Following Bradshaw’s Descriptive Railway Handbook (1861 Edition) – The Hounslow Loop Line

Bradshaw’s was one of the earliest modern guide books and the earliest editions dealt with railway timetables but by the early 1860’s, information about what was in the area had started to appear. So, armed with my 1861 reproduction of the guide, we are going to be following the Hounslow Loop line to see what was mentioned in Bradshaw’s at each stop and how much of it, if anything remains.

The Lost Founder Members of the Rugby Football Union – Part 1

On 26th January 1871, twenty one rugby clubs met in London to found the Rugby Football Union. Eight of them still exist, but what happened to the others? Found out their legacy as The Squire looks at the histories of these long lost clubs.

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The Lost Cinemas of Richmond Upon Thames

Today, you can still pay a visit a cinema in Richmond Upon Thames. It was also home to a number that are no longer there. Join The Squire as he takes you on a journey to show where they were and what happened to them.

Restoring The Last 4 VEP British Rail Class 423 (Part 2)

The British Rail 423 class of train entered service in 1967 and continued to be a mainstay of lines in South London as well as Kent, Sussex and Hampshire for the next 38 years. Here, in the second and last part of this series, the Squire meets up with a dedicated band of enthusiasts who are looking to restore the last remaining 423.

If you wish to help with the restoration of this train, please follow this link.