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    Settlement Association

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    Cryptic clues = station name

    Wallsend (Tyne & Wear Metro)?
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    Bleakest / loneliest mainline station

    There's not much at Thirsk - though there is (or was) a pub just a minute away, which helps.
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    Alphabet Stations Challenge

    Isleworth
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    New London Underground Sony roundels

    They wouldn't' t let Selfridge call Bond Street Selfridges in 1909. They had standards then.
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    New London Underground Sony roundels

    Don't get me started on the Jubilee Line - Fleet forever!
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    New London Underground Sony roundels

    It is part of a slippery slope and I detest and despise it. The government now wants TfL to allow naming rights for underground stations to be sold; they care nothing about civic pride or the vulgarising of public space. It already grates to see 'Emirates Air Line' on the map.
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    Alphabet Stations Challenge

    Hampton
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    Settlement Association

    The Vereker family held the title of Viscount Gort, after the town. The Seventh Viscount, in 1931 (when he was still Standish Vereker) bought the 16th and 17th century buildings on the Close in Newcastle upon Tyne known as Bessie Surtees House (today the NE base of Historic England); his wife...
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    Settlement Association

    'Bristol fashion' means neat and orderly, as in "all shipboard and Bristol fashion". By contrast, a scene of riotous disorder is sometimes described as being like, or being a Donnybrook (after the Dublin district, which had a lively annual fair).
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    Alphabet Stations Challenge

    Raynes Park
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    Settlement Association

    From the Christian to the (possibly) pagan... May Day is also celebrated with clog dancing at the Worcestershire village of Offenham
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    Settlement Association

    Another village demolished and rebuilt on a new site so as not to spoil the view from an aristocratic mansion was Milton Abbas in Dorset.
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    Settlement Association

    The tune 'Londonderry Air' is probably best known as the music to the popular song 'Danny Boy'. This, and WWI hit 'Roses of Picardy', together with a claimed 3,000 other songs, were written by energetic English lawyer Frederic Weatherly (1848-1929), who was born and raised in the Somerset resort...
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    Settlement Association

    Llanbradach had a public house named the De Winton Hotel (closed in recent years); there is still a pub bearing the same name in Tonypandy in the Rhondda.

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