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History buffs will love this documentary (although the clue is in the title there really, isn't it), it looks at the history of some of Scotland's most famous streets as the country decides whether they want to go it alone. Phil and Aunt Sal turn up at Ronnie's after hearing that a familiar face is back in Albert Square. After the passport and visa work at the airport, wea€™ll meet you in the airport and board our luxury bus to go to our charming hotel in Aya Sophia district for our FIRST night in Istanbul.
This morning wea€™ll begin our journey by traveling to Safranbolu, a 13th Century Turkish-Greek town. After spending our morning visiting local craftsmen and beautiful old houses in Safranbolu, wea€™ll travel to the Turkish capitol city of Ankara which is the home of the great Anatolian Civilizations Museum. After a 4-5 hour drive through the scenic Anatolian plateau to arrive at the one of the natural wonders of the world: Cappadocia.
Wea€™ll travel thru the magnificent Toros mountains, just like the Crusaders did several times in 12 and 13th centuries. From Konya, our journey will take us thru the mountains and valleys and wea€™ll arrive at a small lakeside town of Egirdir.
Thru the Pamukkale (Cottoncastle) region, we drive to the magnificent Ephesus and its colossal Greek theater. Thank you very much again for your interest in traveling to Turkey with us in those dates. After the passport and visa work at the airport, wea€™ll meet you in the airport and board our luxury bus to go to our charming hotel in Aya Sophia district for our FIRST night in Istanbul.
This morning wea€™ll begin our journey by traveling to Safranbolu, a 13th Century Turkish-Greek town. After spending our morning visiting local craftsmen and beautiful old houses in Safranbolu, wea€™ll travel to the Turkish capitol city of Ankara which is the home of the great Anatolian Civilizations Museum.
After a 4-5 hour drive through the scenic Anatolian plateau to arrive at the one of the natural wonders of the world: Cappadocia. Wea€™ll travel thru the magnificent Toros mountains, just like the Crusaders did several times in 12 and 13th centuries.
From Konya, our journey will take us thru the mountains and valleys and wea€™ll arrive at a small lakeside town of Egirdir.
Thru the Pamukkale (Cottoncastle) region, we drive to the magnificent Ephesus and its colossal Greek theater. We will depart our hotel after a nice farewell breakfast and catch our planes to back home !
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We’ll travel thru the magnificent Toros mountains, just like the Crusaders did several times in 12 and 13th centuries. Day 15: END OF OUR JOURNEY:We will depart our hotel after a nice farewell breakfast and catch our planes to back home !
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FREE AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Tour participants are entitled to airport tranesfers on scheduled tour arrival and departure days in Turkey between 7AM and 11PM. Thank you very much again for your interest in traveling to Turkey with us in those dates. After the passport and visa work at the airport, we’ll meet you in the airport and board our luxury bus to go to our charming hotel in Aya Sophia district for our FIRST night in Istanbul.
This morning we’ll begin our journey by traveling to Safranbolu, a 13th Century Turkish-Greek town. After spending our morning visiting local craftsmen and beautiful old houses in Safranbolu, we’ll travel to the Turkish capitol city of Ankara which is the home of the great Anatolian Civilizations Museum.
After a 4-5 hour drive through the scenic Anatolian plateau to arrive at the one of the natural wonders of the world: Cappadocia.
We’ll travel thru the magnificent Toros mountains, just like the Crusaders did several times in 12 and 13th centuries.
From Konya, our journey will take us thru the mountains and valleys and we’ll arrive at a small lakeside town of Egirdir.
We will depart our hotel after a nice farewell breakfast and catch our planes to back home ! Charles Booth's vast 1886 Survey of London ranks each one of London streets according to the class of their residents. When he was finished, he'd produced a series of stunning social maps, which colour-code each of London's streets according to the class of its residents - from yellow for the Servant Keepers, all the way down to black, for Vicious and Semi-Criminal. I remember sitting in a greasy spoon near Borough Market in London, and putting the idea for The Secret History Of Our Streets to my friend the director Brian Hill. I told him we should go back to Booth's original study, to find out what had happened to the streets he'd visited 130 years earlier.
We were determined that the people of each street would tell their own story, collectively, for themselves.
But handing over the story to the residents was a challenge, because most knew only fragments of the street's story.
There were no 'experts' in Deptford High Street and historians don't specialise in single streets. When our young cub researcher walked in to John Price's Bent Can discount shop on the high street, John right away told him to "F*** off!" What did he know about Deptford High Street?! But experience taught me that the best documentary characters can often seem that way, so I asked my assistant producer Jaime Taylor to go in again, this time wearing a crash helmet. His family had spent two years living in their house, surrounded by rubble, because they didn't want to go. Nearly all the Victorian terraces that had once fed into the high street had been pulled down in the 60s and 70s and there was no official account of the mass demolition. Jaime spent weeks in the London Metropolitan Archives, going through thousands of uncatalogued papers, thrown in boxes, half a century earlier.
To our astonishment, these hand-written notes seemed to confirm what John and the Deptford people had told us.
And through the series, every time we drilled down into the history of a single street, our researchers kept coming up with stories which seemed to re-write the history of London. On Portland Road, Notting Hill we found multi-million pound houses once occupied by a family of eight in each room. On Reverdy Road, Bermondsey we found the aristocratic landowning family that built the street more than a century earlier.
Joseph Bullman is the co-producer of the series The Secret History Of Our Streets and the director of episodes one and four. BBC Four has launched The London Collection, a selection of archive BBC programmes which you can watch in full on BBC iPlayer. Comments made by writers on the BBC TV blog are their own opinions and not necessarily those of the BBC.
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Wea€™ll relax and rest before we embark for a lovely dinner at an authentic Istanbul restaurant. This is declared a World Heritage Site by UNICEF since it is a unique urban settlement with very democratic architecture ideals. This museum contains artifacts from the earliest communities in Catal Hoyuk to the Roman period. On the way, wea€™ll stop in the village of Hacibektash, the village where the founder of the Bektashi order of dervishes; Hadji Bektas-i Veli lived during the time of Rumi and developed a heterodox lineage of Sufism which is known as one of the most tolerant and egalitarian sects in the Sufi world.
Here wea€™ll visit Mersin, Latifa€™s hometown and have lunch with his family so you can experience a real traditional Turkish urban family. Ephesus has many great sites to see, such as the Marble Road, the Celsius Library and the Temple of Diana. Wea€™ll relax and rest before we embark for a lovely dinner at an authentic Istanbul restaurant.
This is declared a World Heritage Site by UNICEF since it is a unique urban settlement with very democratic architecture ideals. This museum contains artifacts from the earliest communities in Catal Hoyuk to the Roman period. On the way, wea€™ll stop in the village of Hacibektash, the village where the founder of the Bektashi order of dervishes; Hadji Bektas-i Veli lived during the time of Rumi and developed a heterodox lineage of Sufism which is known as one of the most tolerant and egalitarian sects in the Sufi world.
Here wea€™ll visit Mersin, Latifa€™s hometown and have lunch with his family so you can experience a real traditional Turkish urban family.
Ephesus has many great sites to see, such as the Marble Road, the Celsius Library and the Temple of Diana.
OurTours do NOT sell such insurance Please note: Lat Tours is not liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings, for personal injury, accident or illness. Even though we try to provide the best alternatives for non-smoking hotels, restaurants and other public places, you might still encounter some smoking. These buses are for either 15 or 30 passenger capacity depending on the number of the participants.
Any deposit that is sent towards booking a tour constitutes full knowledge, acceptance and agreement of the cancellation policy. Here we’ll visit Mersin, Latif’s hometown and have lunch with his family so you can experience a real traditional Turkish urban family.
HEALTH RESTRICTIONS: Please realize that Turkey is not like the US in terms of smoking and other allergy related issues. This will be the ALL INCLUSIVE, LAND ONLY fee (Istanbul-to-Istanbul tour in Turkey between these dates).
We’ll relax and rest before we embark for a lovely dinner at an authentic Istanbul restaurant. This is declared a World Heritage Site by UNICEF since it is a unique urban settlement with very democratic architecture ideals. On the way, we’ll stop in the village of Hacibektash, the village where the founder of the Bektashi order of dervishes; Hadji Bektas-i Veli lived during the time of Rumi and developed a heterodox lineage of Sufism which is known as one of the most tolerant and egalitarian sects in the Sufi world. Here we’ll visit Mersin, Latif’s hometown and have lunch with his family so you can experience a real traditional Turkish urban family.
OurTours do NOT sell such insurance Please note: Lat Tours is not liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings, for personal injury, accident or illness.
Any deposit that is sent towards booking a tour constitutes full knowledge, acceptance and agreement of the cancellation policy. Now in a major series for BBC Two, The Secret History Of Our Streets returns to six archetypal London streets visited by Booth to discover how their fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the last 125 years. Starting in 1886, it took Booth 17 years to visit every one of its tens of thousands of streets.


But when Charles Booth had arrived in the 1890s it was the Oxford Street of south London - so prosperous that many of its working class shopkeepers kept domestic servants. Independence is great craic, well except when the government and bankers squander all your money, but besides that. There will also be plenty of time to stroll around Aya Sophia and the Sultanahmet district both in the afternoon and after dinner.
Here wea€™ll stroll thru the cobblestone streets during the sunset and enjoy the Turkish Bath a€?Hamama€? experience in a 13th century bathhouse. It is also known as the Hittite Museum and reflects the culture these people of a€?one thousand Godsa€?. Wea€™ll spend 3 full days in Cappadocia exploring the mysterious and mystical lunar landscape and rock hewn early Christian churches dating back to the 7th-13th Century AD all around the Valley.
From there wea€™ll go to Kizkalesi and enjoy the sun, history and beaches and wea€™ll stay at a beachside resort.
Strolling along the shores of the lake and imagining the old life style existed here many hundreds years ago will be a memorable experience. During our stay in Selcuk, wea€™ll also visit the incredible Ephesus Archaeological Museum where you can see many precious artifacts such as the one and only statue of Goddess Artemis. There will also be plenty of time to stroll around Aya Sophia and the Sultanahmet district both in the afternoon and after dinner. It is also known as the Hittite Museum and reflects the culture these people of a€?one thousand Godsa€?.
Wea€™ll spend 3 full days in Cappadocia exploring the mysterious and mystical lunar landscape and rock hewn early Christian churches dating back to the 7th-13th Century AD all around the Valley.
From there wea€™ll go to Kizkalesi and enjoy the sun, history and beaches and wea€™ll stay at a beachside resort. Strolling along the shores of the lake and imagining the old life style existed here many hundreds years ago will be a memorable experience. During our stay in Selcuk, wea€™ll also visit the incredible Ephesus Archaeological Museum where you can see many precious artifacts such as the one and only statue of Goddess Artemis. The sooner you sign up for a tour, the better the chances are that we will be able to find a roommate for you. If you need any medical service during the tour, we will happily help you get a doctor or take you to a clinic.
We’ll relax and rest before we embark for a lovely dinner at an authentic Istanbul restaurant.
From there we’ll go to Kizkalesi and enjoy the sun, history and beaches and we’ll stay at a beachside resort. Even though we try to provide the best alternatives for non-smoking hotels, restaurants and other public places, you might still encounter some smoking. REFUND POLICY : The below policy will be strictly adhered to regardless of the reason for cancellation. There will also be plenty of time to stroll around Aya Sophia and the Sultanahmet district both in the afternoon and after dinner.
Here we’ll stroll thru the cobblestone streets during the sunset and enjoy the Turkish Bath “Hamam” experience in a 13th century bathhouse. It is also known as the Hittite Museum and reflects the culture these people of “one thousand Gods”.
We’ll spend 3 full days in Cappadocia exploring the mysterious and mystical lunar landscape and rock hewn early Christian churches dating back to the 7th-13th Century AD all around the Valley. From there we’ll go to Kizkalesi and enjoy the sun, history and beaches and we’ll stay at a beachside resort.
Strolling along the shores of the lake and imagining the old life style existed here many hundreds years ago will be a memorable experience. During our stay in Selcuk, we’ll also visit the incredible Ephesus Archaeological Museum where you can see many precious artifacts such as the one and only statue of Goddess Artemis. The sooner you sign up for a tour, the better the chances are that we will be able to find a roommate for you. If you need any medical service during the tour, we will happily help you get a doctor or take you to a clinic.
The kind of person who was so good at conjuring up a lost past that he ought to get paid just to stand in his shop and talk. Anyways, back to the show, so tonight it focuses on Edinburgh's Moray Estate, which the Earl of Moray commissioned architect James Gillespie Graham to design in 1822 as an expansion of the New Town, and which remains one of the most upmarket and exclusive areas of the capital.
Wea€™ll be staying at an old Princea€™s house and have a lovely dinner in the beautiful courtyard. Wea€™ll tour the amazing underground cities and churches, and experience the life of these unique people from 1500 years ago. This is the perfect time to go into the Mediterranean Sea and swim to the mid-sea castle from the time of the Templars. Wea€™ll be watching the sunset in Pamukkale, literally means a€?cotton castlea€? where ancients Romans and Greeks enjoyed hot springs for centuries.
We will also visit the house and little chapel where the Virgin Mary lived during her final days. After checking in our comfortable hotel in the Old City, wea€™ll explore this ancient and exciting city from Museums to the streets to the bazaars and restaurants. Wea€™ll tour the amazing underground cities and churches, and experience the life of these unique people from 1500 years ago.
This is the perfect time to go into the Mediterranean Sea and swim to the mid-sea castle from the time of the Templars. Wea€™ll be watching the sunset in Pamukkale, literally means a€?cotton castlea€? where ancients Romans and Greeks enjoyed hot springs for centuries. We will also visit the house and little chapel where the Virgin Mary lived during her final days.
If you wish to share your room and we cannot find a roommate, the single supplement fee will be waived.
However the passenger will need to pay the expenses to the doctor or clinic after or before the medical service provided.
Also, even though there is no heavy hiking involved in this tour, certain level of walking on uneven terrain will be required since most of the historical sites are scattered in wide areas. CANCELLATIONS: LAT TOURS reserves the right to cancel any tours prior to departure for any reasons, including insufficient number of participants and safety issues. We’ll be staying at an old Prince’s house and have a lovely dinner in the beautiful courtyard. We’ll tour the amazing underground cities and churches, and experience the life of these unique people from 1500 years ago. This is the perfect time to go into the Mediterranean Sea and swim to the mid-sea castle from the time of the Templars.
We’ll be watching the sunset in Pamukkale, literally means “cotton castle” where ancients Romans and Greeks enjoyed hot springs for centuries. After checking in our comfortable hotel in the Old City, we’ll explore this ancient and exciting city from Museums to the streets to the bazaars and restaurants.
If you wish to share your room and we cannot find a roommate, the single supplement fee will be waived. However the passenger will need to pay the expenses to the doctor or clinic after or before the medical service provided.
Today the Grove is an elegant oddity; a broad, leafy street of fine Georgian houses set in the heart of the inner city.
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Wea€™ll visit the 2000 year old city of Hierapolis and admire the tombs of many traditions concentrated in this a€?healing citya€?. We will return to our hotel in Kusadasi, 20 minutes away and enjoy a very relaxing evening on the Aegean Coast.
Established on two continents, Istanbul has been a fascinating city for centuries for people from every walk of life.
Wea€™ll be staying at an old Princea€™s house and have a lovely dinner in the beautiful courtyard.
We will return to our hotel in Kusadasi, 20 minutes away and enjoy a very relaxing evening on the Aegean Coast. Once the tour commences, if you degide you no longer want to share a room, you will have to pay double the original singgle supplement fee in order to compensate for your roommate's single room as well.
Since this tour covers half of Turkey, there will be some bus traveling involved every day. Also, even though there is no heavy hiking involved in this tour, certain level of walking on uneven terrain will be required since most of the historical sites are scattered in wide areas. We’ll visit the 2000 year old city of Hierapolis and admire the tombs of many traditions concentrated in this “healing city”. Established on two continents, Istanbul has been a fascinating city for centuries for people from every walk of life. Once the tour commences, if you degide you no longer want to share a room, you will have to pay double the original singgle supplement fee in order to compensate for your roommate's single room as well. Through its long history the Grove has come full circle from middle class prosperity; to tight knit working class community and back to middle class affluence again.
Our houses and flats are tiny theatres where the intimate domestic dramas of our lives play out without us even realising."This combination of historic stories with the personal attachment we have to our homes – and the national obsession with houses – creates a fascinating window into the past," says architectural historian and author Melanie Backe-Hansen. Wea€™ll spend our evenings at luxury accommodations and experience the local cuisine and local culture in the evenings. Once it was called Constantinople, it was conquered by the Turkish Sultan Fatih in 1453 AD.
Wea€™ll spend our evenings at luxury accommodations and experience the local cuisine and local culture in the evenings. Established on two continents, Istanbul has been a fascinating city for centuries for people from every walk of life.
Since this tour covers half of Turkey, there will be some bus traveling involved every day.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: * A deposit of 500 Usd - 350 Euro per person is required upon registration.
We’ll spend our evenings at luxury accommodations and experience the local cuisine and local culture in the evenings. Once it was called Constantinople, it was conquered by the Turkish Sultan Fatih in 1453 AD. Through the lively, often passionate accounts of residents past and present the film tells the story of the changing faces of this remarkable street and the people who have lived in and loved its beautiful houses. While in Cappadocia we will visit some carpet weavers and listen to their stories about carpet weaving. In this museum, there are exhibits of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts, and various ethnographic artifacts. Maybe the best kept secret of the entire Turkish sites, wea€™ll be transported to the days of Mother Goddess.
The evening will proceed with a dinner of local cuisine accompanied with local folk music and dances at a very friendly restaurant.
While in Cappadocia we will visit some carpet weavers and listen to their stories about carpet weaving.


In this museum, there are exhibits of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts, and various ethnographic artifacts. The evening will proceed with a dinner of local cuisine accompanied with local folk music and dances at a very friendly restaurant. Once it was called Constantinople, it was conquered by the Turkish Sultan Fatih in 1453 AD. This will be the ALL INCLUSIVE, LAND ONLY fee (Istanbul-to-Istanbul tour in Turkey between these dates). Here we’ll stroll thru the cobblestone streets during the sunset and enjoy the Turkish Bath “Hamam” experience in a 13th century bathhouse. Any deposit that is sent towards booking a tour constitutes full knowledge, acceptance and agreement of the cancellation policy. While in Cappadocia we will visit some carpet weavers and listen to their stories about carpet weaving. It also reveals how the fate of the Grove was intimately bound up with the monstrous growth of the Victorian city of London and the birth of the modern conservation movement.
Wea€™ll make a campfire in an open field among the a€?fairy chimneysa€? and listen to the music of the Bektashis and the other Sufis performed by Latif and his musician friends from Turkey.
Thata€™s why you will be amazed with the variety of people, artifacts, food, and scenery in this wonderfully exciting city. Wea€™ll make a campfire in an open field among the a€?fairy chimneysa€? and listen to the music of the Bektashis and the other Sufis performed by Latif and his musician friends from Turkey. Maybe the best kept secret of the entire Turkish sites, wea€™ll be transported to the days of Mother Goddess. We’ll be staying at an old Prince’s house and have a lovely dinner in the beautiful courtyard.
We’ll make a campfire in an open field among the “fairy chimneys” and listen to the music of the Bektashis and the other Sufis performed by Latif and his musician friends from Turkey.
In this museum, there are exhibits of Dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts, and various ethnographic artifacts.
During our stay here, wea€™ll visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye and Rustem Pasha Mosques, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Military Museum, Islamic Art Museum, Whirling Dervishes ceremony and many other wonderful places. TOUR BUS INFORMATION: Transportation will be by private air-conditioned new Mercedes, Volkswagen or Isuzu deluxe buses. That’s why you will be amazed with the variety of people, artifacts, food, and scenery in this wonderfully exciting city. The dinner will take place at a fine restaurant overlooking the beautifully lighted tomb of Rumi.
The dinner will take place at a fine restaurant overlooking the beautifully lighted tomb of Rumi. These buses are for either 15 or 30 passenger capacity depending on the number of the participants. During our stay here, we’ll visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye and Rustem Pasha Mosques, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Military Museum, Islamic Art Museum, Whirling Dervishes ceremony and many other wonderful places. After the dinner, wea€™ll be treated with mystical music and whirling of the dervishes by our good friends from the Mevlevi order of Sufis in Konya.
After the dinner, wea€™ll be treated with mystical music and whirling of the dervishes by our good friends from the Mevlevi order of Sufis in Konya. During our stay here, wea€™ll visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye and Rustem Pasha Mosques, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Military Museum, Islamic Art Museum, Whirling Dervishes ceremony and many other wonderful places.
It is also known as the Hittite Museum and reflects the culture these people of “one thousand Gods”. After the dinner, we’ll be treated with mystical music and whirling of the dervishes by our good friends from the Mevlevi order of Sufis in Konya. The dinner will take place at a fine restaurant overlooking the beautifully lighted tomb of Rumi.
This will give you an idea how Rumi lived 800 years ago at the same spot, maybe 10 meters away! This will give you an idea how Rumi lived 800 years ago at the same spot, maybe 10 meters away! This will give you an idea how Rumi lived 800 years ago at the same spot, maybe 10 meters away! You think it's a small story – because they're microcosmic actually, but then they become a gateway into these other things.
On the way, we’ll stop in the village of Hacibektash, the village where the founder of the Bektashi order of dervishes; Hadji Bektas-i Veli lived during the time of Rumi and developed a heterodox lineage of Sufism which is known as one of the most tolerant and egalitarian sects in the Sufi world. We’ll spend 3 full days in Cappadocia exploring the mysterious and mystical lunar landscape and rock hewn early Christian churches dating back to the 7th-13th Century AD all around the Valley. We’ll be watching the sunset in Pamukkale, literally means “cotton castle” where ancients Romans and Greeks enjoyed hot springs for centuries. Bullman's residents appear heroic – this is an unabashed celebration of normal folk and where they live, of people who are often overlooked. We’ll tour the amazing underground cities and churches, and experience the life of these unique people from 1500 years ago. We’ll visit the 2000 year old city of Hierapolis and admire the tombs of many traditions concentrated in this “healing city”. We’ll spend our evenings at luxury accommodations and experience the local cuisine and local culture in the evenings. Maybe the best kept secret of the entire Turkish sites, we’ll be transported to the days of Mother Goddess.
But in a blackly comic portion of archive we see him telling baffled residents of the Gorbals' maligned – possibly unfairly – new Hutchesontown "Hutchie C" superblocks he built, to grow peach trees on their balconies.The architect Le Corbusier said that homes are machines for living.
We’ll make a campfire in an open field among the “fairy chimneys” and listen to the music of the Bektashis and the other Sufis performed by Latif and his musician friends from Turkey. During our stay in Selcuk, we’ll also visit the incredible Ephesus Archaeological Museum where you can see many precious artifacts such as the one and only statue of Goddess Artemis. The Secret History of Our Streets deploys archive film and tattered photos to bring families to glorious life.
After checking in our comfortable hotel in the Old City, we’ll explore this ancient and exciting city from Museums to the streets to the bazaars and restaurants. That’s why you will be amazed with the variety of people, artifacts, food, and scenery in this wonderfully exciting city. During our stay here, we’ll visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye and Rustem Pasha Mosques, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Military Museum, Islamic Art Museum, Whirling Dervishes ceremony and many other wonderful places. The people I take there are always fascinated with this area's history so I was looking forward to watching this programme and adding to my knowledge of Deptford High Street . Whereas I agree with the sentiment that the old houses shouldn't have been demolished there are many positive things the film makers could have shown and chose not to.
They selected a stall holder bemoaning the fact that his customers were no longer English but they didn't how how vibrant and busy the street market can be. There was no mention of the recent attempts at regeneration with a new school, individually owned shops and good cafes like the Deptford Project. Where was the beautiful baroque St Paul's Church, recently restored and one of the most attractive churches in London? Where was the Albany Arts Centre with its interesting programme of music, drama and arts projects? We had a glimpse of the restored Albury Street with its early 18th c houses at the end of the documentary but this was the only positive.
Deptford has had many problems over the years which cannot be denied but this was a totally unbalanced view of a street with a fascinating story to tell. The 'nervous breakdowns' and pill prescriptions painfully described in the film are only the very small part of an untold human catastrophe caused by these clearances that has been minimised and covered up by those responsible. Although I didnt work in Deptford, I remember the GLC had large redevelopment schemes in the area. They often used the local authority eho's to try to declare streets unfit for habitation - probably so that when the house was declared unfit, it would be worth less and the cost of compulsory purchse was less.
In Forest Hill there was a large area that was due for demolition and most of them were not unfit ( a GLC scheme) but there was a small area close by that was marginally unfit that I was involved with. By the early 70s councils had powers and resources to give grants for improvements on an individual or area basis; my head of section Bob Davis pioneered these improvement schemes in Lewisham and the first one was in Brookmill Rd Deptford.
By the mid 70s slum clearance was over ; but the 'damage' had been done in more than one sense!The programme didnt make clear that the LCC and GLC after it sometimes tried to overrule what the local council wanted. And there was a political dimension, when many Labour Councils wanted to maximise municipalisation of housing.
It was the same in Bristol ( where I worked after 1974)Two other comment abouts the programme i) I'd be interested in the archived documents re ehos reports. My parents grew up in the local area, and I remember walking under the bridge and into Deptford High Street with my Grandfather treating me to an ice cream from the Italian ice cream shop, which was a "foreign" luxury in those days, a few years after the finish of rationing.
My grandparents were one of the few in the road to own their own house, which the council made the subject of a compulsory purchase order for a fraction of the true price. When my Uncle took on the council to fight the case for true compensation, they moved in problem families to neighbouring houses to drive them out.
Eventually they had to admit defeat, and move out of London, which they loved, to Lincolnshire to be able to afford to buy another property. As your documentary shows, many people can be in the same earnings bracket due to circumstances out of their control (coming from many different backgrounds with different beliefs and viewpoints) involuntarily pushed together, could fracture our society in this class even further than has ever been seen before in our history. I am young and new to London and have always been confused by the mix of old and new housing in the capital. I knew much was due to the bliz but this total disregard for period architecture is unexceptable. Paul 25 London Complain about this comment (Comment number 34) Comment number 35.
I feel quite angry for the people who had the hearts ripped out of their communities by the faceless planners.
It wasn't just Deptford this happened, it was all over London, and their replacements have led to many of the social problems we have today.
The editing was excellent and the story all the more prevalent given the fact that London is firmly in the limelight at the moment given the recent Jubilee and the forthcoming Olympics. I congratulate the makers and the BBC for their bravery in commisioning and airing the programme. We got to see a personal and poignant side of an inner London working class enclave that is all too easily forgotten. I thought that it showed an enduring sense of community and cameraderie.For those who thought it biased against the Council and its post war planners, well unfortunately, it was, and i hope this is justified and borne out to be a fair reflection as the series continues. This wasn't just a community that was evicted but individual lives that were ireperably changed.
If you want a TV programme extolling the virtues of the current area either make one youself or watch an local council advert. William Powell Griffiths was my great grandfather and this shop was one of six grocery shops he owned and ran in South London.



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