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  • Tube map covers on display – IanVisits
    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 Every so often London Underground issues a new tube map and apart from the usual poring over the changes on the map there is often quite a bit of fuss about the design of the front cover of the pocket leaflets handed out in stations As it happens the art designs are 10 years old this year as the first commission of a contemporary artist by TfL to design the cover was in September 2004 There is a bit of a display going on at the moment and has been for some time as it happens of tube map covers blown up to poster size Should you be near Charing Cross for reasons other than seeking a buried church then the underground passages around the tube station are lined with these posters It is formally an art display but I wonder how many people notice as they hurry past the slightly dirty displays Facebook 12 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 7 7 20 charing cross 2 thoughts on Tube map covers on display Steve says April 2 2014 at 9

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  • Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station – IanVisits
    offices as the underground church sat so close to the station entrance it proved a very handy location for a modest meeting point and for workers signing in to the station as there is a side tunnel offering access to the digging site on the passage to the Northern Line That entrance is still there as it happens and was used recently by a TV Sherlock to travel to Aldwych which infuriated tube geeks But what about the bit that you can still see above ground Well surprisingly its hidden under a confection of decoration for the church spire still stands poking above ground right in the middle of the Charing Cross forecourt That huge Victorian replica of the Eleanor Cross is not just a free standing folly but is cladding wrapped around the church steeple Recently restored in 2010 after being put on a buildings at risk register in 2008 that massive construction conceals within its core the original 18th century church steeple 4 During restoration works it was discovered that the steeple has deteriorated somewhat and it was decided to fill in the wooden void to prevent more damage However that tall decorative folly that most people walk past with barely a nod is in fact the visible remnant of an even less well known church beneath their feet Which is quite amazing The church itself was handed back to its religious authorities in the early 1980s after the Jubilee Line works were finished and while the annual service no longer takes place they do still hold one once per decade Today in fact Yes today marks that one in a decade blessing and at noon the local vicar and a small choir will return to this locked and hidden holy vault to carry out a short service As I understand it they progress through the subway underneath the Strand which runs alongside the church exterior and then are let into the church through an entrance in the subway next to the tube station There s enough space inside for visitors and anyone who turns up just before noon can follow the procession inside and after the short service spend a short time inside this most unique of locations and one that remains locked and unused for most of its earthly existence See you there later today 1 Hansard 1st April 1863 2 Surveys of Greater London Vol Viii Page 863 3 Proceedings of the Church Commissioners 1864 4 Thornbury Walter Older and Newer London Vol 3 Page 169 If you got this far down without realising then April Fool I am sorry to those who turned up at Charing Cross at lunchtime who didn t see the funny side of things and sorry to waste the time of those who did appreciate the joke The hints such as they were are that there is no church by that name listed as one of the 50 planned churches and indeed no Saint Eostre Even the existence of the pagan god Eostre is dubious More damningly maybe is that Stulti vadunt eo quo angeli verentur ingredi is a reasonable Latin translation of Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread The rest is all fake as well the results of an overactive imagination The map is a doctored version of this while the photo is a random bombed out building which I darkened then added what I hope vaguely looked like sunlight streaming in The newspaper clipping is generated over here There is a Survey of London but no Surveys of Greater London Likewise Older and Newer London is actually the excellent six volume Old and New London Sorry Facebook 1 7k Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 205 205 1 9k charing cross 34 thoughts on Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station Peter of London says April 1 2014 at 7 21 am I think they also opened it up once for Open House way back in 2003 or so I remember something about the queues being too long so they won t do it again London geeks who missed out really have missed out Reply Andrew says April 1 2014 at 8 09 am Ah St Eostre One of the more obscure saints Probably like many Christian traditions based on the earlier pagan traditions and conflated with an early martyr killed in the spring Associated with rabbits chicks and painted eggs with her attribute of a decorated headdress or bonnet Reply Francesca Fenn says April 1 2014 at 8 36 am A very full analysis Congratulations I would be foolish not to go Reply Richard says April 1 2014 at 10 53 am Surely the service is before noon Reply Sykobee says April 1 2014 at 12 01 pm I think once you ve returned that you will have to create a Wikipedia entry for this church They must have raised the strand by quite a large storey given the picture of the church in the invite Or that isn t the church at all Reply Cordelia says April 1 2014 at 12 14 pm Hi Ian I work for BBC London TV we d be really interested in talking to you about this and finding out who s best to contact about getting inside Many thanks Cordelia Reply Stephen McCaig says April 1 2014 at 12 22 pm Well cheers My wife contacted me about this great opportunity and what with the travelling it s 3 hours of a working day wasted It s one thing being taken in by a newspaper or radio thing and feeling a bit foolish that you believed it another when it actually wastes your time You run a great site Ian but this leaves a sour taste Reply Marc says April 1 2014 at 12 29 pm How odd I thought a London event that Ian has given us no notice of whatsoever And then I twigged Reply Ed says April 1 2014 at

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  • Another chance to see the Almost Lost exhibition – IanVisits
    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 If you missed the exhibition of visions of a concrete clad London that were planned in the 1960s that recently took place at the Wellington Arch there is another chance to see some of the exhibits It has been put on again at The Gallery 75 Cowcross Street near Farringdon Station It runs from 4 30 April It is open to the public free of charge on 4 separate occasions namely Friday 4 April 2 30pm 6 00pm Friday 25 April 2 30pm 8 00pm also Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 April 10

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  • Another attempt to reform the Sunday trading laws – IanVisits
    annoys me But I still want to keep things the way they are I even quite like the annual anomaly of large shops being shut on Easter Sunday In a modern world of fridges and freezers we can cope without the supermarket for one day a year Facebook 20 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 7 7 28 sunday working 12 thoughts on Another attempt to reform the Sunday trading laws simhedges says March 31 2014 at 12 58 am There is the religious lobby who argue that Sunday is sacred But actually in Christian doctrine that s a fairly recent idea dating back no more than about 400 years It comes from the Puritans who scrapped the many holy days and replaced them with the weekly Sunday of rest No Sure many saints days were scrapped the Puritans weren t big on saints but Sundays the Sabbath were holy before during and after Puritain times because its special status arose from the 10 Commandments as follows Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy Six days you shall labour and do all your work but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God On it you shall not do any work you or your son or your daughter your male servant or your female servant or your livestock or the sojourner who is within your gates For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth the sea and all that is in them and rested on the seventh day Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy Reply Simon says March 31 2014 at 2 17 pm For many people the Sabbath is a Saturday Should everything close then too Anyway I m afraid I can t agree with Ian here The Sunday trading laws are an embarrassing throwback to the dark superstitious stupid ages when people were supposed to go to church on a Sunday And quite frankly sod that It s a complete joke that e g House of Fraser can open up but not actually serve you for a couple of hours It isn t special at all it s daft Reply Clive Bell says April 1 2014 at 2 20 pm Sunday as a different day is lost and the current rules are not that helpful in keeping it special I am a Christian and would rather let this silly law go and instead find other ways to protect those who want to worship on sundays and not work all day And for the general well being of the country why not have a few more days like Easter Sunday where the shops and businesses don t open we could call them Bank Holidays now that would give us a few days where most people could have a break from 24hr culture Reply Anna says April 2 2014 at 9 40 pm I agree with Ian that it is nice to have a day in a week

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  • Crossrail skeletons confirmed to have died of the Black Death – IanVisits
    construction works in March 2013 It provided the first evidence of the location of London s first Black Death emergency burial ground established in 1348 Due to the burial ground s historical importance to London an exceptional amount of research analysis has taken place on the skeletons to understand the life and death of Londoners affected by the Black Death From the skeletons teeth scientists have found traces of the DNA of the Yersinia pestis bacterium which was responsible for the Black Death plague confirming the individuals had contact with the deadly disease prior to their death There also appeared to be two phases of burials in 1348 50 followed by a later period dating from the early to mid 1400s The site of the burial is just outside the city walls and the site is named after the Charterhouse that was built next to the burial site to pray for the dead that were buried there That former monastery is still there largely hidden behind high walls and you can book occasional tours to have a look around inside A further dig in July of this year will seek to confirm separate geophysics results which suggest that there could have been a chapel in the middle of Charterhouse Square itself That picturesque little park map link with high cooling trees conceals a very dark history Crossrail Lead Archaeologist Jay Carver who is heading up the research said Historical sources told us that thousands of burials of Black Death victims were made in the 14th Century in the area that is now modern day Farringdon but until Crossrail s discovery archaeologists had been unable to confirm the story Ancient DNA work is complex and still in development but the results do confirm the presence of the deadly plague bacterium preserved

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  • The crazy plan to divert the Bakerloo Line to Bank Station – IanVisits
    have stopped at Waterloo and then curved around to the Waterloo and City Line and run up to Bank station Then a loop would have extended it to Liverpool Street and Farringdon before heading back to Bank But what about the southern bit of the Bakerloo Line from Waterloo to E C That would have been taken over by the Piccadilly Line Those with long memories for tube lore will remember that odd little shuttle line running from Holborn down to Aldwych station There were plans approved but cancelled to extend the line down to Waterloo The Liberal s plans of 1967 would have restored that extension and seen the Piccadilly line then take over the southern runt of the Bakerloo line Here is a mock up if you will forgive the poor photoshopping Click on the map for a larger version The plan was drafted by Mr Lubbock Liberal MP for Orpington and presented to Barbara Castle Minister for Transport Their main complaint was that the newly proposed Crossrail service and the extensions to the Victoria and Fleet lines were too expensive too northern not doing enough for the south of the river Their alternative proposals would have cost around 65 million It was also bonkers for engineering reasons The aim was to loop the Bakerloo line down to Waterloo station and let it take over the Waterloo City line which is quite a substantial bit of tunnelling work Then in trying to extend the Waterloo City line into the new loop would mean smashing through the middle of the Central Line at Bank or lowering the W C line and building an entirely new set of platforms Oh and joining the Picadilly line onto the southern end of the Bakerloo would require some fairly sharp curving of the

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  • A new gallery opens at the British Museum – IanVisits
    up with as much as possible Hello to clean wooden floors evacuated cases and an awful lot of glass What is officially a gallery devoted to European history from AD300 1100 is probably going to be better known for holding some of the Sutton Hoo treasures and the famous helmets However that centre piece aside the room is actually the museum s collection of the dark ages and does a good job of reminding people that the ages were less dark and more vibrant than is commonly believed It is actually the four side chambers to the room that are the most interesting and best laid out Goodly cabinets with a modest selection from each period or in one section on the notion of migrations across Europe The Vikings are here as well because well they have to be That display is worth looking at though as you will find a small broach which was only recently discovered in the vaults when a researcher noted that a lump of presumed to be solid fabric material had some metal pins sticking out of it An x ray later and they uncovered a remarkable find It is though the centre that will probably occupy most attention and yet it felt the least interesting There s too much glass Which seems an odd thing to complain about but huge vast empty glass cases like this just don t work They feel vacated as if there are things missing that should be on display but are elsewhere But worst of all they distract the eye as you can see through them to what is going on elsewhere I prefer my cases to have walls so that the eye is focused on the objects to the exclusion of all else That said there are some

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – 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 A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Tube driver arrested for being drunk in control of train on the Jubilee Line Evening Standard Parts of the Met and Picadilly Lines near Uxbridge will be suspended between 19 July and 10 August for track replacement works Press Release Watford Road lane closure as part of Croxley Rail Link investigations Watford Observer PC Prettejohns actions prevented tragedy in Hammersmith Station NNet Server Views sought on parking near Cannons Park Underground Station Harrow Times Crossrail Crossrail has submitted proposals for improvements to Gidea Park station for approval Press Release Photos from the Crossrail Tunnel Under London s Docks IanVisits Crossrail extended to Reading London Reconnections Crossrail gains from grout plant all in one box Construction News London will come to a standstill if we delay Crossrail 2 says Andrew Adonis CityAM Mainline Overground Virgin lost a complaint against Chiltern Railways adverts claiming it offered a better service than Virgin ASA London Bridge station upgrade to cause disruption BBC News DLR Campaigners have called for action over the risk of death or injury for construction workers after a fatal accident at a building site in Stratford Newham Recorder Miscellaneous Off peak on the London Overground and the DLR London Reconnections TFL Etiquette Posters Made More Honest Imgur TfL Roundels as a 2048 game IanVisits Diamond Geezer reviews the new TfL website here and here One Roundel

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