• HLF suggest site at Platts Eyot, Hampton










From Twickerati:

Sasha August 6, 2014 at 9:06 am:

‘This is the derelict boathouse on Platts Eyott, Hampton and on the English Heritage “at risk” register – a big shed, with a canal already in place. Looks perfect to me: 104924

Timber-framed boathouse built 1917 by Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott for the Thorneycroft firm to build torpedo boats for the Admiralty.

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Alexis August 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm:

‘ . . I used to row past both sides of it and was fascinated by the crumbling boathouse where WW1 and 2 MTB’s were built and launched. Sadly the listed boathouse, no:4 has been falling down for years despite the sturdy Belfast trusses, which, by the way, supported many wartime aircraft hangars – four of which still stand today at Duxford, built during WW1.

There is a narrow bridge onto the Eyot from the road to Lower Sunbury which precludes easy access. It is privately owned and there have been plans for a “Port Hampton”, however I believe that the local councillors are firmly opposed to the proposed development. Perhaps a site visit by the Friends and a meet with the owners might be worthwhile? I suspect it will quickly rule the Eyot in or out as an option . . ’

Alexis August 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm:

‘ . . Sascha, Platts Eyot is well worth an explore because its quite odd, as am I, since I like old industrial and military buildings. I’m not sure if you need permission, I didn’t a few years ago, so, since there are commercial offices on the Eyot it should still be OK. The car park is on the left just before the Lady Eleanor Holles school boathouse going towards Lower Sunbury. Otherwise google it.’

Reposted from:

• Gloriana in Twickenham: Where Are We Now? [Twickerati July 26]

• Platts Eyot [wikipedia]

Grid reference: TQ133691


• Why Gloriana is not ‘Heritage’

‘ . . 1.2 Briefly discussed the possibility of getting funds from [the Heritage Lottery Fund]. Lord Stirling has connections with this organisation. Generally felt that this may not be possible as the project, although dealing with heritage matters, was essentially new and hence probably not applicable . . ‘

Gloriana board meeting, May 7 2014.

Source: A Freedom of Information request to the council from Sasha Katarina


logo_hdr_HLF  ‘What we fund:

We fund projects which focus on heritage. Heritage includes many different things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations, for example:

– Archaeological sites;

– Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;

– Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes;

– Historic buildings and streets;

– Histories of people and communities (including people who have migrated to the UK);

– Histories of places and events;

– Languages and dialects;

– Natural and designed landscapes and gardens;

– Natural heritage, including habitats, species and geology; and

– People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’ or spoken history);

– Places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history . . ’

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‘The Board . .  delegates powers to regional . . committees which make decisions on awards . . up to £2million. There are 12 committees . .  made up of local people recruited through open advertisement . . Read about the members of our . . committees: . . London


What is heritage?

‘Heritage’ comprises: archaeology on land and under water, historic buildings sites and areas, designated landscapes and the historic elements of the wider landscape.

from: Funding of the arts and heritage Written evidence submitted by English Heritage September 2010.


• Is the Gloriana ‘heritage’?

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NO. It’s only two years old and it is a new design, derived from a Canaletto painting, not a replica of an actual boat.


• Quote for the day: June 03 2014


1.1 MF noted that Lord Sterling and JA had attended a meeting with XXX. MF had not been informed of the meeting until during the following design team meeting. At the design team meeting the Marine Engineer produced a design drawing which MF had no knowledge of. MF expressed his concern about meetings happening in parallel to the core design team and the obvious confusion this can cause. JA said that the design drawing had not been produced as result of his meeting with XXX.Nevertheless it was noted that the Project Manager (MF) must be kept fully briefed about intended meetings with the design team and communication in general needs to be open . . ‘

Extracted from the minutes of the team meeting June 03 2014.

Residents and ward councillors are not the only people being kept in the dark, it seems . .

Source: A Freedom of Information request to the council from Sasha Katarina