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Notes and news — July 1974

In this issue:

Southwark Report

Lots still being discussed — but members urged to come along to help in the recording. We have completed a general survey, and are now concentrating on specific sites and areas. Those recently visited include:

Hays Wharf, mainly the warehouses around the disused and silted Hays Dock. Several varieties of cast-iron columns (well worth a study in their own right). A second visit on a weekday afternoon to do measurement is planned.

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Strong, Rawle and Strong, Fellmongers. Morocco Street. The process is basically receiving in fleece, removing wool from the skin, and then despatching both commodities after treatment. Machinery includes large wooden drum for chemical treatment of skins. Return working day visit planned for September (q.v.).

Glue Works, Bermondsey Street (end of Newhams Row). Exterior of premises as when in use until 15 years ago, with slatted ventilation sections in two walls. A quick sniff around indicated that the buildings are unaltered, but the tanks have all been removed.

Bakery, Bermondsey Street. Gas fired four-door oven. Loaves individually placed inside. Working day visit needed. These last two premises are being investigated by Robert Vickers, 79 Shortland Road, Kingston-on-Thames, who would very much appreciate assistance.

Door spring manufacturers and repairers. Blackfriars Road. Four floors packed full of spares and 'work in progress'. An adaption of former Bank premises.

London Bridge Station — new Street roofing replacing wood and glass over the terminus platforms.

Wanted — sweet-toothed member to do mid-week investigation of a confectionery works.

London bakehouses

John Smith is interested in receiving details of bakehouses in the London area, preferably still in use, but also those now out of use having surviving equipment. Contact him at 22 South Audley Street, W1 (629-4259).

Multi-storey stables

In the 19th century, the horse was London's prime mover for commercial traffic.

Do you know of any multi-storey buildings formerly used to accommodate these creatures? If so, please contact Michael Bussell (603-8157).

Surrey Industrial Archaeology

Those members living in Surrey may like to know of a survey being made by Francis A. Haveron. He seeks details of industrial monuments, especially those in East Surrey. If you can help, please contact him at Guildford County Technical College, Stoke Park, Guildford.

St Paul's/Blackfriars/Monument/Clerkenwell/North Woolwich

Volunteers are urgently required to co-ordinate recording work in these areas. If you are interested, please contact David Thomas on 735-2132. Respond now — before demolition...

Information required

B. Hoddmott of 5 Reservoir Road, Southgate, N14 4BN, would be grateful for information on the following:

I.A. in Barnet Project

The Project Group has issued a Bulletin, available on application to Alec Jeakins, 5 Greenfield Gardens, Cricklewood, NW2. It describes an impressive variety of work in hand, including railway stations; hospitals and steam power; cinemas; farm buildings; motor vehicles and garages; and aircraft productions. Similar projects in other London Boroughs could transform our knowledge of London's industrial past.

The Brunel Exhibition Project

A Constitutional Meeting was held in Rotherhithe on 25th April, at which officers were appointed, and Local and Exhibits Sub-Committees were elected. Two Bulletins have now been issued by Malcolm Preskett (GLIAS), Publicity and Publications Officer for the Project, and copies may be obtained from him at 33 Kensington Park Gardens, London W11 2QS. In order to fund the Project's publicity activities (including the Bulletin), a membership fee of £1 p.a. has been introduced; GLIAS members interested in the Project may obtain details from the Membership Secretary, Christopher Bradby, at 35 Rectory Road, E17 3BG.

Stratford Locomotive Works

Part of this large complex, once in use as a steam engine repair works, is now alternatively occupied maintaining modern diesels. Another part is derelict and due for demolition soon. We shall be recording this — if members can volunteer to assist — during the late summer. If you would like to help — recording experience useful but not essential — please contact David Thomas.

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