Sorry about the premature posting. I was trying to do a complete blog on my smartphone and clearly failed!! Here goes again.
My last blog about William Roy generated a number of positive comments. One reminded me that around the same time as Roy was drawing his maps, a certain Mr John Harrison was trying to devise an accurate and portable time-piece to allow the measurement of longitude. That got me thinking of a project to walk a bit of the Greenwich Meridian, the baseline for longitude and now, for that matter, the baseline for time.
I didn’t have the OS maps for Greenwich and points north and south so a trip to cartophile heaven was called for. Stanfords in Longacre, Covent Garden, London has maps and guides for every journey you might want to make not just in the UK but throughout the world. They have the complete catalogue of Ordnance Survey maps. And an added bonus, there was a special offer of a free walking pole if you purchased three maps. I was planning to buy a pole and buying three maps is never an ordeal.
As I was already in London, there was an opportunity to add to my knowledge of Roy by visiting the blue plaque placed in his memory. It is in Argyle Street, a street very close to Oxford Circus that houses the famous London Palladium. Finding the street was easy but it was a little difficult finding the blue plaque as the building where he used to live is undergoing restoration and is covered in scaffolding. On looking carefully behind all the rigging I espied a carefully made wooden protector that was covering the plaque whilst the work progressed. I can’t say that I have seen the actual plaque but I know exactly where it will be when the restoration is complete.
Now its time to get out the new maps and start planning another minor expedition.