Nice find over on British Army Lineages – a description of the army camping on Blackheath from 1697:
Partial transcription from my squinting at the text (shout if you see mistakes, or manage to transcribe the rest!):
A description of the camp on Blackheath which begun on Thursday the 1st of July 1697.
On Tuesday the 1st day of July 1697, the 7 Regiments of Foot marcht to Black-heath in the County of Ken, about 6 Mile from London’ in order to Encamped, and having the Ground set out for the setting up their Tents’ and on Thursday and Friday the 1st and 2d Days of July, the 7 Regiments of Foot came all into the Camp, then the Camp was full, which consisteth of 7 Regiments. Lieutenant Colonel Withers Brigadier for this Camp, acteth as chief. The distance of each Regiment as they are Encamped on the Heath is 24 Paces; and between the Regiments they are xx Paces. The distance of the Foot Companies one from another, is about 4 Paces in the Front, and 12 Tents in File, two Foot between every Tent; in length 813 Paces from thence to the Brigadiers Tent.
This photo of an estate agency in Blackheath is brilliant. And how often do you get to say that?
The new Foxtons, which is replacing the army centre, (see here and here previously), will have a hard time living up to that… Especially given that 135 people didn’t think it was appropriate to build another bloody estate agents in Blackheath – from the council’s planning page:
Incidentally, I emailed the council asking them why they approved it, given that it was 135 against and 1 in facour. They replied, informing me that they had approved it. So I asked why again. Still waiting for a definitive answer. Planning laws seems so opaque in this country.
Clocks photo by Garry Knight on Flickr.
Foxtons planning to invade Blackheath – Abbie commented:
Interesting anonymous note regarding the recently closed down Army Recruitment Office just dropped through my door reading:
Foxtons Estate Agents have brought the old Army Recruitment Office at 9 Lee Road, SE3 in the Village & have very quietly applied for change of usage.
1. Change of usage is a virtually impossible task for anyone apart from foxtons for some reason. By granting this the council will be setting a dangerous precedent which could lead to the demise of your already beleaguered local shops.
2. Foxtons would require parking permits for a very substantial number of cars for the station car park which is already overloaded. Should this happen parking in the village will become virtually impossible. This will be further aggravated by the planned closure for redevelopment of the Blackheath Grove car park.
If this is of concern to you you MUST write or email by Wednesday 12th May at the latest to:
48 Woolwich New Road
020 8854 8888
Quote Ref no: 10/0847
Sure enough, if you search around on the Greenwich Council’s website, here is Foxton’s request.
This seems like a really unnecessary addition to the high street.
Saw this leaflet being handed out at Blackheath station last week. The only time I’ve ever seen people sitting inside that army recruitment office was once – a mother and what looked like her 17 year old son were sitting on the chairs looking out onto the high street… I couldn’t help wondering whether she was signing him up to go and get shot at in Iraq or Afghanistan.