A few newsletters and stuff have turned up over the past fortnight, not much, to be honest.
Lewisham Local History Newsletter. Really this edition is all about Forest Hill, and like places in Lewisham which even I can't argue are really in Greenwich! There is a note about a Heritage Exhibition on 10-17th October at St.Mary's Church, which will cover some of the joint history when in 918 lands in Greenwich and Lewisham were left to St.Peter's Abbey in Ghent. There is also an appeal for speakers on local history items at Manor House Library on Wednesday mornings (info Robert.Tamplin@Lewisham.gov.uk)
GLIAS Newsletter - This includes an article by Peter Butt on Millennium Mills - its not in Greenwich but you can see it from Greenwich! Otherwise - they list the following meetings which might be of interest:
17th February. GLIAS lecture. Father Thames, Still alive and kicking. The Changing Role of Thames Wharves. David Hilling. Swedenborg Hall, Barter Street, WC1 6.30
18th May. GLIAS AGM The Gallery, Cowcross Street, EC1
4th November. Trinity Buoy Wharf by Eric Reynolds. Docklands History Group, Museum in Docklands 5.30 (well, again, you can see it from Greenwich)
- and also - Danny Hayton and Andrew Turner's Greenwich Peninsula walk last Saturday seemed to go very well. I understand it took over three hours to get round - and that they were advised by Elizabeth Pearcey at Enderby Wharf with piles of Enderby Group leaflets. On the walk was a visitor from Germany - Barbara Gasometra Berger - here to look at our gasholders, and hot on the heels of a previous visitor with similar intentions from Finland. So, welcome, to Barbara, and glad she described our massive East Greenwich No.1. holder as 'adorable'.
Beale of East Greenwich - Elizabeth Pearcey has shared with us an article from Newcomen Society Links (which is on a members only website). This is by Bob Carr and talks about the rotary engine patented by Joshua Beale who had a works on part of the site of Enderby Wharf in the early 19th century. It is illustrated with a copy of part of his patent. Rotary engines are an interesting subject and Bob is hoping to put forward the view that they were a more common and more long lasting design than has previously been thought. More about the Beales in due course.
Links also a note about the Enderby Group, its work and links to recent publications by Stewart Ash.
English Heritage have sent us notes of some archaeological work about to start:
Phase 7/8 Riverside, Woolwich (LAG/011/387)
and PLOT M0401, OLD SCHOOL CLOSE, GREENWICH PENINSULA: 14/3601/F (LAG/011/271) - archaeology (this includes a full site briefing - happy to share if someone emails firstname.lastname@example.org)
and - hope you have all been down to see Bullet from a Shooting Star. It is on Point Wharf, by the way, not the gas works or any part of the gas works site. It claims to be reminiscent of industry on the Peninsula - do we think that is so? And do we have any thoughts on what is clearly a triumph of structural engineering??
and - for thoughts on the 19th century telecoms revolution - try http://www.scrambledmessages.ac.uk/