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Blackheath Fireworks 2011

Map of Blackheath Roads Closed during Fireworks 2011

Lewisham council have added a page detailing which roads will be closed this year during the fireworks (which I have never seem – thanks Dad!)

Greenwich council are still being mean and refusing to fund the fireworks, as mentioned on 853blog a while back.

The fireworks display is on November 5th at 8pm, and admission is free.

Oh, and for some reason there’s a Blackheath Fireworks twitter account. It doesn’t do much except go “Whoosh” every so often (nothing wrong with that though). I’m guessing it’s not official, judging by the profile page

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What’s going on with The Crown Pub rebuild?

Detail from the Crown Pub Blackheath planning documents sent to Lewisham council
I’ve been a bit lax in not mentioning the redesign of The Crown Pub, as noted in the comments to an unrelated ovine-post:

I always read this excellent blog with great interest, but I can’t believe that one thing has gone without comment on these pages. I went into the village last night for a pint only to find that my regular watering hole The Crown was a building site. It looks very much as if they have ripped out the lovely bay windows (with the two big leather seats) and are replacing them with a flat wall and french doors. How can they be allowed to change the face of such an old and surely protected building so much!?
Yours,
Shocked of Charlton on the 380 bus route

Above is a detail from the planning permission documents at Lewisham Council. Interestingly the original plans for two “jumbobrellas” at the front were withdrawn after 21 complaints were made (I’ve no idea if these two events are related). See the a drawing from the original submission below:

Crown Pub planning drawing from a previous withdrawn request

The Crown Pub Blackheath in its current state

Above is a photo from today, where you can see that the bay windows have been removed to make way for wider openable doors. Which I can’t help feeling might make it feel brighter and more appealing, particularly in the summer.

Neil Rhind in his excellent book Blackheath Village and Environs Volume 1 dates it back to at least 1773 (the first record of a licensee), with a building having been present on the same site during the John Rocque survey of 1741-1746. I had a look at the map here, but couldn’t see it. If anyone with better eyes can, please send me the details! UPDATE: Found it.

Neil points out that it has undergone many renovations during its lifetime, starting out as a building “only three doors wide, with a round-headed door at the entrance”. (page 99).

It’s never been my favourite pub in the area though… Who knows, maybe the improvements will change that… If they re-instate the pole climbing competition of 1892, where a leg of mutton was attached to the top of the pub sign post, I’d definitely come along to watch!

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Lift being installed at Blackheath station

Blackheath Station Conversion
Blackheath Society reports that Network Rail will (finally – see this post in May 2008!) begin work on installing a lift inside Blackheath Station. There will be a temporary footbridge, the ramp to platform 2 will be modified, and other essential work. Lets hope they move the oyster-readers away from the exit at platform 2, avoiding the bottle-neck for season ticket holders at rush hour – really bad design decision!

They say the farmer’s market will continue as normal, but in a slightly different position in the car park.

There’s more on it here.

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Southern Gas works of a lifetime

Gas road works next to Blackheath Station
Seriously beginning to wonder whether Southern Gas are ever going to tidy up the mess they’ve made of the high street. I don’t know whether they’re digging for some incredible new type of gas, but I’ve been dodging their plastic roadwork barriers every day for the last month, and I’m getting bored of it.

So I emailed them at customerservicesouthern@sgn.co.uk 6 days ago find out when they would come and tidy up. Here’s the reply:

“I am pleased you have taken the time to contact us and I can confirm your enquiry is being investigated by the local depot who will be in touch shortly.

I have logged your enquiry onto our system and for any future correspondence, your reference number is CCS-46923.”

Which is great, except that there is no sign of the roadworks shifting! Is it something about utility companies with “Southern” in their title?!

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