London Visit

September 11 2021

Three Bridges – Asylum Lock – Brent Lodge Park – Alperton Bus Station

Three Bridges Park – Windmill Lane, Souithall
Southall, Middlesex – shot on 11 September 2021
Asylum Dock – the filled-in entrance to what was once a dock dedicated to the Asylum, as it was then called.
Grand Union Canal – Hanwell
Brent Lodge Park – The Wharncliffe Viaduct.
Brent Lodge Park – with the steeple of St Mary’s Church. Fred Secombe, Harry’s brother was once the vicar there
St Mary’s Church, Hanwell
…with a wedding
The little bridge crossing over towards the Golf Links and the Golf Links Estate.
The view across to two of the Golf Links blocks of flats.
Excellent little zoo – Meerkats were my favourite…
Proof that it was once known as the Bunny Park – which is how we all remember it (when it wasn’t being labelled the Monkey Park…

Alperton Bus Station.

GNR Railway Ride 30 Aug 2021

1962 OS Map showing the triangular junction.

The fourteen arch viaduct to the west of Marefield that carried the GNR and LNWR joint line. The triangular junction carried lines to Leicester, Nottingham and Market Harborough

The Marefield Viaduct photographed on a rather dull day.
Ingarsby Station Master’s Hous
Ingarsby Station – Now :Station House, Ingarsby..
The group at Ingarsby
Lowesby Station
Lowesby Statiion showing the name board (mid-right)
Lowesby Station
Walking beneath the viaduct.

Layers of London Map


This is an intriguing and interesting chance to travel from your armchair through time and place with an innovative interactive map of Greater London. You might, for example, explore Tudor London, study the late 19th Century Booth Poverty Map or scan aerial views of WW2 bomb damage in the capital. There are many possibilities.

This interactive resource enables you to create your own views and layer them as you please!. Head over to the link below to find out more.

The project was created by the Institute of Historical Research. You can access free historic maps of London and contribute stories, memories and histories to create a social history resource about their area. Start exploring now!

Go to Layers of London interactive map!

Layers of London ( is a free crowdsourced website, uniting London’s iconic historical maps with the histories of place and people. Layers of London can be used to explore the capital and enable you to contribute your own records. See more here >

Great start to the New Year

Travel Talks Leicester continued with Lockdown video-casts in the New Year. The first three talks of 2021 generated strong interest with one of our sessions, led by returning speaker Ruth McIntosh, already generating an impressive 473 views on our YouTube channel. This is a record for our group.

The three 2021 talks available to view free on demand are:

Ruth McIntosh started our January 2021 lockdown series with “Biking from Bordeaux”. You can see more about this on her blog: Also, check out Ruth’s book, “In Search of Adventure”. Head over to this llink:

Eleanor Davidson folllowed with an innovative approach: “Travels with my books through time and place”. Armchair travelling is almost as good as the real thing says Eleanor who cherished her books from a young age.

On Friday 22 January we welcomed Jan Parsons of Guildford Travel Club who presented “Palestine: Beyond the Wall”.

Jan Parsons’ Palestine: Beyond the Wall – our 40th Lockdown online talk.

Palestine is a land of striking contrasts, from its ancient limestone hills crowned with scattered villages and more recently dense clusters of Israeli settlements, to the vast stretches of the Judean desert, rich in remarkable sites and buildings. Very few tours visit places like Mar Saba, Hisham’s Palace and the palm-shaded oases of this beautiful landscape.

Jan travelled through Palestine in 2017 with the Palestine Exploration Fund, meeting some of the hospitable Palestinian people across the West Bank including Bedouins and the Samaritan community with their ancient customs. In her video we will visit the holy sites in Hebron, a volatile city where tensions run high, Qumran, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Temple Mount in Jerusalem – a significant site to the three major world religions. Jan’s talk will also address the impact of the Separation Wall in the context of the more recent history of Palestine.

Southall Travel Sailing