The March 2012 edition of the GLIAS newsletter just came through the door - its most remarkable feature being seven and half pages of events. These include - of Greenwich interest -
21st March - Deptford Dockyard, its history and archaeology. Duncan Hawkins - this is in the Willoughby Lecture Theatre, Charterhouse Square, Barts Medical School, EC1 18.30 02086928512
18th April Maassey-Shaw Fireboat. Its History and Restoration. David Rogers. Willoughby Lecture Theatre, as above.
18th February Symposium on Thames Shipbuilding. Museum in Docklands, West India Quay, E14. £30 Booking necessary. firstname.lastname@example.org
21st February Ropemaking in Greenwich. John Yeardley. GIHS Old Bakehouse, Blackheath Village, SE3 7.30
13th March Bricks and Brickmaking in Greenwich, David Cufley. GIHS (as above)
17th April. Sugar and Soap - Amylum site - Peter Luck. GIHS (as above)
Then there is a very considerable article about the Deptford Creek Railway Bridge:
The London and Greenwich railway and its locality is of great
importance. As well as the threats to London Bridge station, the whole
length of the original line will be upgraded in the near future. This
swathe of South East London deserves special consideration. Although
the present Deptford Creek railway bridge is not yet 50 years old it
serves as a significant landmark for the Creek, proclaiming that the
Creek is tidal and navigable. In a similar way Tower Bridge symbolises
the Thames and even London itself. The Eiffel tower in Paris plays a
similar role there.
At the National Maritime Museum to the east of the bridge in Greenwich,
when a visitor was to come down by rail from London to the museum on
business a tide table was consulted. Train services from London Bridge
could be seriously disrupted around high tide and for whoever was
meeting the traveller there might be a long wait on Maze Hill station
before the important person finally made it.
The previous bridge of 1884 was replaced in December 1963, the
present electric liftbridge being designed by A.H. Cantrell, chief
civil engineer of BR Southern Region, and built by Sir William Arrol &
Co of Glasgow. When the 1884 bridge was opened to allow a small ship to
pass there was what now seems a ridiculous performance. Even the rails
had to be completely removed and no less than twelve men were needed to
Where the railway crosses, the Creek has a large tidal range with
plenty of water at high tide. Nick Bertrand from the Creekside Centre
still leads his ecological walks with everyone in waders to explore the
bed of the Ravensbourne at low tide. It is well worth taking part in
one of these Low Tide Walks if you get the chance. There is an
important ecological aspect to this part of the creek which is also
under threat. Bob Carr
AND not done yet. Also there are little Greenwich notes:
- a note that Fieldwork on the Thames Foreshore is noted in the London Archaeologist as taking place in Greenwich.
- a note to say 'Boris Johnson's cable car' is progressing 'at a fine pace'.
- a note admonishing a previous writer on the Woolwich ferry for getting the date of the first London County Council wrong
- and in a book review on Psychogeography - a reference to a quotation about 'Greenwich not being the spirtual centre of the British Empire'.