Saturday, 14 February 2015

The Green...

This is an ordinance survey map of my local area from the 19th century. I remember my late and much missed next door neighbour Percy telling me that the land upon which my house now stands was, in his long memory, once farmland. In fact, looking at the map I can say with confidence that the area is, except for the place names, unrecognisable. The Shoulder of Mutton Green, for example, is now reduced to a small lawn adjacent to a main road; its name derived from the fact that there was once an abattoir near Shooter's Hill from which local butcher shops and the old Co-op sourced their meat. Notice the Black Fen in the corner.

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