Shortlands in old picture postcards

Shortlands in old picture postcards

:   Muriel V. Searle
:   Greater London
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5325-6
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59. This view is still recognisable today, though had a giant ski-slope scherne of a few years ago been allowed to materialise , almost all this part of the hili and woods would have been destroyed. Fortunately there was such a deluge of protest that permission was refused. Another failed for the valley area below, a century earlier, was for a new railway known as the Shortlands. Knockholt & Otford Railway. Though in that case inhabitants were in faveur, Parliament threw out the enabling bill. Today we are thankful; it would have brought suburbanisation to such country areas as Keston, Downe , Cudharn, Chevening, Knockholt and Kemsing.

60. A scene th at is fortunately little altered today; even the shapely iron seats still survive on parts of MartinsHiII.

61. The classic view from Martins Hili to Crystal Pal ace that everyone old enough to have predated the 1936 Palace fire of ten describes. On Thursdays they went straight from Bromley Market, which opened a great deal later into the evening than it does today, onto the hili to watch the famous Brock's fireworks, so spectacular as to be worth seeing even from five miles off. On 30th November 1936, thousands gathered to watch the greatest and most frightening display ever seen on that site; the total destruction of the vast Palace by fire. The blaze was so big and so fierce th at airline pilots reported it when flying over the North Sea, and crowds gathered as far off as Devil's Dyke at Brighton, and on Harnpstead Heath, to wateh.

62. Behind the huge trees th at died in the 1970s due to Duteh elm disease the waterworks chimney is seen. Initially the building of a waterworks was ridieuled: 'Old inhabitants have Iaughed at the scherne, while others have had their misgivings as to the probable results, providing anyone should f;รจ foolish enough to buy water of the eompany while they ean get plenty by sinking a wcll,' it was written in 1865, when the foundations were being dug. Pipes were laid from Widrnore Road ne ar the Market Square, intended to supply houses in the valley; not a good idea according to those who were content with eholera-infeeted but free weil-water. To quote another paragraph: 'How these people came to imagine that Bromley wanted a water company is best known to themselves ... we shall do our best to upset them and their Act of Parliament.'

63. For weil over a century the waterworks in Valley Raad has been pumping pure water, one of the area's lesser known landmarks. Of grey stone, unusual in this predominantly briek-built district, it lacks only the original tall barrel-shaped chimney; but a newer waterworks be si de it still keeps its own distinctive square topped chirnney , seen from all the heights of Martins Hili and from the railway. The older building had great be am engines and boilers. In 1936 they were replaced by electrically-driven machinery, but the outwardly visible beams remained for many years; one of them is now preserved in the waterworks garden, with an explanatory plaque. The first weil was sunk in 1867, and another in 1872; together they produced five million gallons of water daily.

64. The lodge survives, but the tall and rather gaunt hilltop house of Stoberry was replaeed by the balconied town-houses of St. Paul's Square. The top of this slope has been, since people first settled hereabouts, the favourite winter sports eentre of Shortlands and Bromley, where in snow hundreds of tobogganers - and, today, skiers also - push off towards the Hop Field and Shortlands valley. They sornetimes continue after dark by torchlights or ear headlights.

65. The top of Marrins Hill , where it looks down across Shortlands, is very little changed compared with this old postcard, in which the women's costumes suggest a very early 20th century date. The trees across the top have, of course, grown to ful! maturity, and their line is still intact except for two or three at the Swan Hili end felled by the 1987 hurricane. The main difference is that the Victorian Jubilee fountain, seen in the distance, now stands down bel ow on Oueen's Mead, replaced by the much taller War Memorial.

66. Brornley's War Memorial has one of the most commanding hilltop positions for miles around, looking over a view into three counties: Kent, Surrey, and Londen, and more immediately over the whole Shortlands Valley. It is very much bound up, too, with Shortlands' architectural heritage, as the site was previously occupied by the ornate stone drinking fountain built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887, when bath the Hili and the very predictably named Oueen's Mead down below were given to the people for reereanon. The fountain was taken apart stone by sta ne to make way for the War Memorial, and re-erected exactly in its original Iorrn, on Oueen's Mead. There it still stands, close to the sports pavilion. showing the date 1887 and the Queen's head.

67. The Martins Hili site befare erection of the War Memorial in the early 1920s, showing the fountain that is now on Queen 's Mead in its former position; more or less where the memorial now stands. The little park lodge, too, survives scarcely altered, except th at the clock has gone. But the faint outline of its position can still be found.

68. A good c1ear view of the Queen's Mead drinking fountain in its original position on top of Martins Hili, close to where the Bromley War Memorial was erected; Shortlands own memorial stands on the opposite side of the valley ne ar St. Mary's Church. The decorative top urn has long since disappeared, but otherwise the fountain as re-erected in Shortlands looks little altered, albeit rather more weathered than when pictured seven decades ago.

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