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baggydave


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Post: #1
03-04-2008 09:48 PM

Bernedict Le Vay (now there is an eccentric name) has written a book on eccentric London (Bradt publishing ?info@bradt-tavelguides.com). A whole section on Dulwich, but nowt on SE23 apart from Horniman museum. Even Penge gets a mention (Harriet Staunton murder in 1876 that resulted in a change of Street name from Forbes to Moslea Road). Peckham has the library. Sydenham has a certain Paxton creation from the mid 19th century.

So who/what is our favourite eccentric person or place in SE23? The guy who mailed himself? The folly on top of the hill. The gent who used to race huskies (on a wheeled sledge). Surely we can get ourselves properly into this book. A vote could follow if there is some collective imagination.

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Ghis


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Joined: Jan 2007
Post: #2
04-04-2008 08:15 AM

The Honor Oak Park 2-String-Guitar-Playing Troubadour

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nevermodern


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04-04-2008 08:40 AM

I quite like the toilet that's now a home.

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dita-on-tees


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04-04-2008 11:49 AM

Yes Keith Richard's long lost brother is a genius and cheers my mornings when he plays outside the bus stop.

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baggydave


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22-04-2008 09:17 PM

Can Steve Grindley remind us of who the gent was who posted himself. Perhaps that would inspire some imagination elsewhere

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roz


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Post: #6
23-04-2008 09:19 AM

The Wrens steeple now in someone's back garden somewhere up near Round Hill. That surely deserves a mention. I've been in FH for 23 years and only learned about this last year. Does anyone know if you can visit this on selected Open House days, if not it might be an idea to suggest this to the owner- whoever they are. I would love to see it.

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pattrembath


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Post: #7
23-04-2008 11:10 AM

St Antholin's Spire is available to all as it is in a square in front of houses off Round Hill - you will find a small Sydenham Society plaque on it - sorry it is actually in SE26 - but, please do visit.

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blushingsnail


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23-04-2008 01:56 PM

Picture of the spire here.

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Perryman


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24-04-2008 01:36 PM

W Reginald Bray (1879-1939), the man who posted himself.

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stevegrindlay


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24-04-2008 08:55 PM

baggydave Wrote:
Can Steve Grindlay remind us of who the gent was who posted himself. Perhaps that would inspire some imagination elsewhere


Perryman's right, he was W Reginald Bray. There is a website devoted to him here and I have written about him here


For a random selection of items on local history visit my blog at:
http://sydenhamforesthillhistory.blogspot.com/
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