The Anonymous Widower

Stonehenge Is Unique

Stonehenge is unique and at the age of ten, I was able to walk amongst the stones in a party from my Primary School.

That was much better than the limited access you get now.

But then in the mid-1950s, Stonehenge didn’t get the visitors it does now.

In The Times today, there are reports of an Almighty row about how traffic is hidden from the monument.

This article on the BBC, which is entitled Stonehenge tunnel ‘should be longer’, puts forward a shorter view of the arguments in The Times.

The real problem with the traffic around Stonehenge, is that something should have been done about it years ago. As with so many problems, successive governments have just ignored the unique site.

I think that any solution to the future of Stonehenge should do the following.

  • Remove all passing traffic as far away as is practical.
  • All visitors to the monument should probably come by electric bus from the a nearby railway station or Park-and-Ride.
  • Improve the rail service on the South Western Main Line, which is not electrified and needs more capacity.

I also feel that modern technology could be used to provide a better view of the stones.

Certainly, what we have at present is totally unacceptable to both road traffic passing the site and visitors.

There is even a proposal for a Wilton Parkway station, which would be on the Wessex Main Line and linked to Stonehenge by bus, that I wrote about in A Station For Stonehenge?

This would provide a Tourist Route from Bristol to Portsmouth via Bath Spa, Stomnehenge, Salisbury and Southampton.


January 21, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | 2 Comments

Between Bank And Cannon Street Station

The City of London is creating a new walking route between Bank and Cannon Street stations, along Walbrook.

It doesn’t reach to the Thames yet, as there is some 1980s development and the dual-carriageway of Upper Thames Street in the way, but I suspect it will, at some point in the future.

On the Western side of the walk is Walbrook Square being developed by Bloomberg, which underneath which are both the London Mithraeum and the new step-free entrance to the Waterloo and City Line and Bank station.

On the Eastern side is the historic church of |St. Stephen Walbrook, where I once met Chad Varah; the founder of The Samaritans, who for personal and wider reasons, I nominated at Man of the Noughties.

This Google Map shows the area.


It looks like this walking and cycling route will come with a prestigious office development, an important Roman site and a transport interchange.

I have a feeling there’s a deep agenda in pedestrianising Walbrook in this way.

Commuters arriving in the City at Cannon Street station or the Waterloo and City Line will be able to come out of the stations onto the spacious thoroughfare of Walbrook , from where they could walk to their place of work. A pedestrianised Bank Junction would give a traffic free route for commuters to the East side of the junction.

Could we see other routes around Bank Junction also given over to pedestrians and cyclists? Roads like.

  • Cannon |Street
  • Cornhill
  • Dowgate Hill
  • King William Street
  • Lombard Street
  • Lothbury
  • Old Jewry
  • Prince’s Street
  • St. Swithin’s Lane

and a few others, must all be being considered for full or partial pedestrianisation.

In addition, there will be beloe-ground routes through Bank station.

January 19, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Archaeology In Dresden

There is a lot of rebuilding going on in Dresden, and I came across this site that was being investigated for archaeological purposes.

In a couple of places across Germany, I’ve recently come across examples of developers doing the sort of PR you see in London, to passify those affected by large developments.

Perhaps, everybody is watching Crossrail, who have used archaeology virtually as a PR weapon to fight off protesters and bad press!

June 13, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Archaeology At Liverpool Street

Liverpool Street, just outside the station of the same name, is home to a large archaeology project.

The pictures of the actual dig was taken from a publicly accessible walkway on the South side of the Street.

April 16, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Crossrail In The New Yorker

According to Wikipedia, the New Yorker  is an American magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry.

This serious article from the magazine, which discusses the archaeology around the new rail line, is well worth a read.

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

An Historical Side-Effect Of The London Gateway

This story from the Southend Echo, tells about the excavation of HMS London. They say this.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition detailing the excavation of a shipwreck off Southend pier has opened to the public.

HMS London was first rediscovered in 2005 during works to build the London Gateway superport.

Mary Rose it is not, but HMS London would appear that it is starting to give up its secrets.

I shall certainly go to the exhibition of photos at the Beecroft Gallery in the town.

April 9, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

DAM – German Architectural Museum

The Deutsches Architektur Museum was recommended in my guide book.

It cost me nine euros to enter to see a presentation of photographs of the main modern buildings of Frankfurt with descriptions.

There is no directly similar museum in London, although Crossrail have recently put on some excellent free displays of both their archaeology and architecture.

I wouldn’t return to this museum, unless I was travelling with an architect, who thought it a must-see!

February 16, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crossrail Gets More Good Publicity

The third most visited story on the BBC’s web site today, is this story about Crossrail. Here’s the first paragraph.

Skeletons unearthed in London Crossrail excavations are Black Death victims from the great pandemic of the 14th Century, forensic tests indicate.

The story is even the subject of a Channel 4 program on April 6th.

Crossrail is certainly showing how to use archaeology as a publicity tool.

March 30, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Crossrail’s Portals To The Past Exhibition

Crossrail have opened another exhibition called Portals To The Past, showing the various archaeological discoveries they have made.

It wasn’t as large as last year’s exhibition, but nevertheless, if you’re in the area it’s worth a look.

There was also a knowledgeable engineer answering questions.

February 18, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Crossrail Are Running Another Archaeology Exhibition

Last year Crossrail showed off all of their archaeological finds.  now they are running another exhibition, to show the latest discoveries.

If it’s half as good as last year’s event, it will be unmissable.

February 15, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment