Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup to Green Street Green High Street
Wednesday September 11th 2013
We were waiting between the 2 Mary’s (having just celebrated Mary’s birthday) that is the Queen, which is the hospital and the Saint which along with her son, Christ the King, is a 6th form college, very evident from the range of younger passengers waiting at the stop. This was not their favoured route. This was also not our only Mary today.??
As expected the bus headed back to the High Street where more passengers boarded, though this was never a busy route. Proudly positioned midway along the High Street stands the now closed 1911 built Police Station, an event we had seen already on our last trip through here; our remarks were picked up by the passenger in front who told us she had seen builders outside and the intention was to turn into a restaurant ‘like we need another one’ she opined ‘the High Street has at least 30..’ and Jo thought it would probably go by some witty name like ‘Cell By’. Still we shall not be back to see what really happens.
After enjoying some of the older cottages along Cray Avenue close to Ruxley (one of those places whose existence we only learnt through bus travel) we called into the huge Tescos, where also lurks the altogether more mainstream Route 321.
Allied Bakeries have eye-catching premises thought the company itself seems allegedly mired in the now only too common habit of tax avoidance. Happily it is still a local employer producing apparently much of the sliced bread, (since which this is the best thing) for SE England.
Orpington Hospital, in fact the only remaining segment of a hospital build by the Canadians at the start of the First World war to treat their war wounded (which they must have done well as only 1% of their casualties died) – the ‘huts’ remained through World War II then treating Dunkirk survivors with the buildings being demolished and rebuilt in 1993; however there is limited activity here and every likelihood this small unit could go as part of the financial problems and solutions ( see Para 1!) The remaining land has been sold off some time ago and there are many new buildings hereabouts, including a hospice.