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Two plaques, two lunar craters

James Clark Ross Blue Plaque, Blackheath

It seems that there is a second crater on the moon named after a Blackheath resident. When I went searching for the pagoda a couple of days ago, I spotted another blue plaque (you’ll remember the first blue plaque posting).

There is a second up on the heath, belonging to James Clark Ross. Ross was an Arctic explorer, who is remembered for discovering Magnetic North, and a Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean.

So now you can look up at the moon, and think of two craters named after Blackheath residents. Or maybe in a few years time, the Loonies will look down at Earth from their tunnels under Ross and Eddington Craters, and think of their namesakes.

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Blue Plaques, Saucy Postcards, and Lunar Craters in Blackheath

Blue Plaques – there seem to be quite a few. In Bennett Park alone there are three. Having seen them a few times, I thought I’d look them up. If you know of others, please contact the bugle!

The most interesting one is in the big building at the end of the road – called The Blackheath Art Club (even though the Blackheath Expensively Renovated Flats might be a better title). It was the site of the GPO Film Unit, where the film Night Mail was made:

Bearing in mind this was made in 1936, and was a big success, it must have been an exciting place to work. There is more about the GPO film unit here.

Blackheath's Donald McGill Blue Plaque

Then there is Donald McGill down at the other end. According to Wikipedia, he was the best known illustrator of saucy seaside postcards… And was fined by the courts under the 1857 obscene publications act, because of his designs in 1954.

Blackheath\'s Arthur Eddington Blue PlaqueFinally there is another one almost opposite McGill, belonging to Arthur Eddington.

Eddington was a mathematician and astronomer. He was the first English-speaking astronomer to properly understand Einstein’s theory of Relativity, was a Quaker, a conscientious objector, and is about to be portrayed by Doctor Who (alright, David Tennant) in a BBC Drama called Einstein and Eddington, alongside Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

And next time you look up at the moon, have a look for Eddington Crater.

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