Churchill took over they needed to put in a new lift for the staff Fortunately with the old lift shaft being used for air supply the centre of the emergency staircase which was usually used for ventilation could be reused for a small lift About half way down is a side door leading to toilets and baths and the first sign of a worn poster from the wartime era Remembering that this was a functioning station at one time down at the bottom of the lift is a fully fitted out passenger tunnel Now covered in the dirt of ages the tiles still remain alone with damage caused when office walls were slotted into the tiles and ceilings A few bits of heritage from the wartime use of the station are dotted around the place such as these signs Two corridors run from the lift shaft and staircase over the tracks to the steps down to the platform level and any tube user will be familiar with these semi circular insets where the tracks run below The staircase we used today will remain part of TfL s operational side of the station while the lift shaft will be emptied and offered to the new user maybe it will be turned into floors as at Brompton Road or opened up for a dramatic decent down to the tunnels This is the ventilation grill at the bottom of the lift shaft A small metal walkway gets from one side to the other Originally there would have been two lifts as at Aldwich station and people catching trains would have left by one exit and people leaving the station entering the other side On the other side there is the other passenger corridor which lead down to the platforms This side was in pitch darkness so torches for illumination At the end a short staircase down to the platform levels which are infilled with offices from the wartime but on this occasion not accessible to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/28/photos-from-inside-down-street-disused-tube-station/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Airworthy Spitfire to be put up for sale – IanVisits
    M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life If you re feeling flush there s a rare chance to buy a fully working Spitfire plane later this summer although with a price estimate of 1 5 2 5 million The plane in question Spitfire P9374 was shot down over Calais in May 1940 during the air battle of Dunkirk Flying Officer Peter Cazenove later a veteran of the Great Escape was flying the aircraft when it was attacked and hit Before executing his belly landing on Calais beach Cazenove had radioed that he was OK adding Tell mother I ll be home for tea German soldiers posing with the wreckage of Spitfire P9374 Image courtesy of the Peter R Arnold Collection Following the crash the plane sunk into the sands where it lay untouched until September 1980 when it was exposed once again and then recovered Post recovery the Spitfire went first to the Musée d l Air at Le Bourget Paris and subsequently to further collections until the parts eventually ended up with the Aircraft Restoration Company Historic Flying Ltd at Duxford who have since restored the plane to airworthy condition Twelve engineers spent three years carrying out what is considered to be the most authentic restoration of an original Mk 1 Spitfire to date incorporating many components from the original plane into the build The completed aircraft successfully returned to flight on September 1

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/28/airworthy-spitfire-to-be-put-up-for-sale/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Medieval River Wall Uncovered in Parliament Gardens – IanVisits
    20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A 700 year old stone wall has been discovered in the grounds of Parliament which could show the shoreline of the Thames before the embankment was constructed The stone wall dating from around 1300 was uncovered during the construction of a new basement transformer room to the south of the palace in Black Rod s Garden The oldest finds were timber beams from a waterfront structure dating from before the 13th century but the most significant survival was the stone river wall which stands about 3m or 9 feet high The wall is made from carefully dressed stone blocks of substantial size which remain in remarkably good condition The wall follows the approximate eastern fronts to the buildings of the medieval Palace such as St Stephen s Chapel and the king s private chamber known as the Painted Chamber Gardens were later extended out into the River Thames and the old wall line remained hidden until the current work Luckily the new concrete piles did not damage the old wall and it has been left in situ recorded and re covered using sand In front of the stone wall was the remains of a timber retaining wall constructed from oak and elm piles and wattle hurdles which was probably contemporary to the stone wall the posts followed the line of an inlet which once flowed into the Thames from the west The wood was also in a good state of preservation following centuries of burial in the wet ground The main small finds

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  • The Post-War Plans to Rebuild Shoreditch & Bethnal Green – IanVisits
    acres bounded by the railway and City Road to the south and the canal to the north It contained before the war some 4 038 houses 1 691 tenements 932 shops 496 factories and workshops 50 pubs 9 schools and 25 other community amenities The war saw 232 houses 69 tenements 85 shops 81 factories and 2 schools destroyed by German bombs However as the report noted much of the damage was in small patches with little widespread damage in contiguous areas so rebuilding on a grand scale would be constrained by the ability to join up these patches into larger more manageable plots of land The stock of housing at the time was described as being mostly around 100 years old and not economically viable for modernisation Of the houses around 60 percent were termed as slum housing In addition many of them had small workshops built over the previous small gardens leaving barely any space at the back and with narrow streets in front light and space were in short supply Newer housing mostly build by the council or social housing groups was described as decent if having a grim institutional aspect What was proposed is that post war building work should concentrate initially on a series of 10 story high towers mostly for single people and small families with new terraced housing added for families with children The backyard factories should be removed to purpose build facilities where individual traders would be able to rent a small plot to work in This would not be done on a scale encompassing the entire of Shoreditch though but by sub dividing the area into smaller villages each with their own cluster of pubs factories housing and primary schools With new larger roads bisecting the area to replace the older narrow streets the aim would be to ensure that most people would be able to live and work without crossing a main road This pattern of mini villages within London would house between 6 000 to 10 000 people each One decision which would probably cause howls of protest today is the removal of street markets as an impediment to road traffic they were to be shunted away to newly created market squares alongside the new shopping parades that were such a beacon of hope then and usually benighted wastelands today One of the other advantages to the road rebuilding though was that the removal of so many narrow streets would itself lead to the creation of larger plots of land which was all the easier to build blocks of flats on The report also noted the importance of the pub to the social life of the East End but then declined to comment further citing the likely shrinkage of London s population as people moved to new towns They dumped the whole matter onto the Home Office to look at And this raises the key factor London was a shrinking city so any planning for rebuilding was more about

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/26/the-post-war-plans-to-rebuild-shoreditch-bethnal-green/ (2016-02-16)
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