Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Americans in Nunhead 1889

I spent Monday night in the small Resonance FM studio on Borough High Street with no fewer than four Americans. Host Lewis Schaffer had me as a guest on his 'Nunhead American Radio' show ('The only radio program for Americans living in Nunhead'), along with compatriot co-host Lisa Moyle, fellow comedian and ex-New Cross resident David Mills, and New York visitor Beth McGregor - plus the non-American Ed Hammond from Nunhead's Voice.

Anyway got me thinking about Americans in Nunhead, and as it's the 4th of July today will share this from 1889 - seemingly the first time Nunhead  made it into the New York Times ( 6 July 1889). Not a particularly exciting tale of the time 'The Massachusetts riflemen won another victory at the Nunhead range today, defeating the London Rifles, with a score of 1068 to 1025'. As mentioned here before, the rifle range, as well as the Nunhead FC football ground, were on the site of what is now the Haberdashers Aske's sports ground (St Asaphs Road/back of Ivydale Road)


Anonymous said...

Wow - wonder how much lead is buried there? Metal Detectorist's dream I'm sure

Anonymous said...

You might like to read the fascinating story of Lionel De Jersey Harvard -First Harvard to rtn to Ivy league Uni ( killed in WW1)..whose family grave lies in Ladywell Cemetery...

Mike Guilfoyle
Vice-Chair Foblc