Maze Hill and Station Early 20thC
A treat for anyone who enjoyed the picture of Vanbrugh Hill last week, supplied by the ever-knowledgeable Neil Rhind. Another from his bulging collection, not taken at exactly the same time, but still very early. It’s not as clear as the other photo, probably because of printing processes – this, as you can see is a postcard, of the ‘bird’s eye view’ variety…
He says “I noted that some readers were disappointed that Maze Hill Station was not included” and has sought to remedy the problem with a photo taken from the other side of it, which clearly includes (most of) the station.
The area behind it, now filled with apartment blocks, is a yard, and behind that is the much-disputed-in-the-past-but-alright-now-I-believe Westcombe Park Woodlands. Almost washed out right at the top centre is Vanbrugh Castle, and many of the houses in the picture are, astonishingly given two world wars, still with us, if somewhat ‘embellished’ with additional builds. The further up the hill you get the more intact it is, and of course the park is as it has been for the past 300-odd years.
Of course, bottom right isn’t the same. Where a hundred years ago was hung washing out to dry, is now the doomed-itself Arches leisure centre and telephone exchange.
Neil tells me that the white stuccoed building was Douglas House, sometime the Greenwich Liberal Club and afterwards as the Key Social and Athletics Club. He notes “I doubt much running and jumping took place but I suspect an awful lot of drinking.”
Can anyone here remember going to the LCC school in the bottom left corner? Its address used to be Creed Place before the whole road became Maze Hill.
Just when I think I’ve seen all the postcards Edwardian Greenwich had to offer, another bowls up. Keep ‘em coming, folks!
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