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Totally off-thread and in 'danger' of getting a smart, yellow card from thamesweb, I do recall the canteen lady during my days at Specto, sadly though, I can't remember her name. So I apologise for that. I'm having to dig deep here Mr. Mayor, as in my youth I usually stayed in a job for around a year then moved on to something paying more in the way of 'wages'. I think I was there in 1957. I can only remember that the 'canteen lady' always came up trumps with two slices of 'dripping toast' for my elevenses, daily. She used to put the pepper-pot on the counter just for me so I could add a 'dash' to liven up the taste a bit. A lovely, cheery lady and respected and appreciated by all. Had my Dad been alive, he'd have known in a flash...I have an uncle living in York Road who worked there his whole working life, so, he'd have known your Mother, 'without a doubt', as he used to say, (probably still does). This should be on the Specto thread I think, so I apologise to thamesweb for the 'straying off-thread'....
What happened to the small plaque being held by Fred? Is it stored, along with many other interesting and ancient Windsor artefacts, in the museum in Tinkers' Lane, Dedworth. Or perhaps it has been put back, but in a different spot, allowing visitors to read Sir Frederick Dyson's words? Is the castle's pumping station still there and still in working order, or has this been removed and updated as well?Thanks for the info. re. Fred Fuzzens, Mr. Mayor. Over the years, I often wonder what happens to old work colleagues, so that was nice to read. He and Jiri Janouch, (George), were sparring partners in the offices at Specto. George would bound in and if Fred was around, he'd get him going, in the nicest possible way, of course.
5-Aug-2010 01:27 PM
Mayor of Bexley wrote:Yes it is the same F.Fuzzens later postman F.F. His Father was at one time Mayor
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28-Aug-2012 04:07 PM
The plaque in the photo should be back on the pillar at the entrance to the western end of the pathway. I knew this photo would come in useful one day! - Taken about a year ago.
I knew this photo would come in useful one day! - Taken about a year ago.
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The little hut is almost certainly along Romney Island. A similar building exists in other views of the area. The carriage on the far bank is on its way to Old Windsor, passing along the wall that used to enclose the Home (Little) Park and of course the whole view is pre-railway, and even pre-Wyattville. Romney Lock, only twenty years old at that time, is off to the left, I think, although the stretch illustrated might be right at the bottom of the Collier map included above. (But then the view of the castle is incorrect.)
So the answer is that the land shown exists, but the cut through may not. The scene is stylised because actually the river traffic would have passed downstream beyond the building and closer to the far bank to access the lock if I am right about the location.
An engraving of a similar view of the same area. The little hut is to the right of the bridge.
The hump backed bridge looks as though it might be the outfall that still exists under the former goods yard at the Riverside Station, although that would put the hut too far upstream. (Edit: See below for a more accurate position estimate) It is a good example of how artistic licence means that we cannot rely on the image as accurate.
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