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  • South London’s tallest church spire – IanVisits
    Life A touch under 140 years ago a new church was consecrated in the fast growing area of Kennington with a mighty steeple that remains to this day the tallest in South London A modest sized church was planned on the site but the assistant curate Rev Charles Edward Brooke was rather keen on a larger church in a variant of the gothic revival style Fortunately for the church Rev Brooke was also rather rich and stumped up a staggering 10 000 towards the cost of building it Thus in November 1874 a new church was consecrated Well the nave was it took another 17 years to build the rest including the stunning spire The church today is rather different from its original thanks to the attentions of a German bomb in 1941 Fortunately plans to renovate in the modernist style were rejected and the church was restored in a style that complimented the original The spire and tower were also restored in 1994 and a new set of carved grotesques and gargoyles was added Many of the carvings are in the form of caricature representations of members of the church congregation the British Royal Family or the clergy The Queen Prince Charles Prince William and Archbishop Michael Ramsey are among the better known figures depicted Living nearby I have walked past many times as the spire is a convenient landmark when wandering around the back streets getting delightfully lost However the doors are always locked until I happened to go past just as a service had finished An empty church with the choir practicing in the corner and the remaining incense wafting through the empty pews is a suitably heavenly experience The restored interior is somewhat plainer than the original worshipers would have recognised but still impressive The church

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  • City of London opens a new Heritage Gallery – IanVisits
    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 Just as London s Guildhall loses one small museum it gains another small gallery A heritage gallery that will show off a few key objects from the City of London s archive The new Heritage Gallery in the Guildhall Art Gallery has opened with a display of the City of London s own 1297 Magna Cart a said to be the finest surviving 13th century edition in existence and the only one that mentions London That will be on display until the end of January along with Cartae Antiquae This volume contains transcripts of charters and statutes covering laws enacted between the reigns of Edward III from 1327 to the accession of Henry VII 1485 The volume will be open to show the portrait of Richard III whose remains were discovered in Leicester in 2013 Portraits of City of London Aldermen dating from c 1447 Poster for a Recruitment Meeting held at Guildhall on 4 September 1914 London County Council Emergency Committee Minutes for 1914 reporting on the effects of the outbreak of war on families businesses and communities As a gallery it s quite small being just a little room that sits downstairs next to the cloakroom and toilets which despite the municipal positioning does put it in a very busy location Heritage Gallery

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  • More moves towards driverless trains on the Underground – IanVisits
    2022 Those new trains will be similar in concept to the sub surface trains namely fully walkthrough and air cooled I would expect that the air cooling will work only when the trains are above ground due to the difficulty of dumping hot air into already hot tunnels but as the Picadilly line runs above ground for a considerable part of its length there should be enough surface time to cool trains down before they enter the tunnels The likely timetable according to the document is that work will start in 2016 to prepare Picadilly line stations for platform edge doors similar to those installed on the Jubilee line extension At the same time the contract for some 200 new trains will be placed and these trains will be required to operate with an on board train driver However the design will allow for totally automatic operation at some point in the future In 2020 the platform edge doors will be installed on the Picadilly line based on the earlier preparation work And finally in 2022 the first of the new trains will start to appear on the London Underground However the first date that the Picadilly line could switch to DLR style driverless operation would be 2027 as that is roughly how long it would take to completely replace all the trains and complete installation of the platform doors So far so much last a case of migrating the Picadilly line to long proven methods of working around the world and on the DLR However at some point after that theoretically it might be possible to switch to running the trains without any staff at all which of all the planned changes is probably the most radical Then again by the 2030s maybe the idea of trains with staff on board will look increasingly Victorian and we consumers will wonder why it took so long to switch to automatic operation Or maybe we will still feel the need for a member of staff to be on board Who knows but at least the trains will have the option Facebook 21 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 30 30 52 london underground picadilly line 8 thoughts on More moves towards driverless trains on the Underground diamond geezer says September 27 2014 at 3 28 pm Platform edge doors at all Piccadilly line stations Or just the underground ones There are some really fine design features on some of those platforms which are going to be obscured hidden lost Reply ianvisits says September 27 2014 at 3 50 pm I would hazard a guess that the need for them below ground would probably apply above as well Reply JaJaWa says September 27 2014 at 3 31 pm I believe air cooling will work throughout the entire Piccadilly line freezable gel packs will be inserted into the air cooling system at the terminus stations Reply ianvisits says September 27 2014 at 3 48 pm There has been talk for some time

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  • World’s oldest clock museum to move home – IanVisits
    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 The world s oldest clock museum has closed to the public because it is about to move home Established in 1814 the Clockmakers Collection is the oldest collection of clocks and watches in the world with the majority of the 1250 timepieces dating from between c 1600 and c 1850 It was also a little known museum that sat in the modern building next to Guildhall in the City of London and as such was one of my favourite hidden gems of London It has been part of the Guildhall collection since 1874 but it seems that lease renewal negotiations were not successful So it is to move to the Science Museum and will be incorporated within the larger museum s existing collection of clocks Set to open during summer 2015 the Clockmakers Collection will be situated on the second floor of the Science Museum Whilst it is undeniably a good thing that the clock museum s collection will be more discoverable by people who might only visit the larger museums I am saddened at the loss of another small specialist space that had offered a unique dedicated museum of one sort of object I should add no point visiting the old

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Man describes horror of black gunge pouring through train vents Haringay Independent TfL is exploring a proposal to sell off disused parts of the underground system including so called Ghost stations LBC New tunnel opens at King s Cross station IanVisits Commuters left choking and screaming on rush hour Tube as carriage fills with smoke Evening Standard The Flight Centre is set to wrap the gates of London s Monument tube station with its red creative ahead of the opening of its new store The Drum The first 24 hour Tube service will run on 12 September next year CityAM Lanes refurbishment transforms rail pump house at London Underground station Building Talk Crossrail Brunels s original rail infrastructure excavated near Paddington IanVisits Mainline Overground Consultations Cubed The Overground And More at Old Oak Common London Reconnections Twickenham station night works much better than anticipated Local Times The Oyster Card is coming to Epsom next year it has been announced Local Guardian Passengers and politicians are backing a campaign calling for Thamesmead to finally get hooked up to the rail network News Shopper Plans to replace the informal shanties outside one of Tottenham s busiest transport hubs with modern shopfronts have run into stiff opposition from residents Tottenham Journal Fortnum and Mason to harvest honey from beehives on St Pancras station s roof Camden New Journal Proposed HS2 compensation too

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  • Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954? – IanVisits
    nearly destroyed as the then director of the London Museum WF Grimes said at the time that preservation was secondary to recording the site in an academic journal and frankly preserving it was just too expensive Why waste money letting ordinary people see a Roman ruin when academics could read about it in a book Fortunately the public disagreed with the learned chap and crowds built up at the site within days to see what was going on and protest against its imminent destruction Within a couple of days of the discovery becoming public knowledge construction work was stopped to allow the archeologists more time to uncover the site which was fast becoming a major tourist attraction in its own right Newspapers reported the discoveries at length with hardly a day passing over the two week excavation without a note in The Times or the Illustrated London News about the latest exciting find further mobilizing the public to queue up for a look themselves An estimated 400 000 people flocking to visit the site over the two week period queuing for hours along the streets of the City of London to glimpse the remains To capture this historic event whilst it is still in living memory Bloomberg and MOLA Museum of London Archaeology are undertaking an oral history project collecting and celebrating the experiences of the people that went to marvel as the temple was exposed Anyone who visited the site in 1954 is urged to contact us to share their memories A trial for the project has already revealed fascinating stories A ticket has come to light that appears to grant access for members of the public to visit the site and perhaps even have a go at digging The oral histories will form a permanent educational and research collection also encompassing photography and ephemera relating to the discovery At the time a furious debate sprung up about the future of the remains and it was estimated that preserving them in situ would have cost around 500 000 or the entire annual government budget for historic buildings at the time It was later agreed to move it around the corner to a location that wouldn t have thrown so high a cost of modifications to the office block On 12th October 1954 barely a month after its discovery the temple was lifted up and moved around to its new location for reconstruction work to start It s barely believable today that such an important historic discovery could be moved so soon after its uncovering The Temple has sat there somewhat forlornly ever since at least until recently A new office block is going up and the temple is to be restored and will be reinstated in its original position 7 metres below ground level in a purpose built public exhibition space in the new Bloomberg building to open in 2017 If you are interested in taking part in the Temple of Mithras oral history project or have images or

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  • Brixton’s Electric Avenue to glow again – IanVisits
    The first shopping street in the UK to be lit by electricity is to get a makeover after the Heritage Lottery Fund allocated a 2 6 million grant to refurbish buildings along the street The new money will be spent on restoring buildings in the street to their former glory and on a series of community projects including a proposal for solar powered electricity Probably more famous today for a certain 1983 pop song and the street market that fills the roadspace Brixton s Electric Avenue was originally one of the heights of Victorian splendour Built in the 1880s it was lined with a glass and iron canopy which survived in places right up to the 1980s when it was sadly pulled down It was the electricity after which the street was named that marked it out as such an upmarket place to shop for the retailers could more brightly display their wares and stay open later at night To Victorians more used to gloomy nights with dim gas lighting the use of electricity at the time was a marvel of the age and the street would have been lit up more like high streets today are briefly decorated for Christmas In Brixton it was always Christmas for a few years at least until other towns caught up and installed their own versions of this new fangled electricity stuff Facebook 90 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 21 21 112 brixton heritage lottery fund 4 thoughts on Brixton s Electric Avenue to glow again LadyBracknell says September 25 2014 at 1 23 pm I was in Brixton yesterday and Electric Avenue is looking distinctly down at heel I can t help thinking that 1 95 million won t go very far Reply zak says September 26 2014 at 3

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  • Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower – IanVisits
    the lack of wooden handrail added to the unreasonable fear of falling Most of the floors are wooden but two were for some reason covered in stone paving Nothing was ever stored here as far as people can tell so why the stone floor is a bit of mystery Half way up though the great hidden wonder of the building is revealed the huge clock mechanism Still wound by hand every few days the clock is in perfect working order At the moment though they don t chime the hours as the clock is a 24 hour chiming model Twelve bongs at midnight might have disturbed animals in local fields when the tower was originally built but today it would wake residents in the flats that encroach on the tower Plans to resume the bongs will take place once they manage to disable the nighttime chimes Squeeze around the back of the clock for another steep climb up to the clock faces themselves Four faces each powered by a single small gear box in the middle of the room But yet another steep climb awaited and this time probably the most scary of them all as the top goes through a trap door with no handrail Going up was OK but descending later caused more than average levels of heart palpitations Still not at the top but the final floor had a normal staircase in the middle of the tower And finally the reward The balustrade around the top is sturdy but far too low for modern safety regulations to let people up here for a wander around unescorted so if they do manage to open up the tower then that needs to be redesigned The huge bell and its quarter chimes are up here And a chance to manually pull the wires to sound the quarter bells I ve often noticed that quarter chimes sound much louder up close than the hour bell thanks to their higher pitch Certainly seems to be the case in the clock towers I have ascended before Seven stories up and we aren t actually at the top there is one more floor above us although no one was going up there And if you peer over the edge of the low railings the view down to the volunteers standing watch at the base of the tower Also the steep staircases are terrifyingly rewarding to climb up and may be retained although the rope handrail will be replaced with something more reassuring and the trapdoor up high probably improved upon I ended up not using the handrails on the way down having discovered that holding onto the backs of the steps as if climbing down a ladder to be far more reassuring Left me covered in muck though And plans to do something are being discussed A consultation has opened with various options and the Heritage Lottery Fund has contributed initial funding to assist with developing plans for a full lottery bid In addition

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