Thursday, 17 April 2014

Some GLIAS stuff today

The Newsletter of the Greater London Archaeology Society arrived yesterday  - so what have they got to say about Greenwich ---

Well - last night they had Ian Bull speaking about the Royal Arsenal Railway  - sorry, I didn't advertise it but I didn't actually know about it until half an hour before it started, due it only arriving after lunch  - so - ho hum.   (but you can hear Ian speaking at GIHS on 17th June).

HOWEVER - Andrew Turner will continue his walk along the Greenwich Riverside on  7th June.  The whole walk will focus on the Charlton Riverside and they hope to see old British Ropes site - and (GLIAS doesn't tell you that, but I have exclusive info).  If you want to go you can't just turn up - you need to email or send an SAE to GLIAS Walks, 84a Kingston Road,  Luton, LU2 7SA. 

So - what is there about Greenwich/Woolwich inside this newsletter????.

Under 'Startling things in South East London'  Bob Carr mentions the soon to be defunct Sainsbury's supermarket - no detail but he did that last time - he then goes off on about Peckham Library.

Then a note about the consultation on the proposed change of name to Bugsby's Reach - that's -er - by me. 

There is also a note by Sarah Timewell about the Lewisham prefab estate (GIHS has a speaker on this on 10th March next year).

Under 'News in Brief' Bob Carr mentions the demolition of the Enderby Boiler House and the chimney.

If you want to read the rest - mostly about their AGM - the web address is


GLIAS has also produced No.12 of London's Industrial Archaeology - this has articles mostly about the Surrey Iron Railway (in Wandsworth and Croydon) - as well as something in the Beaufoy Vinegar Brewery (Vauxhall) and the archaeology of London Underground .....

but there are two brief pages giving an extract from the diary of a  Franz Grillparzer who travelled on the Greenwich Railway in 1836.  He liked Greenwich itself  'Magnificent  park .... beautiful view'.  With the railway he notes the speed 'in six minutes you arrive in Deptford'  - not sure if he liked it or not.

I also note that this edition of the journal - and the last one - had a shiny cover.  I must congratulate the current editor with getting away with that - when I edited it, if such a thing had been proposed, the sky would have fallen in and everyone would have had histerixs.  (in 50 years time they might make another small change).  I would also like to congratulate him on getting several journals out in quick succession  - I know only too well how hard that must be.


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