John Shepherd-Barron - a tribute

The inventor of the ATM has sadly passed away, but not before he got to see his lifelong dream of securing not one, but now two (including the one inside Costcutters) free cash machines in the formerly cash-stricken Brockley Cross fulfilled.

Farewell old friend, your work here is done.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether his dream included the strangely London-only idea of having smelly newsagents charge up to £1.85 for the priviledge of using their machines?

Brockley Nick said...

Is that a London-only thing? I thought everyone had to suffer it.

Anonymous said...

Have never seen them anywhere else, other than perhaps in some service stations.

Brockley Nick said...

That's the first convincing argument I've ever heard for living somewhere other than London.

Monkeyboy said...

Slow news day?

Matt-Z said...

It's not a London thing. Plenty of motorway services have Link machines that charge for withdrawals.

Brockley Nick said...

Oi! For one thing, that is today's fourth story. For another, our second free cash machine (four including Tesco and Barclays) is BIG NEWS. Only three years ago, we had but one, in Crofton Park.

And people say that the ELL isn't transformational...

Anonymous said...

John Shepherd-Barron - Any relation?

Rachel said...

They definately charge up north too. My old local had a Link machine years ago which charged.

Brockley Nick said...

Nope, nor are Brian Barron or Keith Barron.

Brockley Nick said...

Phew - glad to hear it's a universal problem.

Tommo said...

It's not a London only thing but it's usually a big city thing. ATMs which charge a fee are usually found in poorer areas or places where there's a captive market (captive market includes poorer areas really since many people don't travel far on a daily basis)

Monkeyboy said...

Listen sex with farmyard animals is not only accepted but activley encouraged in the country. I read it in a book. £1.25 is a small penalty to be free of the pig fiddling weirdos.

Tamsin said...

What's the connection between the ELL and free ATMs in corner shops?

drakefell debaser said...

Pigs are a bit fierce, are they for the kinky type?

Brockley Nick said...

Well of course it was slightly tongue in cheek, but clearly there has been significant regeneration in Brockley over the last 3 years since the first article I wrote about the lack of a cash machine.

Click on the "cash-stricken" link, which bemoans the lack of the following:

1. a mini supermarket alternative to Costcutters. We now have Tesco and arguably Broca Food Market.

2. A cash machine that doesn't charge. We now have two in Brockley Cross and one on Lewisham Way.

3. A nice proper pub as an alternative to the Barge. We now have The Orchard, The Talbot and the Wickham has made some improvements.

It is all clearly related. There is more money and economic activity around Brockley Ststion. More businesses and entrepreneurs have taken risks around the station, that were never taken in the ten years beforehand.

It's pretty bloody obvious that this is to a large extent due to the East London Line and the optimism it has fuelled.

The ELL's transformational power isn't just theory, it's visible fact.

Monkeyboy said...

Not if you approach them with a handful of acorns and a winning smile. Apparently.

On the 8th day god created the ELL and he saw it provided good links to the rest of London...

Node said...

The Orchard may be many things, but I wouldn't class it as a 'proper pub'. Not overly enamoured with The Talbot either, £1.70 for half an ale, whilst they play the hits of the 80's.

The best local boozers are indeed The Wickham and also Skehans, which gets precious little press on here, because it's westside and the majority of people on here would rather bang on about the shipping container on Lewisham Way or other such eastside grievances...

Anonymous said...

I suggested it to the local MP's office some moons ago. don't know if that helped or not.

Anonymous said...

I've big up Skehan's I think it's a great little pub. I spend a very enjoyable night at the orvchard the other night too. Rammed on a Tuesday night so they must be doing something right.
T

Anonymous said...

Very Brockley-biased piece. We've had cash free machines in Crofton Park for years!

Wasn't the first cash machine used by Reg Varney?

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