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Tidemarks from the Pool
Photo © 2014 Leigh Stanford – Custom House, London Docks
Once the area east of the Tower of London was alive with the maritime trade which brought goods from all over the globe to fill our shops and fuel our industry. The river was alive with shipping, while sailors came ashore looking for fun after months of hardship. Then the docks fell silent.
Though development has threatened to scour away the traces of London’s maritime glory, you can yet see reminders of this time, tidemarks left behind among the reshaped East End.
This is a story of devastation and survival, in an area which embodies the challenges to London’s heritage, but also rejoices in reminders of its greatness. Come hear about the growth of the docks, of Old London’s Scandinavian quarter, and taste the salty tang of life spent on London’s tidal artery.
Meet at Tower Gateway DLR station outside the Minories exit, at the bottom of the escalator.
This event is Part of Totally Thames that runs from 1 to 30 September:www.totallythames.org/
The walk will take approximately 2 hours. For information on travel, please use Transport for London's Journey Planner.
When & Where
David Charnick, Footprints of London
A native Londoner, I am also a qualified City of London guide. I tour principally in the City and the East End, and teach an adult education course giving an introduction to guiding in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. From this has grown a workshop group, the Tower Hamlets Walkshop, which is developing a structured guiding culture in the borough. Please do see my website for further information.
IMPORTANT: Attendance on any walk can only be guaranteed through pre-booking. If you cannot pre-book here but wish to attend, you are welcome to do so, but you MUST please give me prior notice using the “contact the organiser” facility below (please remember to provide a phone number) and I will confirm arrangements by return.
Please only make the journey to a meeting point if you have received a confirmation from me.
Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing you on one of my walks!