Category Archives: Subj_Thames

Canary Wharf from the Cable Car

The Emirates Airline Cable Car (also called the London Cable Car) travels high over the River Thames – from near North Greenwich Station to the Royal Victoria Dock. Originally sponsored by the Dubai-based airline Emirates when it opened in 2012. … Continue reading

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Canary Wharf from Bermondsey

If you look at a map of the River Thames, you will see that the riverbank at Rotherhithe faces east towards the Canary Wharf Estate on the Isle of Dogs. However, if you stand on the Bermondsey riverfront (which is … Continue reading

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City Views from Reed’s Wharf House Boats

The above view was taken from the river bank just downriver of Reed’s Wharf, which is just east of St Saviour’s Dock. Reed’s Wharf has stone stairs that lead down to the beach at low tide. At that point, a … Continue reading

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Faraday, Michael at Trinity Buoy Wharf

Above: The shed is a reminder of the time Faraday spent at the wharf working on lighthouses. Michael Faraday’s work in the practical application of science was connected with lighthouses. Between 1836 and 1865, he was the scientific adviser to … Continue reading

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Trinity Buoy Wharf

Above: Trinity Buoy Wharf, with the lighthouse, seen from the south bank of the Thames. The land had been an estate called Orchard House Estate which took its name from the Orchard House, a moated property comprising a house and … Continue reading

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Virginia Settlers Memorial

Above: The memorial from a river boat. The apartments behind are so banal that they look like council houses but they are actually expensive properties. The development is called Virginia Quay. The stone memorial was erected in 1928 by the … Continue reading

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Woolwich and the Tall Ships

Boatbuilding on the banks of the Thames was once a tradition that started in Norman times. In the 16th century, two Royal dockyards were established beside the Thames – one at Deptford and the other at Woolwich. The dockyards finally … Continue reading

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Commercial Pier Wharf, Rotherhithe

Above: Looking north along the riverside at Rotherhithe in 2011 when the Scotch derrick was on the site. The derelict in front of it was once a nightclub called Downtown. During the 1970s, many historians were worrying about the demise … Continue reading

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Lawrence Wharf, Rotherhithe

Above: A digitised slide showing Lawrence Wharf from the Isle of Dogs in about 1976. All the logs (tree trunks) were hardwoods, imported by Vitak. There were three derricks in use on the wharf. Lawrence Wharf (or Lawrence’s Wharf as … Continue reading

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Thames Steam Ferry

Above: Victorian print showing the ferry departing from Rotherhithe and on its way to Wapping. There were various horse ferry crossing points on the Thames that had been in existence for centuries. Most of them ceased to operate when the … Continue reading

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