Monday 30 August 2010

Payne's Wharf query

Robin Jordan writes;

I was browsing the blog to see if I could find out more about Paynes Wharf, if there are any photos/articles, how and when it might have got its name – and who were the “Payne Brothers” that were mentioned in a Times Article relating to a serious paper fire in their warehouse in 1929.

Can anyone help point me in the right direction?

Thursday 26 August 2010

Greenwich Armour

The lastest edition of Festival Times has just arrived. This is the newsletter of the Festival of Britain Society, and devotes itself to the amazing amount of material and events which emanated from the Festival in 1951. The newsletter always contains many intersting, and surprising, items.
You can contact the Society at

I note in this one a whole page about a Greenwich industry - the Tudor manufacture of upmarket . This exhibition - part of the 1951 Festival - was at the Tower of London
and was the first time this collection had been brought together.

Armour made for the Earl of Warwick c.1615

A suit of armour made for George Clifford
3rd Earl of Cumberland c1568

Armour on the left made for Henry VII
Armour on the right made for William
Herbert, The Earl of Pembroke

Armour belonging to Henry Prince of Wales c.1610 on the left
one the right armour made for George Clifford 3rd Earl of
Cumberland c.1568

Thursday 19 August 2010

Some letters

We've been sent a series of archive letters (thank you, John).

Two of them relate to railway bridges in our area

- One is about the bridge over Court Road in Eltham and is from the London General Omnibus Company of Electric Railway House, Westminster. Dating from 1934 it concerns the weight of their buses.

= The other is about the Horn Park Lane railway bridge which was being replaced. From the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich Electricity Department it describes the location of electricity cables on the bridge which the London County Council want removed.