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by Steve Grindlay
12 Mar 2009 12:11
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: North Tower Demolition
Replies: 1
Views: 2276

I've got that one; it's a press photograph with no date. On the back it says: Famous Landmarks to Feed the Guns Starting the work of demolishing the towers of the Crystal Palace, which will provide thousands of tons of scrap iron. The picture was taken from the top of one of the towers, and shows th...
by Steve Grindlay
24 Feb 2009 06:25
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: 1911 Census
Replies: 16
Views: 9430

In the 1901 census most of Crystal Palace Park Road is in the parish of Holy Trinity, Beckenham.

Try searching by record number: RG13/689, folio 186, page 1 takes you to the beginning of the even numbers and RG13/689, folio 189, page 7 to the beginning of the odd nos.
by Steve Grindlay
23 Feb 2009 22:02
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: where's this?
Replies: 15
Views: 19405

Oh, dear, I should have checked before posting. Anyway, at least we agree. The Cedar of Lebanon, behind the bus, is still there.
by Steve Grindlay
23 Feb 2009 22:00
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: where's this?
Replies: 15
Views: 19405

I think this is the Peter Pan Playground, in Bromley Road somewhere near Homebase. The mill pond in front of Homebase was known as Peter Pan's Pool. There is another picture of the playground here.
by Steve Grindlay
20 Feb 2009 21:03
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Beltwood House Update
Replies: 8
Views: 6363

The point, SydenhamHill Andy, was that little has changed since the Summer of 2007; she was a fugitive then, and the house had been repossessed. Those interested in the house (and I know several) were well aware of this. What interests me is why have all these news agencies suddenly become interested?
by Steve Grindlay
20 Feb 2009 18:42
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Beltwood House Update
Replies: 8
Views: 6363

This is scarcely news. It was mentioned on this site on 26 Nov 2008, and that reference came from an article published in 2007.

What interests me is why, after 18 months, this suddenly become newsworthy.
by Steve Grindlay
15 Feb 2009 14:22
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Remington family, sydenham road
Replies: 2
Views: 2917

I can, perhaps, add a little. You may know that at least some of Richard's children were baptised in St Bartholomew's church; Alice on 3/12/1843, Emily Harriet on 6/4/1845, Mary Elizabeth on 22/3/1847, Edith on 21/1/1849, William Richard on 11/1/1852. You gave the address as 197 Sydenham Road. At ti...
by Steve Grindlay
15 Feb 2009 11:19
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: BECKENHAM ODEON CINEMA
Replies: 12
Views: 12782

We went to see Slumdog Millionaire at Beckenham a couple of days ago, the 5:20 performance. Despite only 10 Oscar nominations the audience was well-behaved and continued to sit quietly (and appreciatively) throughout the closing credits.
by Steve Grindlay
14 Feb 2009 21:21
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: FIRE!!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 6036

The News Shopper has an article on the fire
by Steve Grindlay
8 Feb 2009 21:00
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Rockbourne Rd area
Replies: 5
Views: 5606

The Methodist Chapel is the same building, Will. For some reason they simply rebuilt the front facade in 1913. Could the convent you mentioned in Mayow Road be St Winefride's High School, which was at 16 and 20 Mayow Road from roughly 1925 until after 1939? I imagine it was a Catholic establishment ...
by Steve Grindlay
8 Feb 2009 12:07
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: old St.Bart's primary school
Replies: 27
Views: 21219

You may be right, Eagle. The source I mentioned was Joan Alcock who wrote in Sydenham & Forest Hill History "St Bartholomews closed the old school on Kirkdale in 1973". However, I think it more likely that was the year it was demolished.
by Steve Grindlay
8 Feb 2009 11:02
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Stanton Road
Replies: 6
Views: 11101

Stanton Road and Square were laid out in the 1880s, within the area now encircled by the one-way system at Bell Green. This map (1894) shows Stanton Square; Stanton Road is not named, but it is the road that leads into the square, with just the terrace of 8 houses above the word "Stanton"....
by Steve Grindlay
8 Feb 2009 09:41
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: old St.Bart's primary school
Replies: 27
Views: 21219

The old St Barts was still open in the early 1970s. According to one source it closed in 1973. Certainly the Catholic church opened in 1974.
by Steve Grindlay
7 Feb 2009 23:04
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Rockbourne Rd area
Replies: 5
Views: 5606

That's better... here are a few pictures, all to be seen at higher resolution on Flickr : http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3453/3261568148_98c818fe7c.jpg Waldram Park Road http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3369/3261571298_93af32efe7.jpg Waldram Park Road http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3312/3260754883_be8...
by Steve Grindlay
7 Feb 2009 15:00
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: The Crystal Palace from the back (front?)
Replies: 34
Views: 32422

Paxton, I'm afraid this is all I can come up with. It is copied from "To the Crystal Palace" by C T Goode (1984). The caption suggests it was taken in 1954, so it is not even early enough for you:
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by Steve Grindlay
31 Jan 2009 21:41
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Palace Square , Penge
Replies: 2
Views: 2517

I've just managed to find it: http://tinyurl.com/cpuv2w
It is in the London Borough of Bromley, so it might be worth contacting their local history centre: http://tinyurl.com/f5737
by Steve Grindlay
27 Jan 2009 19:57
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Curious item for sale on ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 3690

Yes, Mary, I did win it (had to pay a little more than I normally do for such things). The Edney family were the village blacksmiths, their forge at what would now be 153 Sydenham Road, near Berrymans Lane. The business was started by Thomas Edney in 1790. On his death in 1849 it was taken over by h...
by Steve Grindlay
27 Jan 2009 14:58
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: First World War air raid?
Replies: 5
Views: 5659

This link has a bit more information on the victims: http://lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot.com/info:air-raid-ww1-19-20-may-1918 On 20 May 1918 a Gotha dropped a 100kg bomb over Lower Sydenham. Buildings were destroyed at the Sydenham Road junction with Fairlawn Park and 18 civillians and five soldiers...
by Steve Grindlay
27 Jan 2009 14:18
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Lewisham brickworks
Replies: 4
Views: 5442

As well as those mentioned there were several other brickworks in the area. The earliest was near of what is now Honor Oak Road, operating from the 1730s to 1770s. One of the earliest Victorian brickworks was off Westwood Hill, near the junction with Crystal Palace Park Road. It was making brick to ...
by Steve Grindlay
25 Jan 2009 10:41
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Crystal Palace c. 1918
Replies: 4
Views: 3122

Between 1914 and 1919 the Crystal Palace was commandeered by the Royal Navy, and officially called "HMS Victory". In 1915 the Palace and grounds were closed to the public. According to Jan Piggott (Palace of the People, 2004) an extraordinary transformation took place: "the men slept ...