Railway Bridge Restrictions in the 1970s - Can anybody help?

March 31, 2016  •  1 Comment

Although I now live in rural Belgium, my first 30 years were spent living between Catford and Lee and I knew Blackheath, both village and heath itself, very well. I fell in the pond as a lad and my father bought our first TV from a shop in the village so that we could watch the Coronation.

I have one particular query that I wonder whether any of your members may be able to answer.

Some time in the mid-1970s, a cracked girder was discovered in the railway bridge at Blackheath Station. Initially a 2 ton weight restriction (allowing cars to pass) was imposed but because that was ignored the road was quickly closed to all vehicular traffic, I think for a period of several weeks.
 

Bus 75 from Croydon and Catford was diverted to terminate at Lewisham (instead of going to the Royal Standard and Woolwich) via the route that buses 54, 89, 108, 108B and 192 usually served and they were, in turn, diverted to run between the village and Lewisham via Hare and Billet Road.

What I am trying to find out was the exact (or near enough exact dates) that this happened. I think that it was in 1974 or 1975 as I moved away from the area to live in Brighton in early 1976. Rather oddly, London Transport’s official archives appear to be silent on the subject, probably because it happened virtually without notice - I still remember my surprise at seeing one morning an eastbound 75 with LEWISHAM on the front instead of WOOLWICH Free Ferry - and I have been unable to get anything useful from local newspaper archives at this distance.

David Woodcock

Champlon, Belgium


Blackheath Village Images go online!

March 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

000472 Royal Parade000472 Royal ParadeRoyal Parade with Drinking Fountain c1905, with Montpelier Row in the background.

 

Village Images Go Online!

The Blackheath Society is about to release 1200 images of Blackheath Village over the next few weeks. We will start with 250 images of Royal Parade and Montpelier Vale on Friday, the 25th March and follow this with images of Tranquil Vale the following week.

We will then release new images of the village each Friday until Friday 29th April.

This is a very exciting development and represents the culmination of many months of hard work by the scanning team - Helen Doris, Sue Shields, Jo Swadkin and Hilary Weedon who can now take a well earned rest - for a a time at least!

Thanks of course, to Neil Rhind, without whom the archive would not exist.

Well done to all the team and many thanks for your support in difficult, and sometimes uncertain, times.


Blackheatharchive.org website officially launched

September 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This evening will see the official launch of the www.blackheatharchive.org website. Many thanks to all the volunteers at the Blackheath Society and to the Heritage Lottery Fund who have made this possible.


New additions to the archive

July 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We are pleased to say that we have 2 recent additions to the Blackheath Archive. They have kindly been given to us by Diana Rimel and Ted Goalen to whom we extend our thanks.


The Blackheath Archive

June 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome to the Blackheath Society Digital Archive! We will keep you up to date with our progress in digitising the archive here.

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