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  • How Charing Cross railway station was nearly demolished – IanVisits
    however deeply controversial at the time as basically while everyone agreed that the railway had to move no one could quite agree on where to nor on the design for the replacement road bridge One of the more illuminating publications at the time goes into considerable detail about the plans and their predecessors The book itself is somewhat turgid to read being very much concerned with the use of mere engineers as planners and how little thought is given to architects until after the urban plan is decided upon a model that largely works today though Anyway back to the river and the bridges one of the earliest plans for a replacement would have seen a new London Bridge constructed with shops lining the edges at the old medieval bridge once had The practical utility of long rows of small shops seemingly having been overlooked by the designer the proposal however elegant was dismissed as totally impractical It had also failed to address the issue of where Charing Cross station would be moved to One of the more interesting proposals and one that was to be offered by a number of other people over the years was a station that would effectively mirror Waterloo with a grand plaza between them Imagine Waterloo East as less a little runt of a station stuck on the side of the mothership and more an entire Waterloo sized station in its own right Such was one proposal by W D Caroe in 1917 who also suggested an elegant road bridge to carry traffic from the new Waterloo complex to Charing Cross One of the overwhelming images of the bridges though is to note just how little road traffic they seemed to carry A misleading image if there ever was one at a time when London s streets were deeply congested and even if accurate they then suggested no need for the bridges in the first place By 1916 the various plans seemed to have settled onto two options a station mirroring that at Waterloo or essentially a railway that runs upto the river then stops dead as if cut off by the water s edge However one of the most interesting plans came from Sir Owen Williams who seemed to be one of the few who thought a railway station on the north side of the Thames wasn t such a bad idea and suggested a dual level bridge to replace the iron and steel lattice work that so offended architects at the time His proposal would have have had a road running at street level and the railway run above it A new bridge would have been built to replace the old one but the plans collapsed due to disagreements over the engineering of such a structure It was in fact the double aspect that was to prove the most controversial aspect of all the other road bridge plans should the run at street level to meet up with the Embankment or be

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/27/how-charing-cross-railway-station-was-nearly-demolished/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 50 years of the modern London Borough Council – IanVisits
    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 Next April marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the London boroughs as we know them today Apart from giving a certain London blogger a theme for area visits these London boroughs are a result of politics and defined today by politics Formed on 1 April 1965 at the same time as Greater London by the London Government Act 1963 12 boroughs were designated as inner London boroughs and 20 as outer London boroughs and they shape the way we live today Yet their boundaries are blurring People travel to work further than they used to just 50 years ago A person who is resident in one borough might spend 10 hours a day commuting and working in another Add in sleeping time and the home borough that should define their lives could well be a place that is occupied while awake for maybe 4 hours a day Yet we only vote in the home borough people define us by where we live not where we work our cultural associations are based on where we spend our time sleeping not where we spend our time awake Regardless of that reality the councils will be rolling out the bunting to celebrate next year and remind us how much we owe to our elected masters in Town Halls And there will be fund for local community groups to get involved courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund HLF Funding is being made available from 3 000 to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/27/50-years-of-the-modern-london-borough-council/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Final concrete ring cast for Crossrail tunnels – IanVisits
    London 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 Crossrail has cast the last of the 250 000 concrete segments that are being used to line the tunnels under London The final piece was cast at a dedicated Crossrail factory in Chatham Kent where 110 000 tunnel segments to line Crossrail s 12km long eastern twin tunnels from east London to Farringdon were produced Segments for the western tunnels from Royal Oak to Paddington were manufactured at a separate facility at Old Oak Common which you can read about here Segments for the Thames Tunnel between Plumstead and North Woolwich were manufactured in Ireland At peak the Chatham factory operated 24 hours a day five days per week and on average manufactured 330 segments per day Each segment weighs 3 4 tonnes Seven segments and a key stone form a complete tunnel ring in the new Crossrail eastern tunnels which are being built by joint venture Dragados Sisk It s worth noting that none of the segments are straight they all curve slightly to the left or the right and if the tunnels need a straight line they alternate so the tunnels imperceptibly wobble

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/26/final-concrete-ring-cast-for-crossrail-tunnels/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Shuffle Festival in a Cemetery – IanVisits
    during Feb 2016 Things to do in London 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 There is a festival happening next week It s erm a festival set inside Tower Hamlets Cemetery and has a couple of film screens set up and erm some other stuff Like a lot of these sorts of festivals the front page waffles about a mission behind the festival and there is a convoluted blog to wade through and a listings page A programme listings page that tells you what is on but I am still none the wiser as to the purpose of the festival It seems to be a generic lets do stuff event I think It starts on Wednesday and runs to the end of the following weekend The listing page also doesn t say what each event is just a headline OK it s fairly easy to know what EAST LONDON COMMUNITY BAND is but what on earth is SPIRITED AWAY supposed to be without my clicking through every single damn listing to find out Turns out it s a film but seriously event organisers sort it out I have railed against badly designed

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/26/shuffle-festival-in-a-cemetery/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Start preparing for the Heritage Open Days – IanVisits
    and airy vault with a fine groined brick dome similar to that found in the chapel of the nearby Horsley Towers Friday 12 September Saturday 13 September Sunday 14 September Guildford Cathedral and Tower booking required Stag Hill Guildford Surrey GU2 7UP Grade II listed building Designed by Sir Edward Maufe the first Anglican cathedral to be built on a new site in the south of England since the reformation Climb the 249 steps up the tower for wonderful views of Guildford and beyond Saturday 13 September Sunday 14 September 20A West Street Graham Co Jewellers 20a West Street Farnham Surrey GU9 7DR This little shop hides an astonishing secret an ornately plastered ceiling dating to the mid 17th century which was made for the Earl of Shaftesbury as a pattern for a ceiling in his house in Wimborne The ceiling was later covered up until it was rediscovered in the 20th century Thursday 11 September Friday 12 September Saturday 13 September Royal Holloway University of London Egham Hill Egham Surrey TW20 0EX Royal Holloway University of London welcomes the public to explore its spectacular grade I listed Founder s Building Picture Gallery Chapel refurbished Boilerhouse and extensive grounds The Founder s Building founded by entrepreneur Thomas Holloway and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886 is modelled on the Château de Châmbord in the Loire Valley Its flamboyant architecture makes it one of the most impressive university buildings in the world Sunday 14 September Dorking Caves booking required South Street Dorking Surrey RH4 2HQ Part of Dorking s extensive system of cellars and caves cut into the soft Greensand dating back to at least the 17th century Entrance is via a discreet doorway at street level into extensive galleries used until recently as wine cellars From the wine cellars a series of steep staircases lead down deep under Butter Hill to a cave of uncertain age and purpose Explore the caves with expert guide Richard Selley Saturday 13 September Air Raid Shelter and Static Engine Collection The White House Chapel Lane Westcott Dorking Surrey RH4 3PJ Visit the air raid shelter built in cast concrete by a previous owner during the Second World War See petrol oil and gas engines some running made from 1899 until 1950 Also early electrical generators and switch gear Friday 12 September Saturday 13 September Sunday 14 September The Old Ticket Office At Culham Station Culham Station Culham Oxfordshire OX14 3BT The Old Ticket Office is a beautiful old station building designed and built for the Great Western Railway company by Brunel in the early 1800s The building is Grade II listed and has not been open to the public since it ceased being the main ticket office and waiting rooms for Culham Station Entikera Ltd started to rent the property in May 2014 and we re opening our doors to the general public so that you can come and enjoy this beautiful building and see inside the first class waiting room third class waiting

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/26/start-preparing-for-the-heritage-open-days/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Open Day Tours of the Eurotunnel terminal – 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 A day trip to Folkestone To look around a train terminal Sounds good In September Eurotunnel will be opening its doors as part of the European Heritage Open Days for only the second time On Saturday 13 September 2014 visitors will be taken on a guided tour of the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone Kent map link Each guided coach tour lasts 90 minutes and offers an opportunity to find out more about the Eurotunnel transport system and its unique Shuttles The tour starts with a presentation illustrating 20 years of the Channel Tunnel Tours

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/26/open-day-tours-of-the-eurotunnel-terminal/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Commuters in Holloway are bracing themselves for two years of chaos as TfL prepares to replace the railway bridge near to the underground station Islington Tribune Bakerloo line extension Southwark councillors want two branches SE1 Crossrail MTR To Operate Crossrail Concession London Recconections Crossrail textbook example of how to get things right Parliament Report Campaigners are calling on Kensington and Chelsea Council to officially rule out a proposal to build a Crossrail 2 station on their estate Get West London The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway BBC2 TV review There s nothing boring about this look at the tunnel beneath the Thames Independent Mainline Overground Blow as government refuses to support Camden backed HS2 Euston station design Ham and High A woman has died after being hit by a train at Wimbledon station in this morning s rush hour Evening Standard Chef for celebs opens cafe at rail station Haringay Independent Euston Station that unloved 1960s slab of a railway station is to be tarted up a little bit IanVisits British Transport Police are trying to trace a young man after a CCTV camera was deliberately burned with a lighter LBC while also looking straight at the camera Campaigners will challenge the Government over the environmental impact of HS2 Get West London Obituary Richard Pout father of the London Overground dies at 65 East London Advertiser A train station kiosk operator says he is facing ruin after discovering his platform plot has been put up sale Camden New Journal

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/25/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-55/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Backwards posters to appear on the Underground – IanVisits
    Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life As part of the WW1 commemorations a new art work is to go on display across the London Underground a backwards poster The text is a reprint of a postcard written by soldier Herbert Ernest Wilson to his wife Martha Emily Wilson on 4 September 1918 taken from the University of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive The artist Richard Wentworth has then reversed the text because that s art That s all it is a poster of text turned backwards The official blurb says In reversing the text the historical distance between the contemporary mass audience and the original individual is emphasised The words now appear under exposed and indecipherable in front of today s commuters passing by However on closer inspection and with time and perseverance the use of a mirror or a careful reading the audience is afforded an insight into the intimacy of the exchange The best I can say is that at least it gives ladies who apply makeup on the train something more productive to do with their handheld mirrors As a work of art sorry but simply taking some text written by someone else and printing it backwards is the sort of thing that gives modern art such a bad reputation I suspect most people will on first glance just assume someone put the poster up wrong Richard Wenworth When You Look You May Not See Tube poster 2014 First World War Centenary Art Commission co commissioned by Art on the Underground with 1418NOW Photographs Alastair Fyfe Facebook 0 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 0 london underground ww1 5 thoughts on Backwards posters to appear on the Underground Jean says July 25 2014 at

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/07/24/backwards-posters-to-appear-on-the-underground/ (2016-02-16)
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