Friday, 15 March 2013

Afghan Hound Racing 1958 - British Pathe News video

In November 1958 dog breeder Jean Briggs was given permission to try out her dogs at New Cross Stadium by the Greyhound Association. British Pathe have the video which you can see on their site - Afghan Hound Racing

Afghan Hound Racing - British Pathe newsreel

Friday, 8 March 2013

Five Hundred Years of Deptford and Woolwich Royal Dockyards

Deptford is writes:
The Royal Dockyard, Deptford
from an engraving dated 1793.
Lewisham Local History & Archives collection

"The Naval Dockyards Society are holding their Annual Conference at the National Maritime Museum on Saturday 20 April.  Five Hundred Years of Deptford and Woolwich Royal Dockyards will mark the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Thames yards by Henry VIII and will be opened by Dame Joan Ruddock, MP for Lewisham Deptford ...."

Cost: £40 (£35 students, senior citizens, unemployed)
(includes lunch – rolls, sandwiches, fruit, cake, tea and coffee 1.25-2.25pm)

The King's Dockyard was first built in 1513 and lies under the present Convoys Wharf site in Deptford.

Download the booking form.
Facebook: Naval Dockyards Society
Twitter: @navdocksoc

Five Hundred Years of Deptford and Woolwich Royal Dockyards
Posted from Deptford is

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Folly in Sydenham Hill Woods

fountain houseInteresting post in the Sydenham Society blog about 'Pulhamite' Victorian landscaped gardens in Sydenham

"In 2008 English Heritage published a guide to the work of Pulham & Co, who created artificial garden landscapes including grottos, temples, follies and fountains. The company also developed cement that bore a striking resemblance to natural stone and called it Pulhamite.

Pulham published a prospectus in 1877 that listed all the gardens they had worked on up to that date. Six of the gardens were in Sydenham and two in Forest Hill. The most interesting was described as “Hill Wood, Sydenham” where “Alderman Stone” commissioned two pieces of Pulhamite, one in 1862 and another in 1866 ...."

Read the complete post at ....The Folly in Sydenham Hill Woods
Posted from The Sydenham Society