Blog Archives

A nice bit of blue

I haven’t had much time to blog lately. The past few months have been swallowed up by the day job and house-hunting. But I did find time last Saturday to accept the kind invitation of the People forĀ Portland Road/South Norwood Arts Festival, who asked me to unveil a blue plaque commemorating the site of the old Norwood (‘Jolly Sailor’) atmospheric railway pumping station.

Jolly Sailor pumping stationThis was one of three such pumping stations built to operate the air-powered railway line that briefly ran from Forest Hill (later New Cross) to West Croydon from 1845 to 1847. It was a key ancestor to the pneumatic railways later trialled by Thomas Webster Rammell, which form the subject of my novel Strange Air. Having spent so long researching the history of the air-powered railways for that book – and indeed having set some of my opening chapters on the Croydon line – it was a great privilege to reveal the plaque. All being well, it will provide a long-lasting reminder of the inspiring railway that once ran through the heart of what feels likeĀ a newly-invigorated South London suburb.

Advertisements
Dulwich Books of West Dulwich - 6 Croxted Road, SE21 8SW - 020 8670 1920

Winner Best Independent Bookshop UK & Ireland 2014

Transpontine

NOVELIST

Lonely Shopping

Shopping and socialising in Croydon in the '70s and '80s

Palace Stories

The Crystal Palace Podcast

THE CRYSTAL TRIANGLE

A LONDON VILLAGE WITH SIMILAR POWERS TO THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE. ALSO KNOWN AS SE19

Self-publishing adventures

practical tips from Karen Inglis

Campbell Edinborough

theatre-maker, writer, teacher

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

She turns coffee into books so she can afford to buy more coffee. And more books.

colleen e. kennedy

shakespeare & smells

1 Story A Week

Short stories to make you laugh or think. The world needs more of both.

shakespeareauthorshiproundtable

The play's the thing... but not the only thing.

IanVisits

NOVELIST

CheyneyK

NOVELIST

Cheyney Kent

Working in singing