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Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Little Tour

I thought that after seeing the seamier side of my local area, you might like to see some of the pleasanter surroundings that are within a few miles of my home.

I'm sure Lewisham grew up where it did because it was at the confluence of two rivers - the Ravensbourne and the Quaggy (which only surfaces briefly near the town centre, otherwise it's culverted). Here's the Ravensbourne

and here's the Quaggy.

Believe it or not, they both used to look much worse than this!

OK, apparently I loaded these wrong. Photobucket won't let me into my album, so I had to do this straight from the computer.

This path is between two beautiful streets where the richer members of Lewisham society reside. It's actually in Blackheath, parts of which are in the borough of Lewisham. As Ientered the path, two mounted police officers came out.

The second picture is from an almost derelict staircase leading from an observation platform preserved for its wonderful views over London. As you can see, it's a good hunting spot for cats!

Then there are two pictures of the views from this vantage point. I was desperate for a pee at this point, and the area was so deserted, I just squatted and watered the plants.

At the bottom of this section is one of the old houses on the old Earl of Dartmouth's estate.

Above is another of the very old houses on the same street.
Below is a pair of houses which are some of the oldest semi-detached houses in Britain.

Another 200-year-old house on the Dartmouth land.

This is a close-up of the blue plaque on the wall.

Now you know who to blame!

The Ranger's House was built to house the Ranger of Greenwich Park.

It now houses the Werner Collection, and amazing collection of jewellery and other fine pieces of gold and other precious stones and metals. Greenwich Park was close to the road the Romans built to the Kent coast. It's the same road that Chaucer's pilgrims used to go to Canterbury in the Canterbury Tales.

This was the hunting park for Greenwich Palace, where Henry VIII was born.

From this hill, beside the Royal Observatory, you can see the National Maritime Museum, with the Queen's House in the centre. I've made posts about these before. Beyond is the Royal Naval College, which is now part of the University of Greenwich. Then there is the Thames, and on the other side, the Isle of Dogs, with the tower blocks of the new business district at Canary Wharf.

To the left you can just make out the new big wheel, the Greenwich Eye.

This view shows the Millennium Dome, or the O2 as it's now known.

Ahm the 24-hour clock on the Prime Meridian at Greenwich,

the place where the day begins and ends.

It shows Greenwich Mean Time, which is an hour behind the current British Summer Time.

There are some incredibly old trees in the park.

This sign tells the story of the Elizabeth Oak, which managed to stand for centuries till modern technology failed to save it (they put a metal stanchion inside to support it, but failed to attach it to the ground, so its weight pulled the tree over some time after a heavy storm).

This is the view back up to the Observatory. This is probably no more than a tenth of the park, maybe a lot less than that. You can just see a statue in the middle, which is of General Wolfe, the man who subdued Quebec. Apparently, today was his 239th birthday.


Rosemary said...

Hi Val,Enjoyed your tour of Lewisham and its environs, I'm from Oxford England, now living in Texas, so I appreciate a taste of England. I also love the captions all of you gals do on the pictures of our HOT Vincent!yours and Lozzie's sense of British humour shines through. Thanks, Rosey

val said...

We aim to please, Rosemary.

Hope you are safe from the hurricane.

SnarkAngel said...

Such a wonderful and long tour, my dear! You only stopped to "squat" once? I was hoping to hear that you'd marked almost every location with your particular scent. Hee. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful photographs and the equally interesting historic context! XOXO

Anonymous said...

All I can say is my village got a mention in the Doomsday book (1086) and of course, I'm not that far from Sherwood Forest, although Tamara was more excited about my proximity to Donington Park Race Circuit ;0)

I've only been to Greenwich once, but it's a fascinating place. Tess and I also spent a lot of time hanging out in Greenwich Village when we were in New York.

Even though our current Government/political correctness-gone-barking-mad is trying to deny we had any,I LOVE history.

On a side note, did anyone else in the UK read in the paper today that the Church of England are going to issue an apology to Charles Darwin for castigating him for his theory of evolution? Shame the poor fella's been dead 126 years. Then again, the same article says the Vatican, under John Paul II, did something similar to apologise for it's trial of Galileo in 1633.

You couldn't make it up!

Lozzie Cap said...

This is fascinating Val. I spent some time living in Hither Green (hawk, spit) and then later in St. Reatham, so a lot of what I see here is familiar ... Lx

Music Wench said...

I love these photos! Thanks for sharing them. :)

JoJo said...

OK, that's it, I'm going to have to come to London and have you be my tour guide. I want to see all of these things.

BTW, did you run into the Bastable kids looking for treasure? lol

Drowsey Monkey said...

Very cool photos! I like when you share a bit about yourself in the posts...well, other than your VDO obsession...which we ALL share! lol

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