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Greenwich Riverside Footpath in 1970

Above: View from the old riverside walkway in 2006 of a few barges remaining at Piper’s Wharf. For those who have known Greenwich and its old riverside footpath, they will probably have different stories to relate, according to how far … Continue reading

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Bay Wharf

Above:Looking at the derelict sheds and old slipways of Bay Wharf in 1977. There were still a barges on the slipways. The Early Days of the Site Bay Wharf is now the only wharf on the Thames in Greenwich that … Continue reading

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Piper’s Wharf

Above: Looking across the Thames at PIper’s Wharf on a sunny evening in 1976 An earlier name for this wharf seems to have been Dawson’s Wharf. The name appears in documents but does not seem to appear on any maps … Continue reading

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Lovell’s Wharf

Above: Looking east on the old footpath beside Lovell’s Wharf on 24 April 1978. The ship was carrying sheet steel in tight coils. One of them is in the picture being moved by a derrick mounted on Lovell’s Wharf. When … Continue reading

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Ballast Quay, Greenwich

Above: Ballast Quay with its late Georgian terraces and the Cutty Sark pub. The history of Greenwich is, at times, surprising for its lack of detail. For example, most place names in London are recorded in the Domesday Book (1086) … Continue reading

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Whitechapel Station Upgrade

Above: Renewed entrance to the station from Whitechapel Road. If the stairs had a plush carpet, you might think it was the entrance foyer to a new London theatre. Whitechapel station first opened in 1876 when the East London Railway … Continue reading

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Financial Times Newspaper Returns to its Old Offices

Above: The glazed eastern side of the building, standing on the west side of Friday Street. There was a time in London when nearly all the newspapers had their premises in Fleet Street, in the City of London – prompting … Continue reading

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Wapping Warehouse Cranes

Above: One of the murals on Wapping Station showing a derrick beside the Thames at Wapping. Those who live in London with long memories may remember the many small derricks and cranes mounted on warehouses lining the Thames and also … Continue reading

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Royal Docks

Above: Helicopter view looking east at all three Royal Docks about 1985. An important subject related to the history of the Thames is the Royal Docks. They stand on the east side of the River Lea, now part of the … Continue reading

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Dockers’ Statue, Royal Docks

London is generally accepted to have been established by the Romans and became a port even in those far off times. The Port of London continued along the banks of the Thames until the late-18th century when, to provide more … Continue reading

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