This is a historical trail along London Transport bus route 47, initially created as a project for a Birkbeck College history course, ‘Digital Storytelling’ in 2011, and re-launched in July 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the route’s introduction on 20 July 1912.
In the same way a bus route works, this site principally acts as a way of getting you to a variety of destinations along the line of route, rather than a lot of original research, but articles will be added now and then.
I’m fully aware that there’s a lot of themes I’ve yet to touch at all (for example, churches and other places of worship, or pretty much anything within the ‘Square Mile’ of the City of London.)
What’s on the site now was pretty much a single term’s work – other researches will be added ‘as and when’.
The Map (On Google Maps)
Part 1 -Transport History
Part 2 -Other History
Part 3 – Voices, Sound and Film
see also Map Key
(Some themes currently overlap on parts 1 and 2)
A brief introduction – “why?” and so on.
Articles on particular sites / themes.
Your own Journey
Readers are welcome to make their own trail – a map showing just the route is available on Google Maps.
NOTE : This site has no connection with Transport for London, Stagecoach London, or any of their subsidiaries or predecessors.
- former Tillings ST, ST922 (now owned by London Bus Preservation Trust) – in Kennington on 8 December 2005, as part of the events marking the last Routemasters in regular service.
- ‘Bell Punch’ ticket from 1933-1939 era.
- former London Transport RT 1702 (now privately preserved) re-creating route 47 in connection with London & Greenwich Railway 150 years event in Bermondsey, 1986.
- ‘Bell Punch’ tickets from late 40s and early 50s
- London Transport Routemaster RM 1079, Lewisham Bus Station c. 1982.
- ‘Gibson’ ticket from mid 1970s
- Stagecoach London Dennis Trident 18487, Catford, February 2011.
Background – seating material from RT type bus (in service in London 1939-1979.)