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by Michael Viner
9 Oct 2020 00:45
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Alexandra Park miniature road system.
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Alexandra Park miniature road system.

Dear Roger, There is a really nice photo of the Alexandra Park miniature road in the 50's on page 31 of the book 'Crystal Palace,Penge and Anerley in Old Photographs by Mick Scott (Alan Sutton Publishing,1995) Although out of print,copies are fairly easily available on Amazon,Ebay etc. Unfortunately...
by Michael Viner
5 Oct 2020 19:13
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Obituary: Doris "Dottie" Vojensky nee Blondun
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Obituary: Doris "Dottie" Vojensky nee Blondun

Sad news-thank you for sharing this,Stuart, about a true, unsung Sydenham heroine-really interesting. I looked up the name 'Blondun' in a 1930's Kelly's Directory I have, to see whereabouts in Sydenham the family lived,and there they were; Dottie and her family lived at 33a Adamsrill Rd.,which still...
by Michael Viner
2 Oct 2020 16:42
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham hall is no more
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: Sydenham hall is no more

Used to enjoy going to Jumble Sales, Summer Fetes and Christmas Fairs there in the 1980's, 90's and early 2000's with friends and family now also mostly gone. Another old Jumble Sale venue gone-more than ever it looks like the great British Jumble Sale on a Saturday is becoming a thing of the past,o...
by Michael Viner
5 Jul 2020 21:38
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Relinque Road
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: Relinque Road

Sorry,I forgot to add re.the 2 other adults living at 3 Relinque Rd. in the 1911 census;it was quite common in poor areas back then for families to take in lodgers-despite the cramped living conditions- to make money and help pay the rent,thus the husband and wife,or even the children,would sometime...
by Michael Viner
5 Jul 2020 19:30
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Relinque Road
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: Relinque Road

Re.Relinque Rd.- these were typical' 2 up 2 down' terraced houses of the period ie. 2 bedrooms upstairs,one for parents and one for children, and two rooms downstairs- a kitchen and front room( or living room) The toilet was outside in the back yard and there was no bathroom; baths were taken either...
by Michael Viner
1 Jul 2020 22:02
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Relinque Road
Replies: 5
Views: 1490

Re: Relinque Road

Hello there-Relinque Rd. was built in the 1880's -one of a cluster of roads of working class terraced housing built near the Bell Green Gas Works in Lower Sydenham;many residents of the houses worked there.The area was quite heavily bombed in WW 11 (the gas holders being a ' good' target for the Luf...
by Michael Viner
25 May 2020 05:21
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Crystal Palace Park dinosaurs
Replies: 13
Views: 5289

Re: Crystal Palace Park dinosaurs

Saddened and disgusted by this senseless vandalism of one of these treasures,loved by locals and visitors for generations and like a friend for so many children-loved him and the other dinosaurs since I was a child in the 60's/70's. I hope he can be repaired soon and the perpetrators caught
by Michael Viner
13 Feb 2020 09:39
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: New shop opening?
Replies: 17
Views: 5988

Re: New shop opening?

Sorry,I missed the 'Logic' sign during the Snappy Snaps renovation and have no recollection of a shop with that name or logo.I walk down Sydenham Rd. most days at some point but Sods' Law being what it is the one day in the week you don't is sometimes the day when one of these signs briefly appears ...
by Michael Viner
12 Feb 2020 11:43
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: New shop opening?
Replies: 17
Views: 5988

Re: New shop opening?

Great! Thanks for letting us know-sometimes old shop signs are only revealed for a matter of hours before being covered up again/replaced,so I popped down this morning to have a look and take some photos.Yes, it's 'Treble Clef' (formerly 'The Record Forum') Sydenham's premier record shop of the 1970...
by Michael Viner
3 Jan 2020 12:03
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Local choir recommendation?
Replies: 6
Views: 2685

Re: Local choir recommendation?

There's also the St.Christophers Hospice Choir which starts again on Monday 13th January ;we meet on Mondays - 7pm to 8.30pm at St.Christophers Hospice,Lawrie Park Rd. Sydenham. It's a nice,fun choir-and it's free
by Michael Viner
13 Sep 2019 08:55
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: SYDENHAM SINGERS AUTUMN TERM
Replies: 4
Views: 2013

Re: SYDENHAM SINGERS AUTUMN TERM

Alternately ,there's the St.Christophers Hospice Choir,which meets on Friday evenings 7pm to 8.30 pm at the Anniversary Centre in St.Christophers,Lawrie Park Rd.,or the Crystal Palace Community Choir which is on Tuesday evenings 8 to 9.30 at Goodliffe Hall,Highland Rd. SE 19
by Michael Viner
25 May 2019 13:38
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Rolling Stones in Sydenham
Replies: 23
Views: 12503

Re: Rolling Stones in Sydenham

Hello James- well,both really;I was around in Sydenham in the 60's but only an infant,and still here.Definitely a lifelong music lover and musical historian,as well as having an interest in the history of other subjects.
Glad to be of help-hope you're enjoying life in the U.S.
Michael
by Michael Viner
18 May 2019 22:04
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Rolling Stones in Sydenham
Replies: 23
Views: 12503

Re: Rolling Stones in Sydenham

James-Thanks for sharing those great local musical memories but I think you have two 60's U.S. Soul men mixed up -you probably mean Sonny Childe and his backing band The TNT,rather than Sonny Charles (of the Phil Spector- produced classic 'Black Pearl' fame-who never came to the UK to my knowledge) ...
by Michael Viner
6 Feb 2019 12:31
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Lammas Green
Replies: 2
Views: 5299

Re: Lammas Green

There were three large Victorian houses originally on the site prior to the building of the Corporation Of London's/Donald McMorran's fine 50's creation Lammas Green Estate,which was officially opened Nov 1st 1957.One of the houses was destroyed by WW11 bombing,the other two were demolished for the ...
by Michael Viner
19 Jul 2017 10:58
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Photo`s of Wiverton Rd street party in 1953
Replies: 4
Views: 4500

Re: Photo`s of Wiverton Rd street party in 1953

Lucy-Thanks.Yes,the framed photo of the Wiverton Rd. 53' Coronation Party was one of the pictures which hung in poor old Pete's(RIP) downstairs hallway just a matter of months ago.I remember it well.It's very sad to think that all the things he collected over the years are now being dispersed.It's p...
by Michael Viner
18 Jul 2017 08:52
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Photo`s of Wiverton Rd street party in 1953
Replies: 4
Views: 4500

Re: Photo`s of Wiverton Rd street party in 1953

Lucy-If you found these photos in a charity shop or junk shop,I think I know how this happened;a good friend of Don and I sadly passed away earlier this year ,his name was Peter Edis (1945-2017) a lifelong Sydenham resident who had an interest in Sydenham local history among other things .His house ...
by Michael Viner
17 Jul 2017 17:04
Forum: Town Museum & Gallery
Topic: Photo`s of Wiverton Rd street party in 1953
Replies: 4
Views: 4500

Re: Photo`s of Wiverton Rd street party in 1953

Lucy-I'm a friend of Don Vaughn.Don has copies of the photo,as do I..Don does'nt have a computer,but I'll be happy to pass on any message to him.You can contact me privately,if you wish.
Kind Regards,Michael
by Michael Viner
5 Jun 2017 23:28
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Sydenham Jumble Trail - Sunday 11th June 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 6730

Re: Sydenham Jumble Trail - Sunday 11th June 2017

Alywin- the Penge Jumble Trail is on Sunday 2nd July.
by Michael Viner
1 Jun 2017 22:23
Forum: Town Cafe
Topic: Family Research
Replies: 1
Views: 2085

Re: Family Research

Rachel- the Leach family you mention must be the ones who lived at 103 Venner Rd.,which is still there today,of course. Those old directories only listed the 'head of the household'- usually the man of the house,unless a widow lived there;in the 1930's Arthur Ernest Leach was listed as living there,...
by Michael Viner
1 Jun 2017 12:38
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Lovely bit of old pub signage uncovered in Lower Sydenham
Replies: 18
Views: 8460

Re: Lovely bit of old pub signage uncovered in Lower Sydenha

Further research has shown that it was The Crown & Anchor until 1963; it then became 'The Galleon Wine Co.Ltd' off-license,which it remained until it became a paint shop in more recent years.