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  • Tours of a disused tunnel under the Thames announced – IanVisits
    ever public tours In 1805 the Cornish inventor and mining engineer Richard Trevithick was hired to dig a tunnel under the Thames in the first major attempt of its kind and one which predated the more famous Brunel tunnel by some 40 years Sadly the tunnel attempt failed mainly as the firm behind the project ran out of money but realistically the engineering skills were still not ready for such an undertaking However the two initial driftway tunnels dug by Trevithick still exist and have been looked after by a local history association since 1983 with the intention of somehow opening up the tunnels to the public Tours are difficult as the only access is via the Rotherhithe Tunnel but this coming May Bank Holiday the tunnel will be closed to road traffic and the very first ever public tours will take place Visitors will be able to enter through one tunnel then pass through a breach at the far end to walk back down the other tunnel The initial much smaller driftway lies above and is off limits as it is far too small to let people into IanVisits is the media partner for the open day Tickets will be released at 9am and are free of charge so expect them to be snapped up fast You can get details on their website here Sorry but it was an APRIL FOOL Richard Trevithick did indeed attempt to tunnel under the Thames at roughly that location but all he dug was a very narrow pilot tunnel barely big enough for a single person to stand in While a marvel and sadly rather forgotten about it was nothing like as large as the photos or drawings on the website suggested which are a mix of the Connaught Tunnel in docklands now part of Crossrail and the actual Rotherhithe road tunnel The remains of Trevithick s tunnel probably still lie down there infilled by mud from the Thames but just maybe one day a survey will be carried out looking for the outline of the wooden supports which should leave a modestly detectable echo in the ground for geophysics to discover Hopefully you re not too disappointed and do read more about Richard Trevithick he is a somewhat overlooked genius Facebook 296 Google 9 Linkedin 4 Reddit 0 Twitter 31 31 340 richard trevithick rotherhithe 7 thoughts on Tours of a disused tunnel under the Thames announced Robert Johnson says April 1 2015 at 7 33 am I was just wondering when your customary 1st April post would be published Little would beat last year s which had me fooled for a bit Reply Imogen de la Bere says April 1 2015 at 7 52 am Good But last year s masterpiece will be hard to beat Reply David says April 1 2015 at 11 19 am Darn it you totally got me with this one Reply Marie says April 1 2015 at 11 24 am Good one Reply Dan Cheetham says

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  • Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station – IanVisits
    of the stones from the Euston Arch return to the scene of their demise It s part of an exhibition about the Euston Arch put on by the group behind the long simmering campaign to rebuild the arch It s only a modest little exhibition more to drum up awareness of the campaign than to convey any detail about the plans themselves which are still in a state of some flux After all they still don t have somewhere to put the arch let alone any money to pay for it But if awareness is the goal then on my visit it s failing as not a single commuter in a 10 minute loiter joined me or barely glanced at why someone was taking photos of some old stones in the grass Maybe the wet weather and prospect of missing a train causes commuters to rush past and more leisurely travellers will linger during the day But for many it will be less the spartan information boards that will be of interest than the sight of actual genuine original stones from the actual original Euston Arch sitting on the grass next to Euston Station The stones themselves were ones recovered from the Prescott Channel in Stratford where they had been dumped as filler when the arch was demolished Their removal being part of the Olympics preparations when there were overly optimistic ideas of using barges to cart away more of the Olympic Park building rubble than actually took place The exhibition is open for 6 weeks Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 6 Twitter 63 63 70 euston 5 thoughts on Stones from the Euston Arch return to Euston Station steven way says March 30 2015 at 8 03 pm I stopped and had a look on Saturday there

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  • Wembley’s experimental “never stop” railway line – IanVisits
    pace at stations to allow passengers to join and leave Jump ahead to 1 10 in the film to see the remarkable screw driven power system The railway ran for the two years of the exhibition an apart from from early teething problems was said to be remarkably reliable Sadly after the exhibition closed it was then dismantled Just one of the original 88 carriages is thought to survive Facebook 98 Google 5 Linkedin 4 Reddit 31 Twitter 65 65 203 wembley 8 thoughts on Wembley s experimental never stop railway line Christian Walde says March 29 2015 at 12 16 am Jump ahead to 1 10 in the film to see the remarkable screw driven power system Are you aware that your embed doesn t actually have a time bar I m really curious Did you decide consciously it shouldn t have one or does that come with some sort of blog theme you bought and you just never noticed Reply ianvisits says March 29 2015 at 7 45 am I just copy pasted the youtube code in if youtube are removing the timeline then blame them Reply Full Link says March 29 2015 at 7 52 am https youtu be EX MlWL7YKM Reply cs says March 29 2015 at 7 55 am ian remove controls 0 from the embed src should read https www youtube com embed EX MlWL7YKM rel 0 showinfo 0 Reply Loren Pechtel says March 29 2015 at 3 25 pm For the able bodied this sort of thing would be a good idea It would be a nightmare for the disabled though Reply Edwin says March 29 2015 at 6 33 pm The details on that link suggest that the surviving coach came from a different railway the Roadrails Railway at the same exhibition Reply LadyBracknell says April 11 2015 at 8 30 pm It actually looks quite modern Reply Engineer says April 14 2015 at 7 50 pm Delighted to discover this post by chance The NeverStop Railway has been a fascination of mine for many years and I m continuing to research the story and characters and the engineering The postcard in the blog post is the best definition I ve seen of this particular view It shows the Exhibition site while still being completed around Spring 1924 There s some areas and roads that look a bit unfinished and work is going on to build the main line s Exhibition station with a line of wagons in the platform From the appearance of the NeverStop installation it is almost possible to date the image by the state of the works On the NeverStop line on viaduct crossing from top left to right then snaking down to bottom right it looks as if spirals are in place in one track with right hand running on this railway this is the track that ran in the direction Wembley Park past the Exhibition station to the terminus just off the picture bottom right Spirals

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/28/wembleys-experimental-never-stop-railway-line/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Find London’s smallest public sculpture – IanVisits
    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 High up a building in the City of London two mice are locked in immortal battle over a lump of cheese neither side seemingly willing to give up the battle until the stones around them crumble to dust These are the Philpot Lane mice and are said to be the smallest public sculpture in London and no one really knows why they are there or who put them there It is variously claimed that they are in memory of two workmen who got into a fight over a half eaten lunch and fell to their deaths only for mice to be discovered as the real lunch thieves afterwards This macabre tale has however absolutely no proof other than repeated telling by tour guides and taxi drivers The building itself dates from 1861 2 and is now listed so the mice should be preserved in their timeless battle forever more You can find the Philpot Lane mice on the joint between Cafe Nero and Jamies Bar just off Eastcheap where the two decorative bands don t quite line up Facebook 63 Google 3 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 28 28 94 city of london eastcheap philot lane 3 thoughts on Find London s smallest public sculpture Jonathan Wadman

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/28/find-londons-smallest-public-sculpture/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London’s most significant modernist building – IanVisits
    social and the residents prefered to eat in their own flats The social experiment seemed to be foundering as soon as it began but a swift turn around of the canteen into a bar equally swiftly turned around the fortunes of the building It soon became a magnet for the right sort of people Bauhaus émigrés architects Egon Riss and Arthur Korn Agatha Christie and Adrian Stokes to name a few famous names The owners of the block Jack and Molly Pritchard lived in the penthouse as you would expect No one else expected that though as when they bought the plot of land they originally planned a private home It was later and who thought up the idea is hotly disputed that the decision was taken to build a striking modern white block of flats instead The design of the block was also influenced by what lay underneath a railway tunnel so it has a tower at one end with deep foundations between the two railway tunnels and the rest of the building floats off the side giving it the distinctive profile A profile that also proved to be a problem during WW2 so the bright concrete white with a tinge of pink was covered in brown to make it less obvious to German bombers That was also to see a period of decline for the building which increasingly resembled shabby post war council blocks and after it became exactly that a council block of flats it continued to decline until it was emptied in the 1990s It was around the turn of the century that I first became aware of the building when an art exhibition was put on inside the derelict remains of the building although it was the architecture tours that were the greatest attraction And

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/27/londons-most-significant-modernist-building/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum of London seeking a new home – IanVisits
    museum s collection nor its research work For the past few months a review has taken place of what options exist and the decision has been taken to look for a new venue Fortunately for them there is a site nearby that is both historic and derelict Smithfield General Market The market has been subject to attempts to redevelop it into a Spitalfields type offices and market complex but those plans have been bedeviled by controversy and opposition and were recently rejected by the communities secretary Eric Pickles That leaves the site looking for a new occupant and along comes the Museum of London The plans are still under development but Sharon Ament said last night that they still need to negotiate a suitable price for the site as well as other conditions One of the undeniable risks is that with a very vocal lobby group involved in the Smithfield General Market the museum faces the risk that its plans will have to be too aggressively altered to placate the protesters in order to be viable for the museum If everyone can agree though then a new museum could open as soon as 2021 Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 31 31 33 museum of london 7 thoughts on Museum of London seeking a new home Patrick says March 27 2015 at 9 14 am Brilliant solution for both Smithfield has been a disgrace for too long Reply Francesca Fenn says March 27 2015 at 9 40 am Brilliant fantastic and exciting And the Smithfield preservation people are unlikely to get a better or more appropriate offer Here s hoping it works out Reply Kevin says March 27 2015 at 10 03 am i agree protestors either need to buy it themselves or admit that it s

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 TfL commissioner Sir Peter Hendy has said that a southern extension of the Bakerloo line could be completed within the next 15 years SE1 Mixed Signals A Small SSR Press Release With Big Implications London Reconnections Tube worker locked herself in ticket booth to escape racist abuse London24 London Underground drivers earning 50 000 demand pay rise four day week and lump sum in 24 hour service transformation row Mirror TfL takes over Croxley rail link after DfT raises fundamental concerns over council s leadership MayorWatch Crossrail Video 35m flat pack Crossrail station built in a year Construction Enquirer The route of Crossrail 2 has been revised following a public consultation Building RMD Kwikform has revealed a bespoke wagon wheel formwork for Crossrail tunnel openings NCE Mainline Overground Man playing guitar on tracks holds up rush hour trains in Walthamstow Evening Standard Final stages of 4 3m project to improve Ealing Broadway station Get West London Miscellaneous An international lawyer dodged paying more than 23 000 in train fares over two and a half years using a doctored photo card Court News TfL has been slammed for misleading commuters by stating that Epsom is in London on its website at the same time as the Surrey market town is battling to finally be included in Zone 6 Local Guardian and finally The untold story of the British Rail logo BT The image above is from Nov 2013 Dr Who and the Curse of the London Underground Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 4 4 6 transport news roundup 2 thoughts on Weekly round up of London s railway transport

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  • Lunch like a Lord – IanVisits
    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 Now that Parliament has closed down ahead of the General Election there is an opportunity for us mere mortals to take lunch in the Peers Dining Room in the House of Lords Just for a limited period on weekdays between Tuesday 14 April and Friday 8 May 2015 though They need it back after that to deal with the new government The 3 course lunch menu priced at 35 per person will be served from 12pm to 2 30pm Advance booking is essential and reservations can be made for a maximum of 10 guests

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/26/lunch-like-a-lord/ (2016-02-16)
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