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Transpontine: Rave at the Crypt

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

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 …

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 …

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

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)