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Blackheath Society Photos

Loads of great stuff here.
Weirdly, you’re asked for a login name and email address before you enter the site, but no password is ever required.
* Fairground from 1904 to the 1990s is interesting.
* Talk by Neil Rhind about the Heath.
* Windmills and Caverns. Wish we still had both..

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The Walkers Guide to the Heath

Neil Rhind (author of many books about Blackheath) writes:

I am hoping that the Blackheath Buglers can help the Blackheath Society on a small point of location. The Society is moving close (November) to the publication of a Walkers’ Guide to the Heath – three long walks, all plotted out drawing the ramblers attention to features, facts and history. There is also a timeline from the Romans to the present day. This is all being compiled by the undersigned and Dr Roger Marshall, a member of the Blackheath Society committee. as part of the Digital scheme to make the Society’s collection of about 15,000 images available on a web site with full public access.

One feature noted is a concrete “horse trough” at the south end of Montpelier Row. No animals drink there but it is used for floral displays. We believe that it was once elsewhere in the Village. Can anyone tell us where?

Free copy of the Blackheath walkers’ guide to the first person to get it right.

Their email address is:
office@blackheath.org

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Big Smoke article on Blackheath Society

Interesting article on 75 years of the Blackheath Society here:
Blackheath Society reaches 75 years

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Pop Festival – the anti NIMBY nimby leaflet

Leaflet from the Blackheath Society - Two Day Pop Festival on Blackheath
Here’s the leaflet from the Blackheath Society about the proposed pop festival on the heath. I didn’t get one – maybe they were only distributed along the edges of the heath?

Text shown below – not because I necessarily agree with the sentiment!

TWO DAY POP FESTIVAL ON BLACKHEATH
SEPTEMBER 2011
A MESSAGE FROM THE BLACKHEATH SOCIETY

Are you aware that Lewisham Council has granted a licence for a company called NIMBY Events to put on a major Pop Festival on the Heath? It will be in the same location as the 2009 Climate Camp, but will occupy much more of the Heath. It has been fixed for 10/11th September 2011.

  • Major features [aside from loud music] include:
  • A start at midday each day and finish at 11.00 pm (10.30 pm on Sunday)
  • An audience of up to 25,000 on each day
  • Fully licensed bars until 30 minutes before the finish
  • Road closures
  • Licence granted in perpetuity

The Blackheath Society is concerned that the grant of this licence, with minimal conditions, will result in a major nuisance to local residents during the event as well as crime and disorder when the festival goers leave.

The Society is not against events on the Heath in principle, but expects them to be carefully planned and regulated. In this case, very little detail has been provided. If NIMBY is allowed to go ahead in this way, it will set a dangerous precedent.

We are therefore appealing the decision to the Magistrates Court in early March. This is a costly exercise, and we are looking for support beyond our existing membership.

lf you share our concern, and would like to support us or would like more information or give us your views – you can contact the Society on 020 8297 1937 (leave a message out of hours) or blackheath.soc@lineone.net Further details are also on our website: www.blackheath.org

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Boundary markers

Lewisham Boundary stone in Blackheath
Every time I wander past this little stone, it makes me smile. I like milestones (although, I believe that this is technically a boundary marker, not a milestone). There’s something very Blackheath about it, especially the fact that upon closer inspection, it is not actually from the 1800s, but is an impostor! A replacement furnished by the Blackheath Society, to remind the locals where Lewisham ends and Blackheath begins:

1903

10ft (NORTH) FROM
THIS POINT IS THE
BOUNDARY OF THE
BORO OF LEWISHAM

REPLACED BY THE
BLACKHEATH SOCIETY
1991

I guess the boundary must have moved at some point, as I live south of the marker, but my council tax is paid to Greenwich… It’s all very confusing – I supposed a little string of boundary markers would make it more obvious, but possibly hold up the traffic somewhat…

Anyway, stone masonry is a wonderful thing, and I was doing a little research about typefaces used by masons, when I spotted this explanation of Serif fonts:

Serifs are the extended corners at the ends of a letter and like all good design, they have evolved naturally. They originated in the stone-carved letters of the Ancient Romans. Stone masons discovered that it was technically easier to finish chiseling the ends of a letter in a slow curve. Not only did serifs look more elegant but they were also very practical as they formed a natural channel for water or rain to flow away as it cleaned dust from the corners.

And then, the internet being the internet, was inevitably guided towards something really wacky… It seems that Eric Gill, creator of one of the most used modern typefaces, had rather a shocking life… Nothing to do with Blackheath, except to say that my journey from here to there wouldn’t have happened without the little stone opposite Barclay’s bank.

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First Blackheath Scientific Society lecture tomorrow

The Cutty Sark from Wikipedia

Don’t forget “The Blackheath Scientific Society” are holding the first of their 2009 lectures tomorrow, 7.45pm, at Mycenae House.  The first one is about science and Aviation Terrorism.

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Blackheath Society Newsletter

The Blackheath Society have just released their latest newsletter.  It is always well worth a read to find out what is going on around the village, particularly with regards to town planning.  Highlights include Momo Franks (unlikely to make a return, it seems), plans for a pedestrianised square near the Library, and trouble with the proposed lift for disabled people at the station.

There’s probably a paper copy in the library, and I imagine that they’ll publish it online here very soon.

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The Blackheath Scientific Society

The Cutty Sark from Wikipedia

Here’s a nice thing I hadn’t spotted before… In the spirit of all the other societies that seem to exist around this area, I also discovered “The Blackheath Scientific Society“.  They started in 1857, hold regular lectures, most of which are open to the public, and meet in Mycenae House, here (which apparently used to be a convent).  Their next lectures are in January – something to look forward to in the post-new-year gloom, and range across a wide range of scientific subjects, from Aviation Terrorism, to Glaucoma, and a talk about the restoration of the Cutty Sark.  I’ll post a reminder when the next one is coming up.

It reminded me of this brilliant website, full of free lectures in London, which sadly isn’t updated any more, due to the author passing away.  I used to frequently go to these (back when I had days off in the middle of the week!), it’s such a shame this amazing site isn’t updated any more.

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Guerrilla Gardening at the Station

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I’m sure they wouldn’t think of themselves as guerrillas, but volunteers from The Blackheath Society seemed to be out in force this morning, clearing the undergrowth next to the London-bound platform at Blackheath station. It looks like an ideal spot for some guerrilla gardening, but I wonder what they intend to do with the land there?

As The Phantom has mentioned, railway sidings would be a great option for some allotments, and looking up from the station towards Hogwarts, the area is obviously lush and cultivatable… Perhaps several different beds for different requirements… Some nice organic vegetables for people who are feeling the squeeze, and can’t stomach the prices of the farmers market… A little section further on for the cultivation of some tobacco (for the Blackheath tramp, obviously)… And perhaps, right at the end, a shadier section where substances more usually associated with the Chelsea Physic Garden could be grown, dried, and then gently enjoyed up on the heath, whilst watching the sunset… Although, the Society probably wouldn’t go for that, I guess…

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