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Musicity London - Tour: Canada Water/Rotherhithe Photographic Walk

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Rotherhithe walk

This photographic walk will explore the changed industrial landscape and buildings of Rotherhithe from the conservation area around Rotherhithe Village to the large expanse of water at Greenland Dock. The Rotherhithe wharves were among the first in London to begin the transformation from industrial to residential use that has changed the frontage of this section of the River Thames over the last thirty years. Yet the context of both the early history of Rotherhithe and the trading connections to the Baltic and Scandinavian countries can still be found in the architectural and social legacy that remains. Starting and finishing at Canada Water station the walk will be just over three miles with a brief stop for refreshments possible in one of the Rotherhithe’s historic pubs along the way.

Day: Sunday 10th September.
Start and finish point: Canada Water station 1030am
Duration: 3 hours
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Anthony Palmer is a photographer and film-maker working on architectural and urban landscape projects. He leads photographic walks across London as well as architectural and building tours for the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Finnish Church: as we walk from Canada Water to Rotherhithe we will see this Finnish Church/Seamen’s Mission, the third in London, and which was consecrated in 1958. This architecturally notable building has a typically Nordic utilitarian design and is now Grade II listed.


Rotherhithe Village and Conservation Area: the small village centre is situated around St Mary’s Church, the Brunel Museum and the Mayflower Inn. The present church was completed in 1716 and the wooden framed barrel roof stands on four pillars which are tree trunks encased in a plaster shell. The communion table is made of wood from the Temeraire - as immortalised by Turner.

Rotherhithe Street: alongside the new residential development fronting the Thames we will see evidence of industrial architecture from the docks and many converted dock buildings including wharves that were some of the first industrial to residential conversions in London.

Russia Dock woodland and Stave Hill Ecology Park: originally a dock for the import of timber from Scandinavia and the Baltic it is now a recreational woodland and has an artificial hill, Stave Hill, which was built using waste material and rubble. At 30 metres high it will provide us excellent views across the Thames to Canary Wharf.

Greenland Dock: originally known as the Howland Great Dock this was the oldest section of docks dating from the 1690’s. Now Greenland Dock is surrounded by residential townhouses and apartments and we will see how Danish and Swedish architects and developers have provided a notable Scandinavian design influence maintaining links to the social history of the area.


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