As the children’s nursery rhyme shows, London Bridge - which crosses the river Thames - is famous for being built and rebuilt. The river Thames - which the bridge crosses - separates two very different parts of London. To the north is the city of London, while Southwark - where Shakespeare’s Globe theatre can be found - is to the south. It has served as a crossing, a shopping district, a housing settlement and a platform for the grotesque display of criminal’s heads. It has also - surprisingly - ended up in a desert of Arizona.
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Nick Hamilton’s psychogeophonic investigation into Hackney with contributions from Iain Sinclair, Stewart Home, John Barker, We Are Bad/Savage Messiah, Charles Adegoke, Olga Panades, Xavier Zapata, Alan Hayday, Jonny Mugwump & Sally Mumby-Croft.
All sounds and conversations recorded on location in Hackney.
This evening Jarvis invites you on a kerb crawl around the seamy side of town as he explores the theme ‘night manoeuvres’. Driving through London he weaves his way in and out of the lives of other night riders who are always on the move. The ride might get a bit hairy at times, but he promises to drop you off safely at the end.
In Episode 4 of the Together London Podcast, I talk to Erin Kissane about what she learned editing A List Apart magazine, her book The Elements of Content Strategy, why she started Contents Magazine, and what we can do about the problem of harassment online.
This week John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou head down the A13 to Tilbury led by geologist Dr Kate Spencer from Queen Mary, University of London and musician Andy Ramsay from Europa51.
They walk the foreshore of the windswept Thames Estuary between the two Tilbury forts, over the cracking surface of an historic the 1930s landfill site pushing up Shippam’s paste jars through the flaking clay cap which also sprouts poisonously hallucinogenic thorn apple plants.
Nick Papadimitriou and John Rogers discuss a selection of their favourite London books with readings to music by Europa51. They delve into Montague Sharpe’s Middlesex in British, Roman and Saxon Times (1919); William Margrie’s The Diary of a London Explorer (1933); Gordon S. Maxwell’s Highwayman’s Heath (1935) and HV Morton’s London (1926).
This week Nick and John take a languid winter stroll along the arbours of the pleasure grounds and spa resorts of Finsbury and Pentonville.
Heading by way of a dank Saffron Hill with talk of Oliver Twist and the Sabini Gang they take in Coldbath Square, The Islington Spa, Bagnigge Wells, St. Chads and others mentioned in Old London’s Spas, Baths & Wells by S.P. Sunderland (1915).
They discuss the cluttered local history of the area now under the auspices of the London Borough of Islington and some of the more imaginative mythology concerning the Penton Mound.
With reading by Heidi Lapaine and music by Europa51
Inspired by Thomas Burke’s The Outer Circle: Rambles in Remote London, Nick Papadimitriou and John Rogers explore the far-lying eastern suburb of Ilford. Burke , like other writers of the early 20th Century, was disdainful of Ilford. Writing in 1921 he said of ‘the Eastern Queen’ that, “After Walthamstow it comes as tepid soda-water upon an August noon. Ilford wears an expression of unfulfilled desire. It hungers for colour. Even the rush and turmoil about the Broadway have a frigid tone.”
Nick and John ignored his advice and headed out along the Romford Road to find a visionary landscape, optimistic and vibrant, ‘rising from alluvial Essex’. With reading by Heidi Lapaine and music by Europa51.
Ventures and Adventures in Topography, S02E04: Plumstead to Cross Ness along the Southern Outfall Sewer
This week John and Nick follow their noses out along the Southern Outfall Sewer or the ‘Bazalgette Express’ across the marshes from Plumstead to Cross Ness.
Guided by The Lure and Lore of London’s River by A.G. Linney (1920′s) they perambulate the raised path that follows the final journey of south London’s sewage to its terminus at the sewage colony at Cross Ness Point, ‘the place where all things end’. John and Nick cast this 32 acre site as one of London’s most significant sites, sat at the river’s edge at the end of the marshes. The flat expanse of Plumstead Marshes now accommodates Belmarsh Prison and Thamesmead Estate, with the dark ridge of Bostall Woods rising above.
This week we head out onto the North Middlesex/South Hertfordshire Escarpment, subject of a forthcoming book by Nick. Scarp is a conspicuous but broken ridge running from Batchworth Heath, near Harefield, on the Middlesex-Buckinghamshire border, via Oxhey to Elstree and thence eastward to High Barnet. Further east, the ridge runs through Hadley and Enfield Chase, widening considerably north of the former place towards Shenley and North Mimms. The eastern edge of Scarp curves north and then north-east, following the River Lee upstream into Hertfordshire, until it diminishes in height in the region of Hertford and Great Amwell. Much of the land is green belt broken by small clusters of dwellings, old farms and ribbons of Victorian suburban houses. Scarp attains its greatest height at Stanmore Common (480 ft).
With a reading from the book by Nick Papadimitriou and music by Europa51
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