May 2014 Photos

The section of the Thames Path is that from the O2 back to London Bridge Station. Having walked this (about 7.5 miles), I have now completed the Thames Path from Chertsey Lock to the Thames Barrier (some sections many times). I think this adds up to about 45 miles – so only about one quarter of the total Path from the Thames source at Cricklade in Gloucestershire.

There are six photographs of the Isle of Dogs partly because it is very photogenic and partly because the peninsular dominates a large stretch of this walk – remember the opening credits of East Enders (if you are a fan) with the horseshoe shape of the Isle of Dogs turning around.
There are many more towers either under construction or planned for the Isle of Dogs, including a 73 storey residential tower just in for Planning and a 75 storey residential tower already approved. The recent New London Architecture (NLA) report London’s Growing Up! lists 236 towers in London either with Planning approved (about 113) or in the pipeline. Of these nearly 40% are likely to be in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which is where the Isle of Dogs is situated.
The one photograph of the O2 was taken on a previous occasion and was with my Canon EOS 500D. The rest – except for those of Pinner (the Leafy suburb) are with my Canon EOS 600D. The Pinner ones are taken with my Canon EOS 70D.

The photos are not in geographic order – even those along the Thames Path – but it is pretty obvious what is from where.

There are two of Deptford – one of a residential tower and one with schoolchildren – obviously on a school trip – clambering all over the statue of Peter the Great (1672-1725). Peter the Great came to stay in Deptford to study shipping and navies for a short while when the English Navy was based there – before they moved downriver to Greenwich. By all accounts he didn’t learn a lot, personally, but did successfully build up a large Russian Navy, with some English help. If you are interested, you can read more about him on the Royal Maritime Greenwich website.
Both the statue and the residential tower are quite close to Convoys Wharf which has just been approved as a major development site by the London Mayor. The site has been controversial – in part because of English Heritage who are concerned about historic ships being buried at the site. It has been master-planned by Terry Farrell and the developer (Hutchinson Whampoa) is now seeking architects for individual building design. The master plan envisages several residential towers of 40+ storeys. You will not be surprised that I was not much in favour of the fuddy duddies who wanted to keep the entirely useless concrete pad and old tin sheds that comprise Convoys Wharf in its present state, rather than providing housing and a (no doubt) significant middle class input to that part of the London Borough of Lewisham.

There’s a photo of the finally restored (after the disastrous fire) Cutty Sark and three others from Greenwich: one of the redevelopment work on the Greenwich peninsular; one of some of the houses near to the river; and one of the gasholder not that far from Greenwich town centre.

Closer to Tower Bridge are some photos of the City and of some of the renovated warehouses in Bermondsey and the new developments near the bridge which are now called More London

The photographs of Pinner town centre, including the Parish Church look as if they are of some pleasant County Town – which is what at one time Pinner would have been before it was absorbed into what is now the London Borough of Harrow. Part of the contrasts of London that I especially like.