In this new series, I am planning to once again research places from a long list I have of places that viewers have brought to my attention in comments and/or sent me pictures and information.
James C. relayed to me that there are many hidden secrets in the Shepherd’s Bush District and its wards of White City and Wormholt in West London.
In taking a cursory look there and seeing many interesting things, I am going to make this location the primary focus for this blog post.
Shepherd’s Bush is a District of West London in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
One of the explanations for the District’s name is that it was said to have been named Shepherd’s Bush because it was originally a pasture for shepherds as they made their way with their sheep…
…to the Smithfield Market in the City of London, the current building for which was said to have been designed by Victorian architect Sir Horace Jones and built in the second-half of the 19th-century.
Both the Shepherd’s Bush District and its White City Ward are located on the Central Line of the London Underground System, and along with the Metropolitan Line, one of only two lines to cross the Greater London boundary.
The Central Line first opened in 1900 as the third deep-level Tube line to be built after electric trains were said to have made them possible.
It is interesting to note that the Shepherd’s Bush Train Station was only in use for 42-years, by the London and South Western Railway, between January of 1874 and May of 1916, at which time it was closed, along with other nearby train stations, never to be used again.
The Shepherd’s Bush Green is an approximately 8-acre, or 3.2-hectare, triangular space of open grass that is surrounded by busy roads on all three sides.
Four main roads radiate from the western side of the green, and three approach from the eastern side, meeting at the Holland Park Roundabout.
The Thames Water Tower is located in the Holland Park Roundabout.
The Thames Water Tower was said to have been designed and built in 1994 on top of an underground shaft that brings drinking water up from the London Ring Main, an extensive underground tunnel of flowing water 30 meters, or 98-feet, underground.
The steel core of the glass-covered tower functions as one of the world’s largest barometers, said to forecast the weather by responding to changes in air pressure, characterized by filling-up with colored water, and turning the tower blue.
Neighboring Shepherd’s Bush, Holland Park is an affluent section of Kensington, known for its Royal Crescent, said to have been designed in 1839 by Robert Cantwell, and considered one of the most architecturally interesting 19th-century developments in Holland Park.
The Shepherd’s Park Green is an important node of the Bus Line, with eighteen bus routes arriving here, as well as being near five underground stations.
In addition to the two mentioned previously at Shepherd’s Bush and White City, the following underground stations are nearby:
The Shepherd’s Bush Market…
…the Goldhawk Road Tube Station…
…and the new Wood Lane Station on the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines, that opened in 2008.
The original Wood Lane Station on the London Underground’s Central Line was said to have been built to serve the Franco-British Exhibition and the Olympic Games in London, which took place in 1908.
The Wood Lane Tube Station was said to have been closed when the White City Tube Station was opened a short distance north on the Central Line, and while the Wood Lane platforms were abandoned, the depot here became known lines as the White City Depot, one of three traction maintenance depots on the Central Line.
The depot at this location became operational in 1900.
Until 1928, it had the main power station for the Central London Railway (CLR) to generate electricity for the railway’s trains…
…after which time the Lots Road Power Station supplied the London Underground’s electricity until it was decommissioned in 2002.
Uxbridge Road is on the north side of the Shepherd’s Bush Green, a major road through West London that also provides transportation connections for buses and the London Underground.
The Shepherd’s Bush Green is bounded to the East by the West London Overland Line…
…and at one time bounded to the west by the rail-line which serviced the Shepherd’s Bush Station, again which was closed in 1916, and the tracks have been built over.
It is important to note that during the Second World War, Shepherd’s Bush and its environs were targeted heavily by German V-1 flying bomb attacks, which would strike with little notice.
Now I am going to take a look at the Franco-British Exhibition and the Olympic Games in London, both of which took place in 1908 in this complex in the White City Ward of Shepherd’s Bush.
What we are told is that the area now called White City was farmland until it was used as the building site of the Franco-British Exhibition, so-named as a celebration of the 1904 Entente Cordial between the two countries, said to mark the end of hundreds of years of intermittent conflict between the two states and their predecessors…among other things, and one of six Exhibitions held there between 1908 and 1914.
The 1908 Olympic Summer Games were held in London alongside the Franco-British Exhibition, as they were not able to be held in Rome as originally scheduled because of a violent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1906 that put the breaks on that plan.
First on the Exhibitions.
We are told the chief architect of the White City Buildings for the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition…
…was John Belcher, President of the Royal Institute of Architects from 1904 – 1906.
In addition to the twenty palaces and eight exhibition halls that were said to have been built expressly for the 1908 Exhibition, there were a number of amusement attractions featured, including:
The Flip-Flap in the Elite Gardens…
…the Mountain Scenic Railway…
…the Spiral Railway…
…and the Canadian Toboggan.
There were also two Human exhibits, otherwise known as Human zoos, at the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition.
One was called “Ballymacclinton,” and said to have been the largest and most successful Irish Village ever staged…
…and the other was the “Senegalese Village.”
The White City was also the location of five more Exhibitions:
The Imperial International Exhibition in 1909, called an opportunity to reflect upon the achievements of the three members of the 1907 Triple Entente, an accord between Russia, France, and Great Britain…
…and which also featured two Human exhibits, one from France with people from Dahomey, now Benin, in Africa…
…and the other from Russia of Kalmyk people, Buddhist Mongols from Russia and Kyrgyzstan, otherwise known as Tartars.
The Japan-British Exhibition was held in 1910 to celebrate and reinforce the Anglo-Japanese Alliance signed between the two countries in 1902, and driven by the Empire of Japan’s desire to develop a more favorable image to Britain and Europe.
Most of the content of the Exhibition was Japanese and not British, like the Japanese Gardens…
…that included a Human exhibit of Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, from the island of Hokkaido…
…and from some of the Japanese colonies, like Taiwan, known as Formosa at that time, with the given reason of showing that Japan was following in Great Britain’s footsteps as an Imperial Power striving to “improve” the lives of its “colonial natives.”
The Coronation Exhibition was held in the White City starting in May of 1911, to showcase highlights of the British Empire and to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in Westminster Cathedral in June of 2011.
In March of the same year, King George V and his wife Queen Mary were elevated to Emperor and Empress of India, a title used by British Monarchs from 1876 to 1948…
…during the Delhi Durbar of 1911, an Indian imperial-style mass-assembly organized by the British at Coronation Park in Delhi, India .
The Human exhibits at this Exhibition were from Somalia…
The Latin-British Exhibition in 1912 focused on the Latin countries in Europe of France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal, and South America.
…and while I am seeing references to Human exhibits from the colonies at this one, I am not finding any photographs or depictions of these other than on this program cover.
In 1914, the White City of London held its last Exhibition, the Anglo-American Exposition.
Among other things, the Anglo-American Exposition featured the “American Picanninny Band,” comprised of a group of young people recruited from the Jenkins orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina…
…and the Miller Brothers’ 101 Ranch Wild West Show from Ponca City in Oklahoma.
It is interesting to note that the 101 Ranch was also the physical location of the 101 Ranch Oil Company.
The 101 Ranch Oil Company was founded by in 1908 by E. W. Marland, a lawyer and oil-man who moved to Ponca City from Pennsylvania and entered into a leasing arrangement with the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch.
The 101 Ranch was a focal point of the oil rush in northeastern Oklahoma.
In 1917, E. W. Marland founded the Marland Oil Company, which by 1920 controlled 10% of the world’s oil reserves.
Marland Oil Company merged with Continental Oil, also known as Conoco, in 1929, after a successful take-over bid by J. P. Morgan, Jr.
The company maintained its headquarters in Ponca City until 1949, when it moved to Houston, Texas.
Conoco was owned by the DuPont Corporation between 1981 and 1998, and in 2002, Conoco merged with Phillips Petroleum, which also had its roots near Ponca City in northern Oklahoma, to become today’s ConocoPhillips.
A thought with regards to these international exhibitions and expositions.
There are two definitions of the word exposition.
One is a device used to give background information to the audience about the setting and characters of the story.
Exposition is used in television programs, movies, literature, plays and even music.
What better way to tell your audience the story you want them to believe than the other definition of exposition, a large exhibition of art or trade goods.
Following the 1914 Anglo-American Exposition, the White City site fell into disuse and disrepair.
In 1937, a large portion of the White City was cleared to make way for a housing estate
The White City Stadium was the main venue for the 1908 Summer Olympics held concurrently with the Franco-British Exhibition on the White City grounds..
This stadium with a seating capacity for 68,000 was said to have been designed by engineer J. J. Webster, and built in 10-months by the George Wimpey construction firm starting in 2007, on part of the site of the Franco-British Exhibition.
The 1908 London Olympic Games were opened by King Edward VII at the White City stadium on April 27th.
One of the notable outcomes of these particular Olympic Games was that the distance for the marathon was fixed for future games and sporting events, and calculated by the distance from Windsor Castle to a point in front of the royal box.
After the 1908 Olympic Games, only the running track at the White Stadium was used until 1914, and there were attempts to sell it.
Other than that, the White Stadium track was used as by some athletes in training for the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
Then the Greyhound Racing Association took-over the White City Stadium in 1926.
The stadium became the host to the English Greyhound Derby between 1927 until the time of its closure in 1984.
Today, the BBC White City occupies the site of the White City Stadium, which was demolished in 1985.
The former White City Exhibition Site now hosts the Westfield Shopping Center, one of the largest in London.
We are told this 1841 map shows a largely rural and undeveloped Shepherd’s Bush, with a lot of open farmland compared to fast-developing Hammersmith.
I have an arrow pointing to the green feature marked “Hippodrome” which jumped out at me because of the White City Stadium and what a “Hippodrome” actually is – a Greek word used from ancient times to mean a racetrack.
Famous Hippodromes from antiquity include one in Caesarea in Israel on the top left; Constantinople on the top right; the Circus Maximus in Rome on the bottom left; and one in Messina in Sicily.
Long before I started doing my own research, I lapped up the available research on megalithic sites like Stonehenge in southern England.
In the neolithic landscape surrounding the dominating Stonehenge, much is found, including two features, one which is known as the Greater Cursus, and the other as the Lesser Cursus.
Besides having the meaning of being a neolithic earthwork enclosure comprising parallel banks, cursus is another historical term with the meaning of racetrack.
When I was doing research into underground railway systems, I found an elliptical-, or cursus-, shaped subway in Glasgow, Scotland, said to have first opened in 1896.
The fifteen stations of the subway are distributed over a 10-kilometer, or 6-mile, circuit of the West End and City Center of Glasgow, with eight stations to the north of the River Clyde, and seven to the south. There are two lines: an outer circle running clockwise, and an inner circle running counter-clockwise.
Circuit is a word in the English language that means: 1) a roughly circular line, route, or movement that starts and finishes at the same place; and 2) a path in which electrons from a voltage or current source flow. The point where those electrons enter an electrical circuit is called the source of the electrons.
This came up when I searched for “particle accelerator diagram,” showing counter-rotating beams in a circular accelerator, contrasted with the Glasgow subway’s outer and inner circle running in opposite directions from each other.
Like with what I found in Shepherd’s Bush previously in this post, there are also abandoned rail-line stations in Glasgow, like the Botanic Gardens Station, said to have been built in 1896, and closed to passenger transport in 1939…
…and there is an abandoned tunnel at the Botanic Gardens as well.
When I look at the configuration of the blueprint for the lay-out of the Franco-British Exhibition and the White City Stadium, R2D2, the beeping ‘droid from Star Wars comes to mind as a similar match.
This is a detail of a map from 1912 called “Bacon’s Up-to-Date Map of London” showing the White City configuration, along with London Underground lines marked in red, and Tram lines marked in yellow.
To me, the whole White City configuration reminds me of sophisticated circuitry that appears to plug into the Central London Depot, which I mentioned previously, was the main power station for the Central London Railway (CLR) until 1928.
This is an old postcard depicted Shepherd’s Bush Tram Terminus, where electric trams operated from 1901, until replaced by trolley-buses in 1936.
Trolley-buses operated here until they were replaced by diesel buses in 1960.
Now, there is a place I want to revisit in Tampa, Florida, which I researched last summer, that reminds me in very many ways of Shepherd’s Bush.
There is a similar relationship in the location of both of these places being close to a major international airport, with Shepherd’s Bush being 10-miles, or 16-kilometers in a straight-line, from London’s Heathrow Airport on the left; and on the right, the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa in a straight-line is 6-miles, or 10-kilometers, from Tampa International Airport.
In both places, the driving distance is in the 12-mile-, or 20-kilometer-, range.
Both places are located in a similar relationship to snaky, s-shaped rivers bends that have the same curvature…
…where the similarity would be even more pronounced had the water of the Hillsborough River not been dammed up and subject to water resource management.
Sulphur Springs is located six-miles north of downtown Tampa.
Its southern boundary is the Hillsborough River; the northern boundary is Busch Boulevard; Florida Avenue, Nebraska Avenue, and the CSX Railroad line forms boundaries on the west and the east.
Going from left to right on this map of Google Earth, there is a water tower here…
…like finding one in the Holland Park Roundabout right next to the Shepherd’s Bush Green…
…the construction of which was said to have been finished in 1927, to include a full automatic elevator for some reason, commissioned by local developer Josiah Richardson for the purpose of ensuring an adequate water pressure to supply the building which housed his Sulphur Springs Hotel & Apartments, and the first shopping mall in Florida, Mave’s Arcade.
Also, like the White City Stadium in Shepherd’s Bush, there was a stadium and track here that became a popular Greyhound Racing Track…
…and Sulphur Springs at one time in its history was a trolley park, known as the “Coney Island of Florida.”
It featured the Toboggan Water Slide…
…and a circular pool and beach…
…which looks like it still has a presence on the grounds of the Sulphur Springs pool in the present-day, according to Google Earth.
Trolley parks were said to have started in the United States in the 19th-century as picnic and recreation areas at the ends of street car lines, and were precursors to amusement parks.
By 1919, there were estimated to be between 1,500 and 2,000 such parks. For example, Luna Park at Coney Island in Brooklyn was a trolley park.
I was not at all surprised when I found out that Sulphur Springs was the terminus of a trolley line at one time…and Shepherd’s Bush was a trolley line terminus as well, as previously mentioned.
Tampa was said to have a steam-powered trolley system by 1885 carrying passengers between Tampa and Ybor City, and that in 1893, the Tampa Street Railway and Power Company converted its trolley system to electric-power from steam.
Sulphur Springs became the northernmost terminus of what was known as the Tampa Streetcar line, which TECO (Tampa Electric Company) took control of in 1899.
By the late 1930s, trolleys were in use in many cities, and by the end of World War II in 1945, Tampa and St. Petersburg were the only Florida cities with trolleys.
Then on August 4th of 1946, the last Tampa electric trolley was retired. The overhead wires were eventually taken down, and the rails paved over.
Today, TECO operates a 2.7-mile trolley line in downtown Tampa between the city’s Channel District and Ybor City…
…the only remnant of what was once an extensive trolley system here.
This brings me to the Busch Gardens in Tampa, located just slightly to the northeast of Sulphur Springs.
The “Busch Gardens” name was first used in reference to gardens developed near Pasadena between by Adolphus Busch, the co-founder of Anheuser-Busch with his father-in-law Eberhard Anheuser…
…where we find interesting-looking earthworks.
They were said to have been open to the public between 1906 and 1937.
The Busch Gardens amusement parks were developed initially as marketing vehicles for Anheuser-Busch, and Busch Gardens in Tampa opened on March 31st of 1959 as a hospitality-facility for an Anheuser-Busch brewery which provided visitors with the opportunity to taste beer.
It is known for the African theme of the park.
There was no charge for admission at that time.
We are told there initially was a bird-garden and an escalator called “Stairway to the Stars,” which took visitors to the roof of the brewery where the tour began.
Rides and attractions were added, developing into a full-theme park while still promoting Anheuser-Busch beer.
I tracked a straight-line relationship between the old greyhound racing track in Sulphur Springs, another elliptical shape in the landscape near Busch Boulevard, and a point in the African Safari park of the Busch Gardens complex.
It is hard to tell from Google Earth exactly what is there at the thumb-tack, but this is what I got when I tried to find out.
I would love to know if there is an esoteric connection between the “Bush” of Shepherd’s Bush, and the “Busch” of Busch Gardens in relationship to the similarities found both of these places.
If anyone knows what it might be, please let me know.
From the similarities in configurations and features found between the Shepherd’s Bush District and the Sulphur Springs neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, I surmise they were both significant power nodal points in the Earth’s original grid-system of the ancient advanced Moorish civilization, which I believe existed up until relatively recently, until a deliberately-caused cataclysm wiped out the original civilization, and Earth’s positive timeline was hijacked by negative Beings for their own benefit, not ours.
Among other significant power nodal points, I would include places like Las Vegas in Nevada on that list, as well as other amusement parks still in existence, like Busch Gardens in Tampa, as well as others from ancient times to modern.
I cover the topic of the cataclysm and historical reset timeline extensively in other blog posts, like “My Take on the Mud Flood & Historical Reset Timeline.”
I will be continuing on the subect of “Interesting comments I have Received Redux” in this new series.