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oat44

Member since May 2011 • Last active Apr 2021
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    is that the right block?

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    Oaten

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    I didn't know Stella Artois made biscuits? But yes on the pricy side.

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    Good range of biscuits anyway

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    Pasting part of the comment here. Really interesting, basically two periods of police officers marking the wall
    "Us young coppers on duty became aware of our old comrades numbers on the wall. I think that we were told about it by local residents. Various theories abounded about the origins of the numbers including WW1 wartime Specials protecting the Thames Water Head (it’s the boundary wall) – there are numbers from that era. Also that police were drafted from other divisions following a vicious Victorian era murder (I think there may be some W Division numbers ad others). Both could be true including those already put forward.
    I think us hairy kids of the 70’s were careful not to desecrate the history, but a few of us added our numbers slightly away from the older ones"

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    You got me in a rabbit hole of the correct pronunciation of υ but I'd say it serves a cunning clue for this. Like it.

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    I was so busy writing that writeup I didn't notice it was the same place. I think my focus was on the geological part of spa green / saddler's wells having come from Springfields, and Will's was on the garden itself. But I was probably standing where Will's bike was to take my shot. Hey ho.

    No idea about the origin of 666

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    Mine was Free Trade Wharf, a 1980s apartment block next to Free Trade Wharf, older converted warehouses built by East India Company, the rejected tag :)

    A bold claim perhaps, but I think this is where a major fire started in 1794, destroying the surrounding area then known as Ratcliffe. It is said to be the largest fire London experienced between the Great Fire of London and the Blitz.

    I think several things point to the tag's location. It started at a barge builder at 'Cock Hill' - [note Cockhill wharf on the map]. It then ignited a barge carrying Saltpetre (potassium nitrate) which then set the Saltpetre warehouse itself on fire. The Free Trade Wharf built in the early 1800's is referred to here as being formerly a Saltpetre warehouse. (Upside down:)

    It then spread north and eastwards along what is now the Highway (then the Ratcliffe Highway, or Broad Street on the map) until it reached the west part of Narrow Street.

    The rescue effort was also worth a read.

    http://www.wickedwilliam.com/ratcliff-gr­eat-fire-london/

    https://isleofdogslife.wordpress.com/tag­/fire-of-ratcliffe-1794/

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    ^^Well that would be telling :)
    I'll say more about it after

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    Clue: near to a spot made famous by Willoughby and Frobisher

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