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  • hilly 9:15 pm on February 12, 2017
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    The future of Enderby House at the Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    Enderby Wharf development

    Enderby Wharf development

    Dr. Mary Mills of the Greenwich Industrial History Society will be talking about the future of Enderby House at the next meeting of the Shooters Hill Local History Group which will be this Thursday, 16th February. As usual it will start  at 8pm and it will be held in Shrewsbury House. Steve e-mailed the details:

    The next meeting of the Shooters Hill Local History Group will be on Thursday 16 February at 8pm at Shrewsbury House.
    The presentation by Mary Mills of the Greenwich Industrial History Society will be about the future of Enderby House on the Greenwich Peninsula.
    Everyone welcome, a visitor fee applies.

    Enderby House is a grade II listed building which has been neglected and fallen into disrepair over the years. It was built in about 1835 by the Enderby family who established a ropewalk and a factory for making sales on the Enderby Wharf site around the house.  In the 1850s a company called Glass, Elliot & Co took over the site and it was where they jointly made the first transatlantic telegraph cable as well as many other early telegraph cables. Later they were absorbed into the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company (Telcon) which manufactured a second transatlantic telegraph cable at Enderby’s Wharf. This was successfully laid by the SS Great Eastern. Submarine cables were made by a succession of companies at Enderby’s Wharf up until 1975.

    The area has since been redeveloped and the river front is now crowded with blocks of flats, with more being built. It is also the proposed site of a controversial cruise liner terminal: there is concern about the air pollution created by docked liners which will have to generate their own electricity using their diesel-powered engines because no shore-based generating capacity is planned. Enderby House is still standing, sandwiched between blocks of flats and the cruise liner terminal, but its future is  not entirely clear. The developers say they “are proud to be refurbishing the building into a Gastro pub and cultural hub for Greenwich”, but a group of local people have formed the Enderby Group to “secure the future of Enderby House and the cable loading equipment on the Alcatel-Lucent jetty as a permanent centre for telling the story of the sub-sea cable industry on this site, its key role in world-wide communications”. They have their own ideas about what should happen to the house and its surroundings to ensure that the area’s historical importance to modern telecommunications is not lost.

    Thursday’s speaker is the secretary of the Enderby Group, so it should be a fascinating talk covering the history of Enderby House, and much more.

     

    Appendix 3 of the Enderby Group Pender Plaza Proposal: Barratt Model of Enderby House

    Appendix 3 of the Enderby Group Pender Plaza Proposal: Barratt Model of Enderby House

     

     
  • hilly 3:21 pm on November 28, 2016
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    Film Night at the Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    Memorial in Woolwich Cemetery to those killed in the Princess Alice disaster

    Memorial in Woolwich Cemetery to those killed in the Princess Alice disaster

    Shooters Hill Local History Group will be meeting on Thursday, 1st December at Shrewsbury House starting at 8.00pm. Steve wrote to me with the details:

    The Shooters Hill Camcorder Club are putting together a local history film night for the Shooters Hill Local History Group on Thursday 1 December at 8pm at Shrewsbury House.
    Short films will include ‘After the Storm’ about the 1987 storms; ‘Down to Earth’ featuring the tunnels under Greenwich Park and ‘The Princess Alice Disaster’ telling the story of the sinking of the passenger paddle steamer.
    Everyone welcome.
    A visitor fee applies.

    Sounds like a really interesting meeting!
    There’s an imposing memorial to those who died in the sinking of the paddle steamer Princess Alice near Woolwich in 1878. The inscription on the memorial tells the story of what happened:

    The Saloon Steamer
    “Princess Alice,”
    Returning from a pleasure excursion
    Was wrecked off Tripcock Point
    By collision with
    The steam collier “Bywell Castle,”
    On the night of
    September 3rd 1878.
    It was computed that
    Seven Hundred
    Men women and children
    Were on board,
    Of these about 550 were drowned
    One hundred and twenty were buried near this place.
    To the memory
    Of those who perished
    This cross
    Was erected
    By a
    National sixpenny subscription
    To which
    More than 23000 person contributed.

    Inscription on memorial to those who died in The Princess Alice Disaster
    Inscription on memorial to those who died in The Princess Alice DisasterInscription on memorial to those who died in The Princess Alice Disaster
     
  • hilly 5:47 pm on October 18, 2016
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    The WElling WILL REMEMBER THEM project at Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    The Welling War Memorial in its current position at St John the Evangelist Church

    The Welling War Memorial in its current position at St John the Evangelist Church

    Shooters Hill Local History Group‘s next meeting is on Thursday, 20th October at Shrewsbury House starting at 8.00pm. Steve wrote to me with the details:

    A presentation is being given by a member of the East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust to the SHLHG on Thursday 20 October at Shrewsbury House at 8pm. A visitor fee applies.
    The presentation is about the WElling WILL REMEMBER THEM community project which received Heritage Lottery funding.
    The project researched those men from the district who served and died in the First World War. See also http://www.ewt.org.uk

    The East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust was established following the First World War to raise funds to construct a Memorial Hall  dedicated to the men from the local district who fell in the war. The hall is no longer in existence and the Trust re-registered as a grant giving charity in 1995. Since October 1995 the Trust has awarded grants of over £600,000 to the community, and is probably now the largest source of community funding in East Wickham and Welling.

    The WElling WILL REMEMBER THEM project was set up in 2013 to research and tell the stories of the local men from East Wickham and Welling who fought in the First World War.  Local people were recruited as Research Volunteers to uncover the stories of the 105 men who are listed on their war memorial and to find out about other men from the local area who fought in the Great War.  They were assisted by Year 5 and Year 6 children at Foster’s School who researched some of the men who attended their school.

    Sounds like another interesting meeting at the Shooters Hill Local History Group.

    The Welling War Memorial in its current position at St John the Evangelist Church

    The Welling War Memorial in its current position at St John the Evangelist Church

     
  • hilly 5:07 pm on January 19, 2016
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    Film Night at Shooters Hill Local History Group 

    Entrance to Beresford Square Market

    Entrance to Beresford Square Market

    Shooters Hill Local History Group‘s next meeting at Shrewsbury House this Thursday, 21st January at 8.00pm is a film show featuring three locally-made local history films. Steve wrote asking me to post a reminder:

    It would be appreciated if you could provide a brief update about Thursday’s film show featuring:
    ‘The Catherine Wheel Dig’ – the archaeological search by members of the Shooters Hill Local History Group and friends for the “Catherine Wheel” ale house at the crest of Shooters Hill, which predated the “Bull” as a stop for stage coaches on the road to Dover.
    ‘This Girl went to Market’ – a young lady researches the history of Beresford Square market and finds her future (real life) husband.
    ‘The Plumstead Make Merry’ – the preparation for this popular local festival and the many aspects of how people enjoyed themselves at the two day event on Plumstead Common.

    All are welcome. There’s a small visitor fee to cover the cost of the room.

     
  • hilly 6:36 pm on December 23, 2015
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    Request to de-list Elmhurst Cottage turned down 

    Elmhurst Cottage

    Elmhurst Cottage

    I was very pleased to hear that the council has decided to reject the request to remove Elmhurst Cottage in Shrewsbury Lane from their Locally Listed Buildings list, retaining for it the protections given to buildings on the list.

    The e-mail with the news came from Principal Conservation Officer Rebecca Duncan, and said:

    Please find below details of the decision taken on 15/12/15 by Councillor Thorpe, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, which comes into force today 22/12/15.
    Decision:
    ·         Approved: the retention of Elmhurst Cottage on the Royal Borough’s List of Buildings of Local Architectural or Historic Interest (known as the ‘Local List’).
    ·         Agreed: the amendment of the List entry for Elmhurst Cottage to accurately describe the building’s architectural interest, historic interest and environmental significance.

    Full details of the decision, including an interesting report, can be found on the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s web site. The new listing for Elmhurst Cottage gives much more detail about the cottage’s importance:

    A small, single storey weather-boarded cottage, with slate roof and sash windows.  Decorative trellis work to sides of windows and projecting porch.  Set back from the road at an angle, with extensive front and rear gardens.  The building and its site is of historic interest since it has historic associations with the Lidgbirds and the Dallins, significant and well-known landowning families who shaped Shooters Hill.  The estate containing the cottage can be traced from the Lidgbirds in 1851 to the trustees of Mary Dallin in 1901.  The building is of architectural interest since it is a rare example of a small, weather-boarded Kentish dwelling, the last-surviving one of its type in the area.  Built between 1866 and 1894, it is one of the oldest buildings on Shrewsbury Lane and survives the two large houses in the locality, Haddon Lodge and the original Shrewsbury House.  The building is of environmental significance since, with its unusual and attractive open setting, it is a time-honoured and locally valued feature which contributes to the character of Shrewsbury Lane and also provides a valuable wildlife haven for lizards, butterflies, bats and birds.

    Twentyseven of us responded to the consultation about Elmhurst, of whom 25 were against de-listing the cottage and 2 in favour.

    I suspect we haven’t heard the last of attempts to redevelop the land that the cottage occupies.

     

     
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