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Was The Marshes

04Jun13

Our band of weekend ramblers left south London early for the beautiful north Kent marshes and during the hour’s car journey east, we imagined a dash to a future airport terminal where a sprawl of concrete ramps and runways would take over the landscape – all yet to be built but ‘on the drawing board,’ as they say.

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Nunhead’s occupants were some of Victorian society’s hoi-palloi: Chemist, Frederick Augustus Abel, inventor of cordite is there .. I traipsed along the ever-encroached paths to see yet more tombs and mausolea, some covered by mother nature, just as a thousand tragic repercussions of social expansion were now overtaken by industrial progress: the ghosts of London’s tycoons, their children and their slumming workers.