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.
As suspected, the climate camp clean up was pretty much perfect.
As published on Indymedia, here’s a photo during the camp:
And here’s the same location afterwards:
Photos by Indymedia, who I think operate a copyleft image policy.
… or not. All in all, Blackheath seemed to do pretty well out of the Climate Camp. The people in Provender looked as though all their Christmases had come at once (well, they said they’d been busy). The Hare and Billet looked busier than I’d seen it for a long while, despite the worsening choice of beer (all seems to taste like vinegar these days), and the miserable sign on the loos “toilets are for customers only”.
What I’d really like to know is- has anyone taken any before & after shots of the Heath? I reckon the protesers will have cleaned up pretty well after themselves, save for the odd strands of hay and a couple of fire-pits. It would be nice to compare the two photos.
Personally, I went to some great workshops, saw more people on my patch of the interweb than ever before, and now have a strong desire to go and build a wind turbine. Maybe they should hold it in Blackheath every year, like a kind of Blackheath Burning Man.
Photo by Flickr user Eddie C
This is a film that should be made.
Missing You Already, a former Blackheathen has come up with an epic tale of hippies and wedding confusion. I’d go and watch it. Bet it would contain more Blackheath (and more laughs) than The Boat That Rocked.
Owen has some very interesting suggestions somewhere between the camp and the funfair. And apparently the Climate Camp is a Temporary Autonomous Zone. Last time he came to Blackheath it was considerably snowier.
I attended David Fleming’s talk at the Climate Camp Is economics without growth possible?. The place was packed. It was really interesting to hear someone playing with big ideas, and asking difficult questions.
I’m the first to admit that I was out of my depth at this talk. The Wind Turbines talk was much more understandable to me. Nonetheless, here are my notes:
Oh no, it’s ok, don’t panic Mayor Steve… They’re having a tidy up:
Climate campers clean up the Commons