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The last wooden escalator

I wandered up to Greenford in North West London this morning to have a look at one of London Underground’s little novelties. Greenford Station, on the Central Line is notable for a couple of reasons – it has the only


St Michael’s Church by Covent Garden

Lurking in a little nook on one of the many streets around the back of Covent Garden you may spy what looks like a church trying to squeeze its way out between more modern buildings. Here you may notice if


The London Library

The London Library is claimed to be the largest lending library in the world, and yesterday I joined some friends in having a tour of the place. It is set in a fairly small looking building in the rarified atmosphere


I am in Germany – apparently

I’m in Germany this morning – or so claims The Internetâ„¢. As it happens, I am sitting inside my usual coffee shop in Canary Wharf and sitting at my usual table (after it was vacated by interlopers) – but the


The Bank of England

Was off to the Bank of England this morning for an open day tour of the building. I have wanted to go inside for simply ages, but the main open day during London Open House Weekend comes attached to a


The original passenger railway

Nearly 20 years before Robert Stephenson’s famous Rocket carried its first railway passengers, there was an earlier train which had for a short while been carrying passengers. It was in July 1908 that a radical locomotive was demonstrated in London


Cart Marking

This morning, I wandered over to the Guildhall in the City of London to watch the annual Cart Marking ceremony, which can trace its roots back a good 500 years. The Cart Marking is carried out by members of The


Museum of London

Many, many years ago I was on an early postal mailing list for the Museum of London – and when they launched their Friends system, I joined up as a founder member. I even got a nice little tie pin


Events update

Starting to organise events again for those who are on my old mailing list (if you are not on that – I’ll be cleaning up the system shortly), so sometime this Summer I now have a day at York planned


Treasures of the English Church

Today I wandered over to Goldsmiths Hall in the City to visit an exhibition which opened only yesterday of Church silver and gold plate and vessels. The exhibition is said to the be the largest collection of religious metal work


Bank of England – open day

(Blog updated to note this event is repeated on 3rd July 2010) The Bank of England is normally open on only one Saturday per year – on Open House Weekend, and the queue to get in has always been awful.


150 Years of Watford Station

This Monday, the 5th May marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the train station at Watford Junction in North London. The station was originally the London terminus of the St Albans Abbey Branch Line, which was opened by


HMS Ocelot

As part of my day down at Chatham Dockyard, which I will write about in a day or two (as I am too tired right now), we went inside a submarine! In a dry dock is HMS Ocelot, an Oberon-class


Getting into private homes to see private “bits of heritage”

Last night, while wandering round a museum of dead animals, glass of wine in hand – conversation turned as it invariably does to the weighty maters of taxation and art. Not totally unexpected as the museum has some artifacts which


A Trip on a 70 Year Old Tube Train

In 1938, a new modern tube train was introduced on London Underground – with the radical change in that it abolished the front locomotive which used to pull tube trains. In 1998, the 1938 stock made its final trip on