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The Red House at Bexleyheath

21 pics. The Red House is in a continuous state of renovation and hence a little sparse inside.  Nevertheless, it is intriguing, full of history and surrounded by gardens that are both beautiful and tranquil.  The house was designed by Phillip Web for his friend William Morris.  Both were very creative and have a long history of respect from their peers.  There is a lot more of the history at the end of this post and here is the website ⇒ with entry fees.

Nearby is the sumptuous Danson House ⇐ and it is not very far to the more ancient Hall Place ⇐.

In Walthamstow (North London) there is the free William Morris Gallery ⇐ which is well worth a look.

Meanwhile :-

The Red House Croquet Lawn with the equipment for those who know how to play.






The murals are perhaps not as vibrant as they appear here, but this is what the camera saw and hasn’t been enhanced.  I think it is perhaps because of the quite extraordinary light from the windows.









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Hollyhocks

Of course the last say ⇐ must be given to the flowers who reliably appear year after year.


Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Slightly to the east of central London there is the the high rise complex of Canary Wharf.  Amongst the tall buildings there is the new roof garden of Cross Rail Place beside West India Quays station on the Docklands Light Railway.   The garden is only a short distance from the Museum of London Docklands⇐ (not to be confused with the larger Museum of London ⇐).

The garden is quite new and doesn’t have a lot of colour yet but is a pleasant place for a short stroll or just quietly sit.






There are two piano’s for anybodies use.

A view of the rood garden on top of an area of shoperies and eateries as seen from West India Quays station.  The building in the distance isn’t really leaning to one side, it’s just a peculiar perspective.  🙂


Mudchute London City Farm

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Mudchute London City Farm ⇒.  “Set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, the Mudchute is a community charity, with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities. We are open every day, free of charge”.  There are also miniature ponies, goats, lamas, alpacas, donkeys, ducks, geese, sheep, a pets corner, a small aviary, a nature trail, a shop/café and a restored WWII ack-ack gun.

The area originally acquired its name from being a dumping ground for the mud/silt being dredged from the Millwall Docks during the 1800’s.  History ⇒.

I started from the Pier Street entrance/exit and only had enough time to photograph some of it.

The farm is very child friendly.  Whilst there I saw some little ones, with spades taller than themselves, cheerfully moving earth from one place to another.

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The top of the fence is open but it keeps out the foxes and the farm’s cat who, of course, thinks he owns the place.

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The farm is just a little south of the greatly regenerated London Docklands.

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“Well hello, good evening and welcome”

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Some breeds of ewes have horns.  I think that these are a mix of Jacob sheep and White Face Woodland sheep.

At first they were very interested in visitors, but it didn’t last long.  Loss of interest was quickly followed by a lot of very loud baaing.  I finally realised that nibbles, bought from the shop, were expected .

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“Nibbles ?”

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“Baaaa.  This one ain’t got no nibbles,  Baaa”.   “Baaa, you tell ‘im Agnes”.  “Yeaaah baaa, can’t come around ‘ere with no nibbles, the cheek of it, baaa”.

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“I’ve had my nibbles and I’ve got a rhythm stick”

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Fearing the firing squad, I departed.

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These are either llamas or alpacas. I’ll avoid the obvious joke of not wanting to stick my neck out on that.

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“Just having lunch at the moment”.

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“Oh yummy the gourmet table”.

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“Carrot, what carrot !”.

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From the other side of the farm looking south.  There is an exit/entrance near here to Mudchute Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station.

I hope enjoyed your visit.

In East London there is also Hackney City Farm ⇒ and Spitalfields City Farm ⇒.


Spring 2017 with Squirrels and Flowers and Song

And here at the Squirrel Olympics in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Bobtail makes his final slalom run of the day.  He’s going well and it looks like it’s going to be a record.

And the crowd are going wild. They’ve never seen anything like this and it’s absolute bedlam here.


The Crocuses are cussing


They’ve lost control and applauding like crazy.

And the stamens are out of their seats.

The Windflowers are all of a flutter.

The Poppy Anemones are popping

All the other Anemones are all anemoning

Will this madness never end.

And the umpire has had enough and run up a tree.  😀 

The band is restoring some calm with some cool music and encouragement to go for a walk with a little swing in your step.

.. or spring.

More Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park ⇐ (with a fox).

More Brighten the Day Gallery⇐.


Museum of the Order of St John

The Order of St John (St John’s Ambulance Brigade) was founded in 1099 and is an international organisation.  The museum is on St John’s Lane which is off Clerkenwell Road.  That part which is frequently open, is not very big but packed with educational placards and video. 

On a tour day there is additional access to upstairs rooms and artifacts, see the website ⇒.  Further down this page there is a virtual tour of the upstairs rooms and a video about the Order of St Johns and St John’s Ambulance Brigade  .







The short history is concise and well presented.

Please see the website ⇒ for tour days and use the contact details to determine if photography is allowed on tours.

There is no sound with the virtual tour.



Museum of London Docklands

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14 pics. The Museum of London Docklands ⇒ is in the Docklands region (nearest rail being West India Quay on the Docklands Light Railway) and is all about the history of the Docklands as distinct from the more extensive history of London at the Museum of London ⇐ at 150 London Wall. 

The Museum of London Docklands is full of historical information, is free to enter and non-commercial photography is allowed.

There is a lift that goes to the top floor, which is a good place to start.  I do prefer stairs that go down.

The Sailors Walk

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More Exhibits

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In Commemoration of the Great Strike Sept 1889 ⇒.

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Tobacco Weighing Station

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The First Bantamweight Lonsdale Belt

For a closer look of the history please click on the image and then again to enlarge.

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Steel Consul Shelter

There is an extensive area covering the war years during which the docks were a prime target..

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Incendiary Attack by William Ware 1940

London Docklands Now

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For more of the Past That Made the Present there is Wheels on Fire ⇐, a timeline at the Science Museum ⇐ and the History of Navigation ⇐.


The Queen’s House Interior at Greenwich

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The Great Hall Floor

14 pictures. The house has been refurbished and is free to visit.  It can be found adjacent to the National Maritime Museum⇐ in Wonderful Greenwich ⇐.  Check the Queen’s House opening times ⇒.  Non-commercial photography is allowed now (since early 2016). .

The house, formerly known as Queen Anne’s house, was built between 1616 and 1635 for Queen Anne (of Denmark) wife of James I of England.  Unfortunately Queen Anne died in 1619 and the house lay abandoned until work restarted in 1629 for Charles I’s consort, Henrietta Maria. 

The Queens House is now full of artwork including works by William Hodges, George Stubbs, Hans Holbein, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, the Tulip Staircase by Inigo Jones and one of the famous Elizabeth I Armada portraits.

The architect was Inigo Jones and the style is said to have influenced the architecture of the USA White House.

The Architecture

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The Great Hall Ceiling

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The Tulip Spiral Staircase by Inigo Jones at the Queen’s House in Greenwich

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The Artwork

This is just a small sample.

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One of the three famous Elizabeth I Armada portraits that still exist.  This one cost £1.5 million.  There is another at Woburn Abbey and another at the National Portrait Gallery ⇐  (although I did not include the Armada Portrait) .

The Armada Portraits depict the destruction of the Spanish Armada whilst attempting to invade England.  The armada was destroyed mostly by the British weather.  Like many portraits of Elizabeth there are several symbols included.  For instance the pearls indicate purity, the bow indicates virginity and her right hand over the America’s indicate her advancing dominion and colonisation.

Other portraits of Elizabeth I can be found at Hatfield House ⇐ and show an even more advanced use of symbolism.

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The Thames and Greenwich Hospital by Moonlight by Henry Pether

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Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walt founded the state of Virginia in the Americas (after Elizabeth I the virgin Queen) and brought potatoes and tobacco to Europe.

This is why the Beatles sang in “I’m so Tired”, in reference to tobacco, ” And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid git”. 

He  secretly married a Gentlewoman of the Queen’s Privy Chamber  (Elizabeth “Bess” Throckmorton) which resulted in he and his wife being imprisoned for several months.  Years later, he was executed for refusing to accept James I as Queen Elizabeth’s successor.  

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A Ships Figurehead

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The Young Queen Victoria

Thanks for your visit and I hope that you found that interesting.

As an added note, the house does have a reputation for being haunted ⇐.  To confess, it was probably me having a sick day.  To be more serious, I found it a very calm place and caused no concern at all.  Even the people, who took the photograph that started the rumour, refused to believe it was ghostly. 

 


Canterbury Cathedral

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All About Canterbury  ⇐

17 Pics.  Canterbury Cathedral ⇒ was founded in 597 by Augustine and enlarged during the 11th and 12th centuries.  The cathedral became notable when archbishop Thomas Becket ⇒ was murdered there by followers of Henry II.  Becket was later cannonised as a martyr and Canterbury became a place of pilgrimage.

Canterbury became yet more famous when Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales ⇒ in 1386.

The cathedral is not so greatly ornate as St Paul’s Cathedral ⇐ but it is an extraordinary sight.  There is a charge for entry so please see the website ⇒.

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The gate to the cathedral precincts.

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Cathedral Entrance

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The entrance leads into the Nave and one is struck by the huge size and antiquity of the cathedral.  The ability to construct on this scale without the assistance of modern technology is awe inspiring.

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Looking back from the far end of the Nave.

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Continuing further there is the entrance to the Quire and Trinity Chapel.

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Some of the stained glass along the way.

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The Quire and Trinity Chapel.

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The tomb of Archbishop Chichelle.  There are many tombs in the cathedral including Henry IV and Edward the Black Prince. Archbishop Chicelle is the most ornate.  Thomas Becket was buried beneath Trinity Chapel but his bones were destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII .

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It seems that graffiti is nothing new, although it is always worth taking a close look in old churches and buildings for Witch Marks ⇒, which are not quite as they sound.

AND don’t miss out on the Cloisters with their extraordinary ceilings (I did).  They are at the back of the cathedral.  Here are some Google pictures ⇒  .

Thanks for visiting Freed From Time and there are a lot venues at About Canterbury ⇐.


Crossness Pumping Station

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18 pics.  The Crossness Pumping Station ⇒ , just east of London, together with 82 miles of brick intercepting sewers, 450 miles of main sewers and 13,000 miles of local sewers were connected and officially opened in 1865.  Visiting ⇒ sometimes steaming but not always open so please check the link.

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This was to solve :-

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The Great Stink

At that time they believed that a miasma (odour) was the cause of diseases, such as cholera which killed thousands.  Indeed a city could not grow or prosper without solving the problem.  The solution, of a well designed sewage system, was a major part of resolving the actual cause of such diseases, infected water.  

Another important contribution was a clean water supply system.  An example of this and the great engines can be found at the London Water and Steam Museum ⇐.

The London sewage system was designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette who also designed many other Victorian London buildings and mustaches. 🙂

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The pumping station continued in use until the 1950’s, abandoned until 2003 when one of the four engines and most of the ornate ironwork were restored.

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Visitors get hard hats.

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Each engine was of the triple expansion type where; a high pressure steam cylinder (the lower here) received high pressure steam (lots of pounds per square inch) over a small number of square inches, an intermediate pressure cylinder received lower pressure exhaust from the high pressure cylinder over more square inches and the intermediate cylinder exhaust was passed to the largest low pressure cylinder.  An efficient way to use all of the pressure provided by a boiler.

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The high pressure cylinder in the basement.

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The intermediate and low pressure cylinders on the ground floor.

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A chap with a proper hat is always reassuring. 🙂

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One of the main beams (the refurbished one) on the first floor.

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And, from underneath.  The shaft on the left operates one of the pumps and the one on the right leads to :-

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..  the crank and wheel which simply maintain a steady impetus.

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The governor (or regulator) is attached to the engine so that it spins.  The faster it spins the more the weights are forced outward by centrifugal force.  As the weights are forced outward they depress the central plunger which reduces the flow of steam and slows the engine achieving a regulated speed.

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And, outside on a wet day..

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I hope you enjoyed your visit.