The Ravensbourne River, Lewisham to Lower Sydenham

Lewisham is a major building site right now and the Ravensbourne River disappears under the new flats, road, cranes, bulldozers, and everything else. However, the Masterplan shows new landscaping which will encourage people to enjoy the Ravensbourne and become more aware of the Quaggy.  Continue reading

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The Ravensbourne River, The Thames to Lewisham Station

The Ravensbourne is 17km long (11 miles), rising in Keston Ponds at Caesar’s Well, and debouching into the Thames in Deptford. I am walking the river using the DLR, buses and trains.  Continue reading

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Canadian Corner in Orpington

Today I set out to visit gardens, but as I walked towards Priory Gardens in Orpington I passed the cemetery of All Saints Church and noticed a War Cemetery.

Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington

Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington

Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington Canadian Corner, All Saints Cemetery, Orpington

Orpington Hospital opened in 1916 as the Ontario Military Hospital to care for soldiers injured in the Great War. Canada sent 560,000 men and women to the war and many, apparently, came from Ontario, hence the name. The hospital was one of the best at the time; 30,000 patients were treated but there are ‘only’ 129 graves from WWI, the majority of which are Canadian.

Ontario Military Hospital (www.newshopper.co.uk)

Ontario Military Hospital (www.newshopper.co.uk)

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Orpington Military Hospital
The Hospital and the Cemetery

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Ravilious at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery has a wonderful exhibition of Eric Ravilious – don’t miss it!

Lifeboats (www.cannspress.co.uk)

Lifeboats (www.cannspress.co.uk)

Beachy Head (www.cannsdownpress.co.uk)

Beachy Head (www.cannsdownpress.co.uk)

HMS Glorious in the Arctic (

“HMS Glorious in the Arctic (Art IWM ART LD 283)” by Eric Ravilious – http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/22458. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HMS_Glorious_in_the_Arctic_(Art_IWM_ART_LD_283).jpg#/media/File:HMS_Glorious_in_the_Arctic_(Art_IWM_ART_LD_283).jpg

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Changes

I am refocussing my blogs and I hope you will enjoy the changes!

Suffolk Diary and the London Garden sites are being combined into Enthusiastic Gardener and will be about learning to garden in London and Suffolk, and my enjoyment of plants and gardens which I visit.

Cakes & Baking is where I will develop ideas for a book on cakes.

Londondiaryblog is going to be renamed and will be my explorations in London and abroad – an expat enjoying the richness of the Old World.

And I will play with my growing interest in photography at Pixel Talk, a site as yet very undeveloped.

 

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Kennington Lane, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.100)

Bradshaw says ‘..In Kennington Lane is the Licensed Victuallers’ School, and further on is the principal entrance to Vauxhall Gardens, a favourite place of summer resort from the reign of Charles II to that of Victoria..’. Continue reading

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Courtenay Square & surrounds, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.99)

Kennington Palace was sited north of Kennington Lane in the Manor of Kennington. ‘Edward III gave the manor of Kennington to his oldest son Edward, the Black Prince in 1337, and the prince then built a large royal palace in the triangle formed by Kennington Lane, Sancroft Street and Cardigan Street, near to Kennington Cross.’ But in 1531 Henry VIII dismantled the building and the materials were used in a new palace in Whitehall.  The Duchy of Cornwall remains a considerable landowner in the area to this day. Continue reading

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Rhododendrons in Greenwich Park

The magnolias are over for another year, but the rhododendrons have started – gorgeous few weeks ahead!

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons

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The Kennington Road, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.98)

Bradshaw says ‘..The Kennington Road, leading to Kennington Common and the southern suburbs, is a spacious well-inhabited thoroughfare, with some neat squares and terraces adjoining.’ Today the road is the A23 from Lambeth North Station to the A3 at Kennington Park, a noisy, busy road but those neat squares and terraces can still be found.  Continue reading

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The Westminster Road, Bradshaw’s Hand Book (No.97)

Bradshaw takes me to The Westminster Road which runs from St George’s Circus to Westminster Bridge but only picks out one or two sites. For a full investigation please visit the wonderfully amazing Edith’s Streets and see the posts on St George’s Cathedral and the London Necropolis Railway Station. Continue reading

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