26th October 2014: Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays

Firstly we had a big hiccup as on arriving at Euston station in order to get a train to Hemel Hempstead for a circular walk we discovered that all the trains from Euston were cancelled due to some problems near Watford.

I had to think quickly and decided to lead a walk around Rotherhithe  that I had done recently with my local Archway group. It has some interesting history and was the centre of London’s timber trade. Rotherhithe street housed shipbuilders, seafarers, doss houses, taverns and had bridges between buildings, some which remain today.
The last ship left in 1970 and draining & filling in begun during the second word war, after the docks were blitzed, continued through the early 1980’s with homes built and parks created.

The Assembled Company

The Assembled Company

Our walk started from Rotherhithe station and we walked past the Brunel Museum down to the Thames Path which we followed for a while then through Stave Hill Ecology Park which has been created from the previous Russia Dock. The path leads down to Greenland Dock where we stopped for lunch then walked round South Dock which is full of residential boats. From there we walked past Surrey Quays shopping centre and into Southwark Park where we stopped to look at an art exhibition and then on to the park cafe for afternoon tea. From there it was a short walk back along the Thames to Rotherhithe station.



About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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