Posted 23 August 2012 - 08:34 AM
Aside from the litter and the fast traffic down Anerley Hill/Rd we really like the area, and we have a distant family connection in that my ancestors manufactured the glass for the Crystal Palace.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:57 AM
And a big welcome to the area and to VN
I lived in ED for a year in 1982 and couldn't believe the changes in the place when I went back a few years ago. At the time it was a cheap place to rent as a student nurse but I wouldn't be able to afford to buy a rabbit hutch there now! This is a great area though and I hope you'll both be very happy here.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:21 AM
Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:39 AM
We're not far from you on Maberley rd (I wonder if you're in the rather nice 1st floor flat we looked at on Versailles rd when we were first house hunting in the area in 2002), and yes, you're in a prime spot for parks. The litter factor on Anerley Rd has been creeping up a bit of late, but it's still a very decent part of the world to live in.
I'm intrigued about the Crystal Palace glass connection; I've heard mention that, if you dig down a foot or so just by where the palace itself used to stand, you sometimes find lumps of glass that melted during the fire. I don't know if that's a local myth though!
Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:33 PM
nikdevlin, I'll have to get out my spade! There's not a lot of recognition of the company in producing the glass, even though it was a pretty spectacular industrial achievement to produce that much sheet glass in short a space of time. They actually had to bring over a bunch of glass workers from France and Belgium to help complete the order. Back then the French were still the pre-eminent global glass manufacturers, but Chance Bros and Pilkington took the crown by the end of the century. I intend to take some info down to the museum at some point for their consideration. You can find a bit online, e.g. these two pictures and this article from a paper local to the glassworks in Smethwick. I don't think much is documented about their role, if any, in moving it down this way so I hope to do some research when we have finished with all the renovations etc.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:02 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:54 AM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:59 PM
see you all soon perhaps.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:06 PM
And welcome to VN! There are a fair few posts about W. Norwood but we could do with more, so looking forward to seeing more of your posts on here.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:55 PM