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#1 Penguin45

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 12:16 AM

Good evening everybody.

May I thank the admin team for allowing a Cornishman who lives in Yorkshire the opportunity to join your community.

I'm a classic car owner and help to run the Wolseley Forum. We were recently given the photo posted below:

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As far as I can work out, this is the Tulse Hill Tavern in the background on the junction of Tulse Hill Road and Norwood Road and would date from the late 1950s to possibly early 60s. It's a spectacular crash and rather goes to show that they don't make lamp posts like they used to...

We were wondering if there are any recollections or news clippings to be had which might just put the story to the picture.

Thank you, your comments would be very welcome.

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#2 RetiredMember1

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 07:28 AM

Welcome! Can you try posting the image again, Penguin45?

Edited by gekko, 20 January 2010 - 12:42 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2010 - 12:43 PM

That's a great picture and the spot is instantly recognisable.
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 12:53 PM

Wow!

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:07 PM

It may be worth contacting the South London Press to see if they have anything in their archives.
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#6 Penguin45

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 12:22 AM

GillW - thank you for your welcome. As for the "Wow!", we've never seen anything like it, hence the curiosity.

Gekko - I take it I got the location right, then?

Borgus - Link noted, thank you. I'll drop them a line and see if they've anything recorded.

Cheers all,

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:07 AM

Am I the only one who thinks it's odd everyone is standing around nonchalantly?
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:34 AM

Yes Penguin, that's definitely the Tulse Hill Tavern.

JamesS - yes and that guy with the hat is walking away with his hands in his pockets like he hasn't just seen an upturned car on the pavement.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 09:31 PM

Is it two cars or just one which has been bent in two?

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 02:08 AM

It is one car, quite literally wrapped around a lamp post. The implications are quite horrific, really.

I suspect that the picture may have been taken a little while after the crash (possibly a night-time incedent?), hence people's relaxed attitude.

I'd love to think it was a get away car or some such nefarious activity - it's probably a drunk driviong accident.

Enjoy yor weekend,

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:39 AM

Is it two cars or just one which has been bent in two?


I was thinking the exact same thing. Would be interesting to find out more.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:38 AM

Do you know that's really weird, in 58-59 just the same thing happened
on Anerley Hill just at that part where it flattens out before crossing
the railway bridge over the line into Crystal Palace Low Level, in front
of a greengrocers shop whose name escapes me. I thought then that it was
very lucky that it had happened early in the morning before the shops
were open. I think that in that accident there was one fatality.
Those hills around CP really seem to have it in them.