Monthly Archives: June 2009

Blackheath Pamphlet

Blackheath Pocket Guide map by G.W.Bacon & Co Ltd 127 Strand LondonBlackheath - The Borough Pocket Guides 1909Found a real treat ın The Bookshop on the Heath. It’s a reprint of an older guide called The Borough Pocket Guide. Page 30 of Neil Rhind’s “Blackheath Village and Environs” history book says that the original was printed in 1909, but this is a later reprint. It must have been reprinted before 1990, as the London telephone number on the inlay slip begins with “01-“.

Anyway, it’s great. I’ve scanned it, and converted it to a PDF file. I’m unsure of the copyright, but will of course delete it if asked to – although it seems that this kind of obscure ephemera is what the internet was made for!

There’s a fold out map in the middle by G.W.Bacon and Co Ltd, 127 Strand, London, and you’ll be happy to see that The Mysterious Pond is still present at this time (see image above, or page 14 of the PDF file).

I’ve only just got the scanner (birthday present!), and the PDF file is all over the place – I can’t work out how to split the pages and number them correctly, but it’s still readable.

Blackheath The Borough Pocket Guide 1909 – 10MB PDF File


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The pub problem

If there is going to be a South East London Tweetup (despite the supposed ban on adding the letters TW to the beginnings of words that shouldn’t have them), then it is going to be in a pub in Blackheath. Great! Easy for buglers, but seems to have left the organiser @troublebrother with a problem. All of the pubs in Blackheath have something missing… As he says:

  1. The railway, has a cider festival at the moment, for drinkers this may to place. However ifs its a nice evening not much space out side
  2. O’Neils . No
  3. Hare & Billet Lovely wood floors but can’t go outside. Not much space in side if Tweetup goes massive
  4. The Crown. Has a terrace, which can get busy in the evening.
  5. The Princess of Wales. Trumps the Crown in terrace stakes, as it potentially has whole heath. Also has shrine to Blackheath Rugby – my troubled mistress.

Personally I’d go for the Hare and Billet every time if the beer was a bit better. You can lurk outside on the heath (they will give you plastics though). It’s quieter and isn’t constantly heaving with people… Unless you really want to go to the secret weapon – The Dacre Arms! Although technically I think it’s just outside Blackheath. I agree with his O’Neil’s argument too.


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What would you spend £10,000 on in Blackheath?

Last year, Blackheath had £10k to spend on useful things in the area.

Not sure how much Boris will be doling out this year (assuming he’s dried himself off), but there is a meeting to decide how to spend the money on Tuesday 9th June 2009 at St Matthew Academy, St Joseph’s Vale off Lee Terrace SE3. 7.30pm. Hopefully the Google map is out of date, otherwise we’ll all be standing in a building site!

More about the assembly on the Lewisham council website.

The Blackheath Society’s page about it.

The I ♥ Blackheath facebook page talking about the assembly.

Godfried Gyechie – a local councillor on the assembly (link seems to have died, and bring your spell checker!).

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Book Sale on Saturday 20th June

UPDATE: Please note the correction of the date below!

Amnesty International’s Blackheath and Greenwich branch are holding a Book Sale on Saturday 20th June 2009 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

The sale takes place at the Church of the Ascen­sion, Dartmouth Row, SE10 8BF.


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It only encourages them…

Blackheath Goes to the Polls

But don’t forget to vote anyway…  I’ve been trying to find out where my nearest polling station is for the election tomorrow (4th June), I’m sure last time it was at the church next to Blackheath Park & Pond road (St Michaels?), but can’t find any mention of it in Lewisham’s list of polling booths.  God knows why it is a PDF file – I’d have thought it was crying out to be a map of some sort… They’re open from 7am-10pm.

Mind you, it’s better than Greenwich Council’s effort.  Clicking on the “polling station online search” link gives the following informative message:

SQL error on statement select * from sequences where sequence_id = ? – Invalid state, the Connection object is closed

Ah, SQL and local councils, a marriage made in heaven.  Anyway, looks like I’ll be heading to Blackheath Library to cast my vote.  In case you can’t decide who to opt for, try the wonderful VoteMatch website.  Surprisingly, my vote came out the same colour as this post.


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Bikes, Kites, tweetups and bollards…

Bits and bobs for you – the Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival now has its own site, instead of having to navigate around the Lewisham Council’s website:

Twitter user @troublebrother is organising a meeting of South East London Twitterers…  The Bugle is a bit shy, but may make an appearance, as Blackheath won the hotly contested location battle over Greenwich!  The date still has yet to be decided, probably last week of June or beginning of July.  I’m sure you’re allowed to go even if you don’t send “stupid little messages™!  The website is You can follow the plans as they are drawn up by searching for #SELTweetup in Twitter.

And finally, the Bugle has lovingly entered this photo of the bus stop’s busted bollard into – thought you’d like to know.
Bus stop's busted bollard next to big budget bazaar


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Interchange opportunities for Cannon Street passengers…

British Rail hat by flickr user Geshmally
I’ve always wondered what it was called… You know the sensation of squeezing through the enormous 1980s style public toilet that is London Bridge train station on a wet weekday morning at around 9am? Apparently it is an interchange opportunity. So now you know.

The Stop the Rail Cuts email elicited a response. Unfortunately, Mike is the Public Affairs manager, which presumably means he’s not actually in charge of the timetables. Unfortunately for me, I don’t actually use the DLR much, so won’t be making use of the additional interchange opportunities generously afforded to me at Greenwich and Lewisham stations.

As he pointed out at the end of his email, Southeastern is a wholly owned subsidiary of Govia Ltd, which is part of The Go-Ahead Group plc and Keolis. Which may sound like the tail-end of an advert for life-insurance, but is actually very instructive.

According to the FT, the Go-Ahead group paid out 81p per share as a dividend in the last 12 months. Which is wonderful if you own shares in the train companies, but not so great if you never get a damn seat on the train that you purchased a ticket for! Nationalise the lot of them… At least when it was BR it had some (albeit grim) sense of public service. Now it’s just a group of French shareholders squeezing each penny out of our sweaty overcrowded little palms.

Photo by flickr user Geshmally.  The full post has the email below. Continue reading


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