Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Day Thirty-Two - Anerley Hill, SE19

On 10 and 11 July 1944 German V1 bombs fell on the area around Crystal Palace station, killing over 20 people and destroying many buildings. These were just some of many V1s and V2s that fell on the area, legend has it because Churchill let double agents report back to their German bosses that their flying bombs were overshooting Central London. They weren't, but the adjustment ten miles south would mean fewer deaths and less property damage. Or so I've heard, anyway.

As is often the way, the local pub, hit but not destroyed, was one of the main buildings to be saved. It took until 1955, but eventually The Paxton Arms reopened for business. Given its history I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that it's a typical locals' pub, with average beer and a frosty welcome for anyone who has not spent at least ten years parked on a stool at the bar.

And now they're finally giving it a new coat of paint.

On the discman today: AM - Oval ovalcommers PM - NEU! NEU!

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