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by mikej
18 Apr 2008 19:51
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 8466

I have to say that - if you can afford it - by far the best local-ish school is Alleyns. Such a happy, such a simply civilised school. In addition it has great results, wonderful sport, art, drama, D of E, CCF, etc. And it takes boys and girls. Truly remarkable. I have never regretted sending my kid...
by mikej
18 Apr 2008 19:47
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: forest hill boys school
Replies: 7
Views: 9455

I have to say that - if you can afford it - by far the best local-ish school is Alleyns. Such a happy, such a simply civilised school. In addition it has great results, wonderful sport, art, drama, D of E, CCF, etc. And it takes boys and girls. Truly remarkable. I have never regretted sending my kid...
by mikej
21 Dec 2007 17:21
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Fly tipping vs £15 for council collection
Replies: 3
Views: 4062

Bromley did that collection thing you mention but not for years now - at least 7 or 8. Was quite good while it lasted though. I think they did it once a year for a few years.
by mikej
26 Oct 2007 17:25
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Simple question about the Domesday book
Replies: 3
Views: 3439

Was Bellingham a separate parish then? Perhaps it was part of a larger place/manor in those days? For instance Dulwich was part of Camberwell parish when the latter was just a village.
by mikej
24 Oct 2007 17:57
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Town Boundaries
Replies: 16
Views: 21392

Dear Falkor If you read the article in Wikipedia on the Domesday Book (for instance), it indicates that settlements WERE covered - yes, you are right about the manors of course, but the other groups that made up the towns and villages were also mentioned in detailed so all could be taxed. That way h...
by mikej
24 Oct 2007 11:20
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Town Boundaries
Replies: 16
Views: 21392

Actually, what I was saying isn't a theory, it is what I studied at uni back in the 70s, and that is exactly how our villages developed. The manorial system dates from much later - after the Norman Conquest I think. If you study the Domesday Book (1086) you will see that over 90% of our current town...
by mikej
16 Aug 2007 20:56
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Town Boundaries
Replies: 16
Views: 21392

Regarding the origin of parish boundaries, if you imagine (say) three villages established back in the dark ages, in a forest (most of England was forested) they would gradually clear the trees to create more farmland and provide wood for buildings. As the population grew, they would have to venture...
by mikej
14 Apr 2007 12:07
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: can I borrow a metal detector for 2 hours?
Replies: 0
Views: 1953

can I borrow a metal detector for 2 hours?

Sorry to post in this way, but I am desperate to locate a metal detector. The hire shops can't get one till next week. I need to locate under my drive the metal cover of my drain inspection chamber. I have a blockage and they can't clear it without this access. I will collect it from you and bring i...
by mikej
28 Feb 2007 18:43
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Six Pillars
Replies: 10
Views: 12699

I see it is now under offer.
by mikej
11 Feb 2007 09:11
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: what's sydenham comprehensive school like?
Replies: 4
Views: 4242

Don't believe a word of what you read in a school's brochure!