On Wednesday 11th July 2018, Eliott Wragg of the Thames Discovery Programme led this walk along the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey stretch of the river. Several large timber structures created from Napoleonic era warships lie along the foreshore, as well as whale bone reused as structural elements. Damaged caused by the Blitz was evident in the architectural features of the former warehouses overlooking the Thames, where entire sections had been destroyed and rebuilt. Having now been converted to modern flats, the residents could be heard celebrating after England’s first (and only) goal of the World Cup semi-final! We then had a quick stop at the Manor House of King Edward III; built in the 1300s, and now with only the remains of the walls and moat left. The evening was rounded off with a trip to The Ship Rotherhithe for a drink, and for football fans; the second half of the semi-final.
To learn more about the Thames Discovery Programme visit their website.