Thursday, March 10, 2011

Searching for Regency London

Where did the week go!
My walk along the Thames is almost at an end, but there were a few stray pictures that I took that I thought would be nice to finish up with.

This is what would have been a typical width of an alley in this dockside area. I was fascinated by the double yellow lines which mean no parking. Duh!  Do you see the other lines on the cobbled road, the white ones?  They mean this is a two way street. I imagine there is a fair amount of sidewalk (called a path or a pavement in England) passing, or backing up.

Of course, I need to think about my hero or heroine leaving their vehicle out in the street in such circumstances, held of course by the handy snotty-nosed urchin who always happens to be standing by. He is so not leaving a curricle there.

This is the Angel, in Rotherhithe, a parish within the Borough of Southwark. A pub has stood on this spot since the seventeeth century and was in our time surrounded by tobacco warehouses.

The map shows this area in 1848.


Back on the Wapping side of the stream (just joking)


This is a school. St John of Wapping, a charity school founded in 1695 and this building erected by subscription in 1760.  The statues show a boy and a girl and they stand over the separate entrances for each gender.

Not a great picture because the the parked vehicles. Where are the double yellow lines when you need them?

My final picture in this series is one of the  warehouses still standing along the wapping side of the docks.

Built for the import of tea in 1869, it is well outside of our era, but not so far that it is not worthy of inclusion.

Well that's it. Lots more places to go and lots more to see, and a new book cover on the horizon for next time.

Until then, Happy Rambles.