Lewisham transport history

Want to see what New Cross Gate's tram shelter looked like in 1923? Of course you do.

Click here for the London Transport Museum's Lewisham photography collection. The world looks a lot nicer when you don't litter every view with signs and when you take design for the public realm seriously. We're sure there's a lesson there somewhere, we just can't quite put our finger on it.

With thanks to FabHat for finding it.

10 comments:

nobbly brick said...

"take design for the public realm seriously"

you're teasing me aren't you?

BrockleyBiker said...

It's a shame to have lost all the trams. Trams are an excellent form pf public transport when done right.

Hugh said...

I wish I'd been this place when it was posh.

Hugh said...

Seen, even.

Tamsin said...

If you ever get a chance to see the short film "The Elephant will never forget" do so - about the last of the old London Trams coming back to the New Cross Depot with an amazing crowd turning out to say "goodbye".
Had me clutching at the tissue box even though I had never even travelled on a tram.

Anonymous said...

I watch lots of specialist films that have me reaching for a tissue.

nobbly brick said...

You can travel on a tram in Croydon, presumably as an escape device.

Brockley Kate said...

Tamsin - did you see any of the BBC series before Christmas about the old transport system? I caught bits and bobs, there was a programme about the Beeching 'reforms' and there was also a programme which included footage of the last London trams, I think it was a programme about the people who used to make public information programmes. (?!)
They had footage of the tram's last journey to the New Cross depot - probably from the film you saw!
It was really interesting.

Headhunter said...

Really fascinating to see those old shots! I read about the last tram's journey to NC in the 50s. Apparently at the end people were literally ripping pieces off the tram as memorabilia and what was left was burned. No recycling back in those days!

nobbly brick said...

Talking about memorabilia, I remember driving down the New Cross Road after Millwall had played their last game at the old Den - there were plenty of supporters staggering in and out of the traffic with huge pieces of turf over their shoulders!

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