Both these useful premises are situated at a community called Bedlington Station some two miles from Bedlington, although there hasn't been a station at Bedlington Station since 1964 when the "Blyth and Tyne" line closed for passenger services. There never was a station at Bedlington.
All this circumlocution is prompted by a remark from Barry, fbb's timetabular colleague. Barry was discussing the recent blog-saga about Dagenham Dock (There were five such blogs; to start again at No 1, click here) and proffered this suggestion. "Why don't you write about the Rainham Ferry?" That's Rainham on the eastern fringes of the Metropolis, in greater Romford; NOT Rainham in Kent.
And, indeed, this 1930s map clearly shows a riverside settlement called "Rainham Ferry". [Rainham Village (?) is top right of this map extract.]
So what delectable delights could be discovered there in the past? Morris men disporting themselves on the village green outside the Three Crowns? Waterside picnics in the searing heat of the British Summer? Cross river excursions to the wooded uplands of Kent? Or simply "workpeople" wearily wending their way over the tranquil waters of the Thames?
Soon, we shall see ...
Next blog : due Wednesday October 5th