England visit May 2015

In Pictures from England, sports cricket, Trams on June 2, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Three sets of pictures, nothing all that exciting though.

On the whole it was a very cold week, with heavy rain on Thursday 29th.

The primary purpose of my visit was to see the cricket match between Kent and Surrey at the Beckenham Ground, which has been revived for County cricket after six years of quiet.

Much is yet to be done at the ground, but with a huge catchment area it’s going to be money well spent. A new indoor school has been built so that the county can tap more easily into the local talent pool in south-east London who would otherwise have to tramp 50 miles to Canterbury. Also there are tens of thousands of potential spectators living within a short journey.

Beckenham Pictures at

The early defeat gave me time to have a walk around Croydon. Although much unloved by many, Croydon is an ancient town going back to the 13th century, as a town, and before that to Roman times and perhaps even earlier.

Croydon is now the centre of the London Borough of Croydon, population about 370,000 although the actual town has perhaps 53,000 residents. Much of the centre is a truly horrible collection of 1960’s and 1970’s office blocks and shopping centres. If that’s not enough, a vast area next to the main railway station is being redeveloped to create more.

But amid all this, it’s easy to find 15th and 16th century buildings sitting as they have done for hundreds of years and still being used as schools, churches etc to this day.

Croydon pictures at

And finally, I was staying in Eastbourne and on a rainy day (the wind was literally blowing half a gale) I spent a couple of hours in the Redoubt museum. This museum is housed in a fort built at the time of the threatened invasion by Napoleon’s France, which of course never happened. (Or we would all be speaking French, which could never be allowed, harrumph, harrumph.) The fort saw a number of uses including a military prison in World War 1 and housed an anti-aircraft battery in World War Two, but has been a museum since 1977, expanding all the while to be now one of the largest military and wartime museums in he South-East of England.

A few pictures from inside and outside are at


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