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Saturday, August 12, 2006

They don't take pictures of where I live

I googled the name of my part of London - Lewisham - and very little of any interest came up. Actually nothing of interest came up. So I saved a few anyway, just to give you a taste of somewhere so uninteresting, even the local council doesn't bother to publish photos of it. Actually, the High Street becomes rather attractive after the shops are finished. The road broadens, the pavements are wide and tree-lined, and the trees, once covered in lights at Christmas time, now seem to sport them all year long.
The planners "improved " Lewisham by building the concrete tower block on the right, leased to Citibank. In the middles of the picture is the car park that goes with the shopping centre that opened in 1976. Actually, the multi-storey car park is probably the most attractive building they've put up in the last 30 years. You can just see a glimpse of the edge of the roundabout that was supposed to solve all the traffic problems. It was so successful, they're going to rebuild the whole town centre to get rid of the terrible traffic jams. The blank wall is where the remaining older shop joined on to the old Odeon cinema that they tore down to make the town centre so attractive. That's the cinema where I saw The Beatles in 1963.


The Clocktower was erected to celebrate one of Queen Victoria's jubilees. This photo is so old, it shows the tower on its traffic island, whereas some years ago it was moved closer to where the camera is. Now it's in a pedestrianised area. The local department store has been ripped down to make way for a vast new police station. The police shut themselves in when late-night brawls happen outside.


This is part of Lewisham Hospital, which was opened in the buildings of the old Victorian workhouse. It keeps on expanding, but the waiting lists don't seem to get any shorter.


Now we're talking. The Horniman Museum is not in the town centre - in fact, it's about 3 or 4 miles away. It was set up by Lord Horniman of tea fame. It holds some interesting collections, such as musical instruments, artefacts from many civilisations, puppets, and Egyptiana, including mummies.


The museum is set in parkland, and this conservatory has been restored in recent years. There is a little farm-cum-zoo. It really is a great place to take kids. If you have a specially arranged school visit, they can even handle some of the artefacts. It's everything a museum should be - it has lots of pristine glass cabinets, but also lots of dusty corners.

3 comments:

Tess said...

I think it's lovely. And believe me it's much more interesting than where I live.....Lot's of corn fields and cows!! (But the people are nice!)

JoJo said...

What a pretty area! Is this the same setting for the books by Edith Nesbit? Didn't the Bastable children go looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road?

val said...

JoJo, you know more than most Lewisham residents. She did live in a couple of places in Lewisham, one in a street called Elswick Road, a little crescent which backs on to the railway. Lewisham Road actually exists. It starts roughly behind where the camera was in the photo of the roundabout.

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