8 Interesting Facts about Signal Boxes

1. In its familiar form, a raised structure with large windows enabling signalman to maintain a look-out, the signal box evolved in the early 1860s from huts and towers housing policeman. 2. Signal boxes were an integral part of the ‘block’ system which was introduced gradually between the 1860s and the 1880s to ensure that there was an interval of space (or block) between trains running over the same length of track. 3. The signal box as we know it todayRead more

New Discovery at the ‘Home of Easter’

After almost 20 years of intermittent excavation on the Whitby Abbey Headland we were putting together the records and drawn plans of a 7th century Anglian cemetery, which lay some distance to the south of the ruined 13th century abbey church. As she pulled them together our colleague, the late Sarah Jennings, saw that there had been a rectangular area in the centre of the cemetery, surrounded by close packed burials, and defined by trenches and stone walls. She hadRead more

Victorian and Edwardian London at the Dawn of the Steel Age

If you could put on a pair of X-Ray Specs and turn your gaze to some of London’s finest Victorian and Edwardian buildings, what do you think you might see? Assuming they were the real deal, and not the American novelty item that merely creates an optical illusion of seeing through or into solid objects, you might be surprised to see intricate metal structure within. On closer examination you might see columns, girders, beams, joists, trusses, bolts and rivets, allRead more