Well - before we start this morning, here's a nice photo of a Dutch coaster at Lovell's Wharf in the 1970s
and a couple of other things.
Industrial Archaeology News - that's the newsletter of the national body. Their Winter 2016 Newsletter has an article in it about New Donnington. Now to you and me that's just some boring suburb to the north of Telford in the Midlands. The article points out that the houses are unusual 'red brick, modern, with flat roofs' and built in the 1930s. Why? Well the Government had built in the district a new RAOC Ordinance Depot and they were hoping people from Woolwich Arsenal would all go up there to work,. All those houses were built for people from Woolwich - it was a 'Shadow factory' - and there were several such set up. All round the country Woolwichers and their expertise was settling into new towns or suburbs at the back of existing towns.
The article goes on to explain that by 1980 Donnington had become the Central Ordinance Depot (COD) one of the largest military store complexes in Europe. It is still in use and next to it is being built a new army logistics department. (just think what that would have done for local employment figures if they had stayed here!!)
and - now - an article from the latest WADAS Newsletter (with thanks to them) - which will introduce you to Crossness
This is taken from somewhere near the outside of the Pilot Pub - in a road which was then known as Riverway and which went down to the river. (I understand that in those days The Pilot was called ' Stage VII' by gasworks staff)