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  • What was the mystery obelisk alongside the Thames? – IanVisits
    on large stilts A slightly different view is here My initial guess was that it is a pigeon house built over the Thames so that pigeon waste can fall down into the river and saving the cost of having it cleaned away by hand The narrow structure seems to fit the idea However it is just an educated guess And totally wrong It is in fact a water tower The York Buildings Waterworks Water Tower was in fact a major landmark at the time being some 70 feet high It was erected in the late 17th century on a site at the end of Villiers Street by the York Watergate which is now part of the Victoria Embankment Gardens It probably stood about here next to the entrance to Gordon s Wine Bar Water into wine Originally erected by Ralph Bucknall and Ralph Wayne in 1675 76 it s function was to provide water pressure for the houses along the Strand Like all subsequent water towers it probably had a heavy weight at the top that pushed a plunger down the water pipes to increase the pumping pressure That way if lots of water was used at once the pressure of the water supply could be maintained The original water tower was destroyed by fire in 1690 probably used steam to raise the weight to the top and the octagonal tower we see above was then constructed The York Buildings Company was able to supply water to 2 500 houses at its peak It also appears that in 1755 the engines were abandoned in favour of horses to pump the water I presume it lasted until 1862 when the modern Embankment was constructed which would have cut off its supply from the Thames So that s another landmark I learnt

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/08/what-was-the-mystery-obelisk-alongside-the-thames/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A look inside the modern St Barnabas church in Dulwich – IanVisits
    is one of the better modern churches I have visited I have been past a few times but the doors have always been closed but on my last walk past I noticed musicians entering the building and quietly followed some inside to have a look around and take some photos Modern churches rarely work for me The bible is an old document with old languages and florid descriptions and the religion it promotes seems to my mind to need old heavy ornate buildings that whisper of fantasy as strongly as the book itself Modern churches seem oddly wrong for religion I half expect God to turn up in a Next suit and talk in management jargon rather than in gothic incantations So while the architecture feels to have diluted the magic of the religion I still think this is an exceptionally wonderful building and is a good replacement for the smouldering Victorian pile that stood in its place It is a church that can be largely defined in three colours the grey steel of the roof and spire the orange red brickwork and the dominant shade of blue used in the modern stained glass windows Here the stained glass is less about telling a story to the illiterate and more used as punctuation marks around the building Suitable strips of coloured light to separate walls and add a lighter touch to the otherwise dominant brick aesthetic Of course there is one huge glass wall covered in coloured decoration at the rear of the church in a smaller private chapel It is however the main church that causes the eyes to ascend skywards as the huge wooden double arched ceiling is a wonderous sight to behold Slightly ruined by the cheap looking lighting but nothings ever perfect I can t quite

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  • 100th anniversary of the Charing Cross (Embankment) tube station – IanVisits
    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 One hundred years ago a new tube station opened a terminus to a tube line that was to last just 12 years before it was downgraded to a mere passing platform On the 6th April 1914 the new northbound platform opened on what was then called the Charing Cross Euston and Hampstead Railway line at what was then called Charing Cross Embankment station Today we know them as the Northern line at Embankment station It had taken the Charing Cross Euston and Hampstead Railway CCE HR also known as the Hampstead tube a number of years to get permission to open the station as their line used to stop at Charing Cross but needed extending one stop further to Embankment to link up with the sub surface lines As I have recounted elsewhere the railway company secured permission to build a loop tunnel running from Charing Cross under the Thames and back up to Embankment where a single northbound platform was built and then it carried on northwards back to Charing Cross However the new platform was not the remain in its current state for long as the railway company swiftly secured permission to extend the Northern line down to Kennington where again it ended in a loop and still does to this day That opened in 1926 and the old loop at Embankment was closed off That old loop is still there though blocked off and fortuitously so as it was hit by a German bomb in 1940 and flooded Only the good chance that it had been sealed off stopped that 1914 tunnel flooding the rest of the Northern Line That 100

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  • A relic of penal punishment in Dulwich village – IanVisits
    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 On a side street in picturesque Dulwich village can be found a small memory of a dark past that haunts the memory of the place The Stocks and Cage isn t the name of a pub but a place of judicial torture and just around the corner from the posh boutiques and cafes where people sit sipping their morning brews can be found a memento to this darker age of penal punishment The village stocks and cage with the motto It is a sport for a fool to do mischief thine own wickedness shall correct thee formerly stood at the corner of the pathway across the fields leading to Camberwell opposite the burial ground and the college pound which formerly stood near the toll gate in the Penge Road was in 1862 ordered to be removed to the end of Croxted Lane It was also a sufficient sight that it was used as a convenient marker for in a guide book to the area Around 1814 the stocks were taken down and the cage removed in 1841 Then curiously the stone tablet with its dark warning was found in a garden near to the petrol station and restored to public display again And there behind railings sits the stone plaque that was mounted next to the stocks as a warning to all miscreants Miscreants included by the way any pensioner of Dulwich College who if caught being drunk on the fourth occasion would be sentenced to the stocks as punishment 1 They took their temperance very seriously in those days You

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  • Street art under a railway bridge near Brixton – IanVisits
    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 railway line that passes through residential streets in South London and at one point leaves a low lying bridge over a pedestrian passageway and that passage is an art gallery Well it s lined with art as part of a local 7 Bridges project to prettify the local area around Loughborough Junction In fact there are 9 bridges in the area but only one is blocked off from traffic to make it ideal for this sort of art exhibit Actually it was only recently blocked off from traffic and a wide pavement now replaces the narrow street that was there before The bright brick on the floor does a lot to lift the atmosphere replacing as it did the dark tarmac of the road that was there in 2012 Sitting between two halves of the Cambria Road much of the art displays a noticeable inspiration from rock fossils although some new additions most certainly don t I am not sure if it is good art or bad art but at least it looks like art and avoids the failure of so much modern art that simply doesn t look like well art Some of the pieces are collages of materials collected together others look more crafted from raw materials I suspect that the way the bridge leaks water from above will over time add to the aging effect of some of the fossil based

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Tube train drivers pay will nudge 50 000 a year from today in the last year of a record breaking four year deal Evening Standard Tube passengers have experienced severe delays on two London Underground lines after a power cut in south London BBC News Not as bad as the 2003 cut though A fresh look at the Victoria Station Upgrade project The Rail Engineer My visit in 2012 Crossrail The owner of a new Plumstead Punjabi restaurant has warned it could close after being hit with a massive charge to help pay for Crossrail and says other small businesses could follow NewsShopper Video Connaught Tunnel prepared for Crossrail route Newham Recorder The owner of a shoe repairs shop has been told he must vacate his business premises of 20 years to make way for Crossrail Ilford Recorder Procurement for Crossrail 2 could get under way in 2018 provided a funding agreement is reached later this year according to TfL s managing director for planning Construction News Google Cache Crossrail skeletons confirmed to have died of the Black Death IanVisits Mainline Overground Passengers on the Heathrow Express are braced for disruption after the RMT today announced a ballot for strike action over 201 proposed job cuts on the airport rail link Evening Standard Concerns raised over competition which asks architects to design aesthetically pleasing overhead lines for HS2 Get West London London s Overground rail network should be viewed as a second Underground system according to one of the capital s senior transport executives NCE Google Cache Dozens of residents gathered to celebrate Carpenders Park Station s centenary which was marked by the unveiling of a blue plaque

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/04/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-42/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos of the closed part of the Olympic Park – IanVisits
    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 was a chance the other night to take a brief look at part of the sealed off Olympic Park that is due to open to the general public on Saturday This is probably the part of the park that visitors will see the most often being between the main stadium and the shopping centre rather than local residents who will probably come in from around the edges Basically they have broken up the large empty plaza space by the stadium that was necessary for the crowds during the games into smaller spaces more suited to its lower key usage now A lot of effort has gone into creating a park that is less traditional than most parks and more of an adventure playground type environment Probably great for families if less so for a quiet walk along the canal I also wonder how much effort and cost it will take to maintain all these facilities The long term running costs are not going to be cheap Diamond Geezer has done a lot more in depth reporting so I will leave a few photos of the bit being opened on Saturday Only took this photo as the thing it is protecting is a climbing wall London Underground roundel bins Of course the main

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/03/photos-of-the-closed-part-of-the-olympic-park/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A tube map of “the internet” – IanVisits
    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 It seems that everything can at some point be reduced to a variant of the tube map and then posted onto the internet for all to see But what about the internet as a tube map on the internet That is sort of what the Oxford Internet Institute has done with a simplified tube map of tubes running under the ocean And of course the internet is made up of tubes Isn t it The map uses data sourced from cablemap info Each node has been assigned to a country and all nodes located in the same country have been collapsed into a single node The resulting network has been then abstracted Not only a London themed tube map of submarine tubes but

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/04/03/a-tube-map-of-the-internet/ (2016-02-16)
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