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The Watts Church Crawl, Part the Sixth: High Street Kensington | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl, Part the Sixth: High Street Kensington

Moving on from Gloucester Road, we head up to High Street Kensington; formerly the great shopping district of this part of London. Sadly now all of its 5 department stores are vanished. The line here has an interesting bit of history to it: there ran parallel to it the “Cromwell Curve”,...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the fifth) Gloucester Road | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the fifth) Gloucester Road

For those of a certain age, and with an interest in legal affairs, the name Gloucester Road sums up images of Horace Rumpole (Rumpole of the Bailey) shuffling home to Froxbury Mansions from his chambers (or more likely Pomeroy’s Wine Bar, with a bottle of Chateau Thames Embankment tucked under...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Fourth) South Kensington | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Fourth) South Kensington

“They’re a ravenous horde, and they all come on board at Sloane Square & South Kensington Stations”. Quite why W. S. Gilbert chose these two particular stations, I don’t know: they had both been open for well over 10 years when the operetta Iolanthe (from which those words emanate) was...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Third) Sloane Square | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Third) Sloane Square

THE STATION: Sloane Square The heart of rich and trendy London: Sloane Square has long been a “buzzing” and “happening” place. It’s station received a direct hit on during a busy rush hour in November 1940, killing 36 and injuring 79, as well as causing very severe destruction.   It was first...
by Michael Webb
The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Second) Victoria | Watts & Co.

The Watts Church Crawl (Part the Second) Victoria

THE STATION: Victoria Travelling west along the circle line, we arrive at Victoria, London’s second busiest station. No matter what time of day you are there, it is constantly absolute chaos, with the world and his mother trying to get out of the station by whatever means necessary. The Concourse in...
by Michael Webb
Watts Church Crawl (Part the First) | Watts & Co.

Watts Church Crawl (Part the First)

  The Watts Church Crawl (part the first) This year of grace, 2013, sees the 150th anniversary of the London Underground Railway (tube). In honour of this occasion, we thought we would give you a little church crawl around the circle line, starting at St. James’s Park, the headquarters of Transport for...
by Michael Webb
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