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Started by bossab2 on Apr 24, 2021 9:58:33 AM
Down Your Way

Rules: Pick a hamlet or very small geographic area of a town.

Find something interesting to say about it ( interviews with old boys talking about the war etc)

Hint: its probably easier to think of the fact before the place.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 09:58:44 (#1 of 20)

I'll start:

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 10:07:01 (#2 of 20)

I'll start:

Brightling, East Sussex

Home to local character Mad Jack Fuller

His 30 foot high grave pyramid is still there. ( pick under 'later life'

mingmong - 24 Apr 2021 10:23:08 (#3 of 20)

In a similar(ish) spirit:

Hetty Peglar's tump - a chambered bronze age round barrow on the Cotswold escarpment, named after Hester Peglar who owned the land in the 17th century.

About four hundred yards away, in Roman Britain, a shrine to Mercury was built, complete with a nine foot-sized statue of the god, in his classical aspect as a half-naked youth, but with the interesting local feature of curling ram horns on his head. For a number of years, local Britons made offerings at the temple and submitted what archaeologists call 'votive tablets', which thereby preserve some of the oldest British writing. The contents reveal a fascinating world of small-minded suspicions and resentments that typify rural communities (e.g. "Cenacus complains to the god Mercury about Vitalinus and Natalinus his son concerning the draught animal which has been stolen from him, and asks the god Mercury that they may have neither health before/unless they return at once to me the draught animal which they have stolen, and to the god the devotion which he has demanded from them himself." )

The fount of the British literary tradition, right there

Around 400 AD the temple was destroyed and replaced with a timber church. But for reasons unknown somebody kept the head of the statue (now minus the horns) and a few generations later it was buried at the portal of the church. It now sits in the British museum

carterbrandon - 24 Apr 2021 10:38:01 (#4 of 20)

I seem to remember Bath was full of charms and curses like that. Petty neighbourhood grievances go all the way back on this island.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 10:41:58 (#5 of 20)

Interesting Ming. I shall rack my brains for more.

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 10:52:35 (#6 of 20)

Newdigate, Surrey.

Former home of the Broadwood family ( piano makers).

Theres a piano in the stained glass.

mingmong - 24 Apr 2021 10:58:57 (#7 of 20)

Timpson's England is a goldmine of this sort of thing.

One of a my favourites is a memorial to a fish, called Old Fish, in the village of Blockley on Gloucestershire:

"Under the soil Old Fish do lie,

Twenty years he lived, and then he did die"

mingmong - 24 Apr 2021 11:07:37 (#8 of 20)

Or this jocular memorialisation an unfortunate Bampton lad killed by a falling icicle in 1776. A forerunner of Arlo Gutherie:

Bless my i i i i (yes, eyes)

Here he lies

In a sad pickle

Killed by an icicle

HouseOfLametta - 24 Apr 2021 11:50:41 (#9 of 20)

And an unfortunate barmaid from Malmesbury.

"Hannah Twynney kild by a Tygre at ye White Lyon"

bossab2 - 24 Apr 2021 14:31:34 (#10 of 20)

The appropriately named Chislehurst

DonkeyOT - 09 May 2021 11:53:10 (#11 of 20)

We always used to listen to "Down Your Way" on the wireless, chap called Franklin Engelman presented it, I think.

Other presenters also served.

bossab2 - 09 May 2021 11:57:18 (#12 of 20)


Full of 'old boys' in flat caps talking about how life was better in 'ye olden days'.

...used to be a thriving mill..

TableTopJoe - 09 May 2021 12:04:29 (#13 of 20)

#2 I was married in the church where Mad Jack Fuller was buried.

TableTopJoe - 09 May 2021 12:05:21 (#14 of 20)

And a band I was in once played a gig in Chislehurst Caves. As did Jimi Hendrix. Not on the same night though.

TauCeti - 09 May 2021 13:57:13 (#15 of 20)

Pengam farmstead, no longer exists other than a landfill/ramp for a bridge over the railroad. Today the area has been maimed by the construction of a major link road with subsequent flattening of the surrounding area and the infill and deviation of a small river. Now two sets of allotments, one posh and this one which nobody wants to know about as it is right at the end of town bordered by larger river.

Interestingly although the river has been moved to a couple hundred meters, the original course still floods when it rains, possibly one reason why others don't want to know, which suits me fine for this way I have no close plot holders within 50 meters.

Lots of wildlife including hawks, foxes, possibly deer various birds. Sadly there is a traveller's camp nearby and they bring their horses to devastate various plots. Or else the horses know the way by themselves.

bossab2 - 09 May 2021 14:58:38 (#16 of 20)

admires Tau's flat cap

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 May 2021 15:26:23 (#17 of 20)

There's a very small area on Glasgow's Southside called Jenny Lind. Apparently before it was covered in housing in the 20th century there was a pub there named after the singer, and the area took on the name.

Carlisle's Cathedral Close is fascinating. An old local boy one pointed out to me a fairly recent carved head on the cathedral roof in the shape of a policeman's head complete with pointy hat. It honours a copper who was killed by an armed car thief at Oxenholme Station in the 60s.

bossab2 - 09 May 2021 15:30:53 (#18 of 20)

The Isle of Sheppy is fascinating:

Only Sheppy would mark the ship full of unexploded bombs just off the coast.

TableTopJoe - 09 May 2021 15:31:35 (#19 of 20)

Sheppey, ffs.

TauCeti - 09 May 2021 16:04:09 (#20 of 20)

Further on Pengam, 130yo map (modern print) shows the meandering river, the farmhouse, the railway where it is today, and the road alongside, called 'Roman road ' today's Newport road. There was a piggery, found many bones of something, and a glassworks, with resulting millions of glass shards and whatnot. Found 2 glass drops in the ground. Another area has produced half a ton of scrap metal, plus, I picked up a fire extinguisher made in Cardiff, last check 1957, and still in working order. Also a broken early 1900s gas street light.

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