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Transpontine: Rave at the Crypt

As mentioned here before, the crypt of St Pauls Church in Deptford was extensively used for gigs and parties in the 1980s and 1990s. From the great phatmedia rave flyer archive 1 , here’s a couple more to prompt your memories. Mary’s House in November 1988 promised ‘100% pure house sounds’ with ‘DJ Merran and Graham Meacham’ Insanity Promotions’ Hallelujah was a fortnightly event starting in August 1991, with DJs including Andy Nichols, Scott Smith, Danny Monk with forthcoming guests Steve Lee and ‘Andy Weatherall (unconfirmed)’.

Wonder if he ever made it?

In those pre-internet days, membership was available from promoter Alan Main at an address in Lenville Way SE16 – that’s on the now demolished Bonamy Estate: References ^ phatmedia rave flyer archive (www.phatmedia.co.uk)

Transpontine: How Does it Feel to be Loved back at Montague Arms

Indie pop/soul club How Does it Feel to be Loved? 1 is back at the Montague Arms tomorrow night (Saturday February 6th), scene of its packed New Year’s Eve party recently: ‘We’re doing a series of one-off nights at venues in south London for the early part of 2016, and the first of these is at the Montague Arms in Peckham on Saturday February 6th. We’ve had two storming New Year’s Eve parties at the Monty, and we’re excited to come back for a regular HDIF. The Monty was one of south east London’s most characterful pubs, famed as a live venue and eccentric hostelry, until it closed in 2011 – it reopened in 2014, and has lost none of its former charm.

The pub itself has a good sized stage and dancefloor in one third, and then the bar and seating takes up the rest, so there’s no pesky bar queues getting in the way of the dancing. Our night on the 6th will start at 9pm and finish at 2am, with a guest DJ TBA. How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

The Montague Arms, 289 Queen’s Rd, London SE14 2PA, map of the venue here The Smiths * The Supremes * The Go-Betweens * Dusty Springfield * Belle & Sebastian * Love * Tammi Terrell * Aztec Camera * The Ronettes * Orange Juice * Beach Boys * The Temptations * Velvet Underground * Felt * The Shangri-Las * Primal Scream * Otis Redding * The Field Mice * Dexys Midnight Runners * Camera Obscura * The Four Tops * Melba Moore * The Orchids’ References ^ How Does it Feel to be Loved? (www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk)

Transpontine: Christ Stopped at Burgess Park: Arild Rosenkrantz's …

By Burgess Park in Wells Way SE5, in front of St George’s Church (now flats), there stands a war memorial ‘to the memory of those who served 1914-1918’. It features a bronze figure of Christ holding a crown of thorns. The statue, formally unveiled in 1920, was made by the Danish artist Arild Rosenkrantz 1 (1870-1964), an interesting character who subscribed to a mystical strand of Christianity strongly influenced by Rudolf Steiner.

Not sure if there’s any particular esoteric symbolism in the statue, but of course the crown of thorns is traditionally seen as being placed on Christ’s head in the lead up to the crucifixion. Here Christ appears to be either contemplating the crown or offering it – to suffering humanity? Much of the artist’s work dealt with religious/spiritual themes, with his paintings also infused by Steiner’s theories of the importance of colour.

Tempting to wonder if his c.1930 work, Temple of Peace, referenced St George’s Church in Camberwell.

References ^ Arild Rosenkrantz (www.arildrosenkrantz.dk)

Transpontine: Music Monday: Anarcho punk 1984 in New Cross …

‘Not Just Bits of Paper’, edited by Tony Bull and Mickey Penguin is ‘A series of recollections, memories, imagined dreams perhaps from the collective memories of those who lived through the punk and anarcho-punk years’ of the 1980s ( available from Situation Books 1 ). It includes lots of flyers and other ‘ephemera’ and I noticed these two from the Transpontine area. The first is from November 1984 and is for a gig at the Ambulance Station on the Old Kent Road.

This famous squatted venue was in what is now the home of Blue Mantle Antiques across the road from Old Kent Road Tescos – confusingly it is generally known as the old fire station; maybe it housed both emergency services in its history ( see more on the squat by the Ruinist 2 ). The line up for this gig looks good – Antisect were an incredibly powerful, almost heavy metal, hardcore band from Northamptonshire. No Defences, my favourite band from that scene, were very different – kind of mutant punk funk with mesmerising deadpan vocals.

They recorded an album for Crass’s label but it never got released – apparently there was too much bass for Crass to handle! Former members of the band are working on putting out some of that material now, so maybe it will finally get the appreciation it deserves 30 years later. Karma Sutra were my friends from Luton, where I was living at the time.

I travelled down with them in their van to the Ambulance Station a few times, and I know I saw them play there as well as Conflict, Chumbawamba, No Defences and State Hate, but I have no memory of seeing Antisect there, so not sure if I was at this particular gig. Exit-Stance were from Milton Keynes and Sedition from Northampton. 3 4 The second flyer is for a gig at the Goldsmiths Tavern (now the New Cross House) on 12 May 1984. Headliners Hagar the Womb 5 were originally an all-woman band which was very rare in the punk scene at that time, though later they also had male members including drummer Chris Knowles – who went on to become London acid tekno DJ/producer Chris Liberator.

Hagar, once described by Billy Bragg as the new Shangri- Las, reformed a few years ago. Support act State Hate 6 were in the Conflict hardcore punk mode. The picture below of Hagar the Womb was from an NME interview (11 August 1984), and was apparently taken in New Cross’s Fordham Park in the rain.

At least one member of the band then lived in the SE14 Nettleton Road 1980s punk nexus 7 (lots more about this band, and indeed the whole scene at the excellent Kill Your Pet Puppy site 8 ) References ^ available from Situation Books (www.situationpress.com) ^ see more on the squat by the Ruinist (homelesshome.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Karma Sutra (www.youtube.com) ^ Sedition (en.wikipedia.org) ^ Hagar the Womb (en.wikipedia.org) ^ State Hate (www.youtube.com) ^ SE14 Nettleton Road 1980s punk nexus (transpont.blogspot.co.uk) ^ Kill Your Pet Puppy site (killyourpetpuppy.co.uk)

Transpontine: South London Herbs

The 17th century London herbalist, astrologer and radical republican Nicholas Culpepper 1 was the author of The Complete Herbal 2 (1653). As well as containing lots of information about herbs and their (presumed) medicinal properties, Culpepper also records places where some plants are to be found growing, including various South London locations: Langue de Boeuf – ‘It grows wild in many places of this land, and may be plentifully found near London, as between Rotherhithe and Deptford, by the ditch side. Juniper Bush – ‘They grow plentifully in divers woods in Kent, Warney Common near Brentwood in Essex, upon Finchley Common without Highgate; hard by the New-found Wells near Dulwich, upon a Common between Mitcham and Croydon, in the Highgate near Amersham in Buckinghamshire, and many other places’.

Loosestrife, ‘with spiked heads of flowers’: ‘It is likewise called Grass-polly. It grows usually by rivers, and ditch-sides in wet ground, as about the ditches at and near Lambeth, and in many places of this land.’ Mithridate Mustard: ‘They grow in sundry places in this land, as half a mile from Hatfield, by the river side, under a hedge as you go to Hatfield, and in the street of Peckham on Surrey side’. Mallows and Marshmallows: ‘The common Mallows grow in every county of this land.

The common Marshmallows in most of the salt marshes, from Woolwich down to the sea, both on the Kentish and Essex shores, and in divers other places of this land… They flower all the Summer months, even until the Winter do pull them down. Venus owns them both’.

References ^ Nicholas Culpepper (en.wikipedia.org) ^ The Complete Herbal (archive.org)

Transpontine: Nunhead Reservoir: 'our secret place that …

As highlighted here before (see Whatever Happened to Nunhead Reservoir? 1 ) feelings are still running high about the closing off of the Nunhead Reservoir space, a semi-hidden green oasis overlooking London and now surrounded by a high barbed wire fence. ‘We want Thames Water to open Nunhead Reservoir to the public, so that everybody can enjoy the view and the open space. They can use some of the massive profit they make from their bill payers to supply bins and official entrances. Replant the trees they dug up and take down the ugly fence around the perimeter.

Nunhead Reservoir has one of the best views in South London. It has been a much loved picnicking spot, place to relax and hang out with friends for many years, and deserves to be officially opened so that everybody can enjoy it. London is being sold off piece by piece to private owners for private interests, let’s not let them take this much loved green space along with it’.

It seems that the closure might be related to a Government/police initiative to secure critical infrastructure from possible terrorist attack. Though as is pointed out in the podcast the water supply is readily accessible from unguarded manhole covers all over London. Rosanna Thompson at New Cross Commoners has posted a great podcast featuring people talking about Nunhead Reservoir, its history, future and what it means to them – including a couple who went there on their first date.

People describe it ‘our secret place that apparently’s not very secret’ and ‘a magical place in the middle of South London’. 2 References ^ Whatever Happened to Nunhead Reservoir? (transpont.blogspot.co.uk) ^ posted a great podcast (newxcommoners.wix.com)

Transpontine: Where are we now?

Bowie Tribute Nights at Ivy …

Various Bowie events coming up over next few days and weeks. ‘Let’s give our London boy the send off he deserves. It’s simple: let’s party to his tunes, have the Duke on the big projector screen and toast to his life and work all damn night long.

19:00: Decks up and spinning and Labrynth plus more footage on the big screen. Lovely Rob and Martine who both frequent and work at the pub will be playing their much loved records.

21:30: Resident DJ Billy, who entertained you for New Years brilliantly, will be seeing the night out on the decks. This is all about the love of the man so of course it is FREE ENTRY. Not strictly fancy dress but I feel like Ziggy would approve…

Let’s Dance XXXXXXX’ Black Star Ball at Amersham Arms On Friday 12th February, Enola Arts theatre presents ‘Where Are We Now? A celebratory tribute to David Bowie’ at the Amersham Arms in New Cross. The evening of live performance and art will be in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Acts taking part include The Featherz 1 : ‘previously featured on David Bowie’s website, and attired by Mark Charles and appearing in various Boy George videos, perform glitter glam rock that will have you slipping out of your catsuits’. Bruno Wizard 2 ( once of 1970s punk band The Homosexuals) will be providing some punk prose and time travel to the original era. More live acts to be confirmed, plus DJ Jean Genie, Art, Visuals, Professional Make Up Artist, Rebecca Rowe (‘will help you release your inner Stardust’, Bowie Art Auction, Strut your stuff as Bowie on the FAME Catwalk and more.

Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road (opposite New Cross station), London SE14 6TY References ^ The Featherz (facebook.com) ^ Bruno Wizard (heartofbrunowizard.com)

Transpontine: Death by Dancing: New Cross (1940) and …

A couple of tragic tales of death by dancing, hopefully those going out on New Year’s Eve can avoid such dangers. The first relates to the New Cross Palais de Danse – still going today as the Venue in New Cross Road – the second occured at a Christmas party in Bermondsey. ‘Witness ‘jitterbugs’ at inquest on girl who fell’ – Manchester Evening News, Friday 24 May 1940: Giving evidence at an inquest at Lewisham to-day, a young man stepped from the witness-box to give an exhibition of the jitterbug dance to the coroner, Dr. W.

H. Whitehouse. A verdict of accidental death was recorded on Virginia Guidotti (19), Wickham Road, Brockley, London, who died in hospital.

She had fallen while dancing the jitterbug, at New Cross Palais de Danse. Henry George Cox, of Park Hill Road. Deptford, said they danced the jitterbug, in which he explained they did all kinds of fantastic and funny things.

He then stepped on to the coroner s bench and, locking his hands, went through various movements of the dance. At one stage, he said, the girl fell backwards on the floor and he fell on her. The Coroner: It is peculiar.

It sounds to me very vulgar. Cox said that after the fall he suggested that the girl should have a glass of water and she said that she would be all right. Evidence was given that the management of the Palais de Danse had made efforts to stop the dance being performed. ‘The Fatal Thirteen – Death from excessive dancing’- South London Press, 3 January 1903: Dr Waldo held an inquest at the Southwark Coroner’s Court on Wednesday on the body of Mary Ann Cocklin, aged 35 years, the wife of a Bermondsey labourer.

John Cocklin, the husband, stated that he and the deceased went to a Christmas party at the house of a relative on Christmas Day, and kept on dancing until after midnight. Deceased then lay down to rest, but awoke in a fright, screaming that three men were after her. Dr Waldo: Had she been drinking any spirits?

Witness: No, sir, only port wine. We had nothing but port wine, any of us. Dr Waldo: What happened when she came to herself again?

Witness: She went down stairs and resumed dancing to the music of an automated piano organ we had in the house. I next heard she was very ill, and that she had again gone to rest, but had turned giddy and fallen down the stairs. Dr Waldo: How many?

Witness: The fatal 13. Susan Poore, a neighbour, stated that she heard the deceased fall. She was taken to Guys Hospital, where she died the same day.

The medical evidence showed that death was due to fracture of the thigh caused by the fall, which was the result of giddiness produced by dancing.

A verdict was returned accordingly’.