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  • Photos from inside the derelict Millennium Mills – IanVisits
    soon fell into disuse and the mills closed in the 1980s and apart from intruders or film crews have lain waste ever since Millennium Mills is the last of the three great mills that once stood on the site and is surprisingly not listed so could be demolished However their bulk and iconic status locally makes that almost unthinkable so they are being converted into workplaces as an overflow for the sort of companies being priced out of Shoreditch Turning the vast bulk into offices wont be easy though Built from monumental concrete as a fire retardant from dust explosions the structure is largely decently sound However it has asbestos and a government grant is funding the current works on site to make it safe Within the bulk the intention is to remove the internal grain silos and the brick walls to expose the scale of the floors and then plan the layout for future users That is for the future as the exact final details are still to be agreed At the moment works are underway to strip out the unwanted parts including a lot of rotted wooden floors wood being used away from the flour production so probably offices and services Although much of the concrete is sheer bulky mass where there are staircases they have used thin sheets where the structure is also the design A style very similar to that used in Trellick Tower some 20 years later As the grain was pumped up high and used gravity to drop down to the mills there are distinctive huge metal cones left over from the milling days along with the holes in the roof where grain would have flowed Roller mills were on the higher levels and processing plansifters and other machinery on the lower floors Further

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/20/photos-from-inside-the-derelict-millennium-mills/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The year a quarter of London’s population died – IanVisits
    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 year of our Lord 1665 and God s wrath smote the City of London laying waste to a quarter of its population for their sinful deeds In this the 350th anniversary of the last of the great plagues to strike England an exhibition has opened in the Guildhall library that looks at how the effects of the plague were recorded by the afflicted The documents and books on display are a mix of medical advice to those alive and record keeping of the dead It is a trait of municipal minds that record keeping has to be maintained even in the midst of calamitous events As such spreadsheets of the dead are displayed with decorative borders of corruption Mortality reduced to accountancy Elsewhere doctors and quacks proclaimed various treatments for the living to stave off the pestilence A pint of garlic infused milk anyone Curiously there was science at work with attempts to uncover the method of the plague spreading Bad airs being the most favoured of explanations and admonitions to dispelling the miasmas with more fragrant aromas However while science strove to fight the plague they were not trying to understand the cause of the plague for that was obvious God s wrath was at work

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/18/the-year-a-quarter-of-londons-population-died/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London’s fire brigade museum to get a new home – IanVisits
    As part of a controversial deal to sell the building it sits in the museum will get a new home in the Brigade s old headquarters on Albert Embankment in Lambeth The current museum will remain open until September 2015 after which the process of packing storing and auditing the museum s contents will begin It is estimated it could take between three and five years until a new museum opens but plans are being developed that will ensure there are still opportunities for the public to view the Brigade s historic collection These include temporary exhibitions at various spaces across London including fire stations and Brigade headquarters outreach visits and educational talks and lectures and events to commemorate next year s London Fire Brigade 150th anniversary celebrations At the moment the museum is both very good and a right pain to visit It s is only open Mon Fri and only to pre booked visitors who have to take a guided tour They claim they have to turn away school groups due to a lack of space but there would be plenty of space for individuals to visit for a wander around on their own if only it were possible Hopefully the new museum when it opens will be more welcoming to the visitor who just wants to go in for a look on their own on a Saturday Until then look out for temporary exhibitions appearing next year it may be the only way for the average London adult to see their exhibits Facebook 12 Google 3 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 6 6 21 london fire brigade museum 6 thoughts on London s fire brigade museum to get a new home Mike Paterson says July 18 2015 at 1 45 pm Sounds to me like someone is trying to make a virtue out of necessity How can being closed by up to five years possibly be a good thing The only reason it s difficult to visit is because of the visiting conditions nothing to do with the building itself which has historic ties to the brigade But I suppose we all knew this was coming What s the building to become Let me guess Luxury flats Reply Ian Visits says July 18 2015 at 1 48 pm How can being closed by up to five years possibly be a good thing A museum that is damn difficult to visit will be easier to visit because it s closing and putting the exhibits on display in pop up displays around London No need to take time off work make appointments etc It was a criticism the current difficult system of visiting the museum Reply Mike Paterson says July 18 2015 at 6 08 pm Well I agree with you that the current system is was inadequate and which needed to be improved upon I ll judge these pop up affairs when they happen But losing the building is a disaster second only to the loss of the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/18/londons-fire-brigade-museum-to-get-a-new-home/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public – IanVisits
    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 Under an otherwise unremarkable office block in the City can be found one of London s largest visible Roman ruins Visible very rarely though as it s behind locked doors The remains were first discovered in 1848 and more fully revealed in several additional phases of excavation showing a modest bath house preserved within the courtyard of a much larger structure possibly an inn Since then apart from occasional open days they have remained a sealed off hidden marvel of Roman London Starting from late August though access will be

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/17/rarely-seen-roman-ruin-to-open-to-the-public/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A music concert underneath Tower Bridge – IanVisits
    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 Updated booking details now available below Tower Bridge has announced the first ever public event to take place inside its subterranean Bascule Chamber As part of this year s Totally Thames Festival this cavernous space hidden below river level will be brought to life with live music performances taking place at intervals throughout the day on Saturday 26th September 2015 and Sunday 27th September 2015 Using recordings of Tower Bridge s very own lifting mechanisms composer Iain Chambers will create a bespoke brass and electronic piece of music for this special event As road and river traffic rumbles on above their heads the music will be played for the first time But what are the Bascule Chambers They are two vast quarter circle shaped rooms underneath the bridge where the massive counterweight swings into when the bridge is opened Group tours can go in by arrangement and they are an extraordinary sight As such the concert may be subject to changes due to bridge openings as the space would be most unwise location to be in when the counterweight comes down to crush you Tickets will be on sale soon and I will flag that up when it happens Tickets will be on sale from Monday

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/16/a-music-concert-underneath-tower-bridge/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Bakerloo line extension TfL to make the case to Treasury SE1 Fresh 24 hour Tube strike announced for 5 August BBC News Eleanor Laing has been accused of vastly overstating her case by a rival politician after claiming victory in a train station access campaign Local Guardian Crossrail TfL is drawing up options to permanently close Victoria Coach Station for Crossrail 2 Transport Briefing Crossrail supplied sea wall breached in Essex IanVisits Mainline Overground Trains running 2 mins late We ll give you a refund c2c rail promises London24 HS2 Euston plans to see Camden children spend entire young lives next to construction site Ham High Plans to build an underground travelator to connect the London terminus of HS2 with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link have been revived Independent Man arrested after charging iPhone on London Overground train The Guardian Paddington set for improvements to waiting facilities and ticketing services Maidenhead Advertiser What is HS2 proposing for Langley Colnbrook Views Stagecoach Group and Department for Transport break off franchise extension negotiations Rail Construction work has started on a train station that has remained closed for 30 years YellowAd Miscellaneous Transport for London and the Total Advertisement Blue Labyrinths A curious side effect of the tube strike London hotel searches plummet during Tube strike Big Hospitality EastEnders acknowledge Tube Strike blunder with that awkward moment tweet as Lee Carter uses Underground on Thursday The Mirror A posh restaurant which branded striking Tube staff pig headed was trolled by angry trade unionists who booked tables only to cancel at the last minute Morning

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/16/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-106/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Crossrail supplied sea-wall breached in Essex – IanVisits
    years ago Aerial view of Wallasea Island in 2011 Back when Crossrail was young they knew they needed to find somewhere accommodating to take all the soil they would dig up Usually for projects of this sort large amounts of landscaping or dumping in old surface mines are considered In the past for example soil from the Piccadilly line provided a huge earth embankment for the early Chelsea football ground seating areas However for Crossrail it just so happens that not far from London is an island seeking tonnes of unwanted soil so a collaboration was set up Over three million tonnes of excavated material has been used to raise part of the island by an average of 1 5m creating lagoons and other wildlife friendly features and protecting these areas with new sea walls This weekend the first phase of the project was completed when the new sea walls of Cell 1 were successfully breached to allow for tidal flow into the marshland View of sea defences Wallasea Island RSPB reserve Andy Hay RSPB images Wetland restoration began on Wallasea in 2006 when sea walls were breached on the northern edge of the island By 2025 the RSPB s Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project plans to have created 148 hectares of mudflats 192 hectares of saltmarsh and 76 acres of shallow saline lagoons Around eight miles of coastal walks and cycle routes will allow people to get closer to the island s wildlife Martin Harper is the RSPB s Conservation Director He said By moving spoil from central London to a part of the coast below sea level and vulnerable to flooding the partnership is allowing the completion of a major transport project which will boost the economy while providing an area that will become an area of international

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/13/crossrail-supplied-sea-wall-breached-in-essex/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 3D maps of every Underground station – IanVisits
    the drawings to enlarge them Note the diagrams are indicative of layouts and are not updated with changes temporary or permanent Stations A B Stations C G Stations H M Stations N S Stations T W Stations A B Aldgate Aldgate East Angel Archway Arsenal Balham Bank Monument Barbican Bayswater Belsize Park Bermondsey Bethnal Green Blackhorse Road Bond Street Borough Bounds Green Bow Road Brixton Stations A B Stations C G Stations H M Stations N S Stations T W Original reference files here Copyright Copyright of the diagrams is owned by TfL If you would like to re use the information please contact TfL Requests for re use will be considered in accordance with the Re use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 and where the disclosed information is a dataset section 11a of the Freedom of Information Act Facebook 6 9k Google 235 Linkedin 397 Reddit 13 Twitter 636 636 8 2k london underground 17 thoughts on 3D maps of every Underground station GT says July 13 2015 at 6 51 am Someone is cheating I immediately checked Kings Cross as probably the most complicated on the system ONLY the southern ticket hall entrance are shown Ther are numerous tunnels walkways from the northern t hall down along to various lines NOT shown Oops naughty Reply Jeremy says July 17 2015 at 11 32 am There are 2 pages 1 shows the northern ticket hall and associated tunnels the other one shows the western ticket hall and tube ticket halls they will not show the kings cross or st pancras station layouts as they are not part of the underground however both of those have their own layouts on network rail websites Reply Sean says July 13 2015 at 8 50 am Interesting but the title is such clickbait Every underground station you have 120 out of 270 less than half Reply Ian Visits says July 13 2015 at 10 02 am It shows all the underground stations The tube stations that are above ground lack the tunnels to be included in maps of tunnels Reply Joe Piehl says July 15 2015 at 4 39 pm That makes sense At first I thought my former stop Baron s Court didn t make the cut Is there a resource for diagrams of the above ground TFL stations Alan says July 13 2015 at 1 27 pm Great resource Baker St seems to be missing despite having 3 lines in tunnels Reply Dave from Cape Town says July 24 2015 at 9 18 am Where s Parson s Green It s on the District Line between Putney Bridge and Fulham Broadway haha thank you But is there an axonometric for it available anywhere please Reply Ian Visits says July 24 2015 at 9 46 am Parson s Green is not an underground station hence the lack of a diagram of its non existent tunnels Reply Dennison says July 30 2015 at 11 30 pm Is Heathrow Terminal 5 above ground

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/12/3d-maps-of-every-underground-station-ab/ (2016-02-16)
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