Three London Questions No.2



Where in London will you find a still-functioning water wheel?

At Morden Hall Park, a five minute walk from Morden tube station.This former estate had a school for young gentlemen, but was sold in the 1870s to a tobacco seller.

The wheel used to be part of a snuff mill, grinding tobacco until 1922. The mill is powered by the river Wandle, and is now owned by the Nationalo Trust. There’s a rose garden and marshy meadowlands, and there are often art exhibitions and other events held here. Situated just the other side of a horrific ring-road, it still feels like part of rural Surrey, and is a home to herons and kingfishers.

Where can you see a statue of Peter Pan that isn’t in Kensington Gardens?

Yes, there’s another one, rather nicer in my opinion, and it’s outside the entrance to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, near Bloomsbury’s Foundling Hospital. JM Barrie famously left all the royalties and performing rights for ‘Peter Pan’ to the hospital, which has a Barrie wing and a Peter Pan ward.

Where did Samuel Pepys watch the Great Fire of London from, and can you still go there? 

In his diary, Pepys says he watched London burning from ‘a small ale house on Bankside.’ Actually, he started watching it from a boat on the Thames but got rained on by drops of fire, and retreated to the South side. We’re pretty sure his ale house stood where The Anchor now stands. The inn itself was rebuilt after two more fires, and hosted a literary club whose members included Dr Johnson and Boswell, Sir Joshua Reynolds and David Garrick. The pub’s better on a winter’s morning when it’s not full of Chinese tourists taking pictures of the beer pumps, toilets, floorboards etc.

9 comments on “Three London Questions No.2”

  1. Jo W says:

    Happy Birthday to you and welcome to the sixties! Lots of advantages but sorry you won’t get your freedom pass yet. It’s a boon for roaming London! Like the London questions,but I would like more of a pause before the answer,to see if the memory banks are still working!

  2. Dan Terrell says:

    Second the Happy B-day wishes! All the best.
    My unsolicited advice is enjoy your new decade and look forward to the Seventies. Yes, it’s possible.
    You were born – forgetting the year of birth – a few days ahead of my fine Frau.
    (As was J.S. Bach, although he was born an Aries on either the 21st, or the 31st, as he got caught up in the great calendar change which was slow to be generally adopted throughout Europe and elsewhere; not unlike so many major issues of today, let’s note.)
    While I’m not a star chart believer, it is rather fun to see what is said: “The great strength of the Aries-born is in their initiative, courage and determination. These folks love to get things going and are fearless along the way. Their dynamism and competitive spirit add considerably to any of their endeavors.”
    Now, you don’t have to consult the newspaper. Have a good year.

  3. John Howard says:

    I think if admin left much of a pause then too many of us would be using google to find the answer. Something learnt from my children – If they want to know the answer to something then it gets googled immediately with much commenting from us oldies about us having a conversation and where the hell has that gone…..

  4. Helen Martin says:

    Happy birthday, indeed, Admin, if Jo W is correct up there.
    If the water wheel in #1 is functioning then what does it power?

  5. jan says:

    happy birthday u old fart! sorry this is not even a proper e mail but now have left welsh wales where the internet was STUPENDOUS and am in cornwall where its well slow ……….i will send u lots of stuff i’ve dug up about St ethelredas ely place and various other city bits which i’m sure u will like for your birthday . London stuff above good but the nicest bit of Peter Pannery i can think of apart from ur good self (!) is if u get yourself over to Gloucester road tube and then on leaviing the station turn south and walk down as if toward the bottom of Earls court – toward chelsea that is u come across a little park on the offside right in other words where in the war american airmen played baseball and on the nearside opp side of the road i think the 2nd or third house along well that is the house where James Barrie visualised the Darling family living and where Peter Pan used to fly in through the casement window. thats a bit nice is nt it ? i’ll send u a photo. Happy birthday Chris many many more to come b4 u hit the London soil. o and have u given thought to London having no local stone and importing in various strong stone from other parts of the UK- and now world – hold that thought and i’ll be in touch……….

  6. Helen Martin says:

    I love Jan’s messages and have learned to read them out loud so as to get the proper feel. Looking forward to these bits to be transmitted.

  7. jan says:

    thanks H if u notice my msgs run a bit short on punctuation i can talk A LOT !!! JAN

  8. jan says:

    thanks H if u notice my msgs run a bit short on punctuation i can talk A LOT !!! JAN

  9. Dan Terrell says:

    Jan’s quite informative and fun, even when she repeats herself. 🙂

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