Hampden Park 1927
...long lost ariel photos from 1919 - 1953(?). Probably all over the web by tomorrow / now.
Always been a bit jealous of the spectacular setting..
I grew up a stone-skip 'cross the Thames from here. My grandfather's house in the background..
I'm reliably informed they're going to be under three feet of water by 2025.
oil blending plants, oil storage depots and a wax production plant, not to mention a sugar refinery.....
After Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W T F are the FA doing?
I don't see it surrounded by those in the photo sixties, where did you get that info from?
When I was a kid growing up by Hammersmith Bridge (Barnes side) I can recall Hammersmith having some light industry (the Rosser and Russell factory just along from the Bridge) and I've got a vague memory of there being an oil depot, but maybe that came after the picture was taken?
The Thames was very dirty in those days, very polluted, it's so clean now in comparison. We used to fish occasionally, never got owt apart from eels.
In Rainville Road.
Most of these plants pre-date that photo.
We had a lube blending plant and bulk/packaged product depot, plus a wax shop. And a second depot further up towards Craven Cottage. And a further one in Hammersmith Grove. Which always had it's comms and phones knocked out when it rained, or the Thames got high, because Riverside Exchange was below the Thames level and frequently flooded. Shell and Esso also had depots along there, but one of them was further up towards Wandsworth Bridge. And they were where all those luxury riverside flats are now.....
And Manbré & Garton had a suger refinery at the end of Winslow Road, later taken over by Tate & Lyall.
Funnily enough the Richard Rogers partnership took over the site; the taller building which now has an arched roof had our computer room at the top. Nice air-conditioned view of the Thames that was, with the Crabtree our local pub: very handy for an evening pint between boxes of paper churning out every 27 minutes.
The only problem with that building was that the staircase was an open fire-escape steel type, which meant that carrying boxes of burst and chopped invoices etc down to accounts and post room on the floor below was a bit hazardous on a windy day. Great fun watching data prep and trainee ops trying to retrieve them from the roof of the wax shop below, though.
On the plus side, there was an internal staircase that only led down to a riverside balcony. Very handy for hanging recalcitrant trainee ops upside down over the river.
be using the Royal We?
that's him with the big cheesy grin..
Ninian Park, 1920 something
You can't see me because I took the picture from the top of the old, old floodlight pylon
Alternatively I was just down the road....
Note the roof, all the way around by then, unlike Wembley. Although you can see the new sections.
I wasn't able to track down what is causing it, but even the included examples are having this problem, so I think it may be my files. Maybe some files were damaged, so I'll try setting everything up again and see if that helps.-FXDD Reviews
Where the White City Estate is now. What are they?
of the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908. It had links down to Shepherds Bush Central line station. Most of the the last remaining bits of it were demolished for Westfield. Hammersmith Park is just about the only surviving part of it.
three or four of the blue pills and it looks like Disneyland.
the highlight of the 1908 Olympic opening ceremony was a bloke from Acton inflating balloons and making animals shapes with them .. same again in 1948 .. I'm not sure if we've progressed
the bloke from Acton now works with farting balloons.