Glad and ruins on the Thames

Me and The Goff walked the Thames from Woolwich to Rotherhithe on a sunny Sunday. It’s a stretch of the river neither of us have much cause to visit and it’s fascinating, not least because so unlike the London of our everyday lives.

There’s still industry here from an age of rust and clank sitting besides new flats that by comparison seem more modern than they already are.

It’s a place of dead and ruin, of abiding and of the future. Perhaps appropriately it crosses the Meridian Line.

And the river is wide, spanned at the east by the Thames Barrier, which shines beautiful in the sun, keeping greater ruin at bay.

2S3 M-1973 Akatsiya Acacia) 152mm self-propelled gun-Howitzer. Crew of four, poor bastards. At Woolwich Arsenal, by the Crossrail statio
2S3 M-1973 Akatsiya (Acacia) 152mm self-propelled gun-Howitzer. Crew of four, poor bastards. At Woolwich Arsenal development, by the Crossrail station
Dead building, dock and block, Woolwich. There’s big carp in here, apparently
Dead industrial building and disused storage container, Woolwich
Bit of a car and yellow weed flowers, Woolwich
Dead pub, by the path down to the Thames Barrier, Woolwich
Inside said pub
Wall of said pub. Not sure if that’s an upside-down ‘U’
Thames Barrier. A thing of magnificence
Aggregate works, east side of Greenwich Peninsula
Aggregate silos
Conveyor belt carrying aggregate from ship to shore
Industrial something or other over Thames Path. New flats ahead
Here – by Thomson and Craighead, Greenwich Peninsula. Shows the distance in miles back to here if you walked around the world


Bench eaten by bushes, Greenwich Peninsula
Tiny digger, Greenwich Peninsula
Has someone been nicking the bin bags from the bin? There was one in there at time of photo. Maybe notice had desired effect
Club 338, by Blackwall Tunnel approach road. A fire ripped through it on August 8, 2016. One man died trying to help people out. At time of writing, police were treating it as arson
Trinity Hospice almshouses, Greenwich, built 1613, rebuilt 1812. Still in use. Behind is Greenwich Power Station, also still in use
Glad and ruins on the Thames

6 thoughts on “Glad and ruins on the Thames

  1. Nice pictures! I spend a reasonable amount of time photographing (and living) around that area; it’s changing incredibly rapidly but still full of oddity and wonder.

  2. Paul Minter says:

    There was a time when the only juxtapositions to be found were at old Greenwich around the Cutty Sark, the rest was all run down and industrial. Some things, like Woolwich Dockyard, have got worse by the looks of it (I moved away 9 years ago) Now the “Greenwich Peninsula” has been opened up, along with the Arsenal at Woolwich, it will change. Try walking the other way towards Erith from Woolwich. Plenty of weird that way. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    1. Thanks, Paul. I will try that way. I also want to have a look the other side of the river around there – Silvertown – round by the Tate & Lyle refinery. From the south side you can see two tall residential blocks that appear as goalposts for City Airport

      1. Paul Minter says:

        Definitely worth going over on the ferry (if it is still running) and walking to Canning Town. The Tate and Lyle factory is suitably huge. I got lost in there one night, I was trying to navigate my way to the foot tunnel after a few drinks too many! Keep up the good work.

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