An easy journey to my starting point today. Train to London Bridge and then walk through Hay's Galleria onto the Thames path at the London Bridge City Pier. Today I will be walking from the pier to Chelsea Bridge which is about 6 + miles. Frequently stopping to take photos means it will be a leisurely walk.
Once under the bridge you walk past the Mudlark pub. It was established in the 1700s and was named after the people who made a living by collecting items they could sell from the mud on the river Thames.
AD1540 - a parish church
AD1905 - a cathedral
You can still see the masonry dating back over 1000 years.
The newest building in the area, the Shard can be seen quite clearly from the market.
This is St Mary Overie(over the river) dock. Until 1980 large warehouses stood on either side of the inlet.
The dock now holds a full size reconstruction of the Golden Hinde. The 16th cent ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world. Today's version has also sailed the world.
This is all that remains of the Palace of the Bishops of Winchester. This was the great hall with its rose window probably dating from the 14thcent.
The Clink prison is the name given to all prisons that have stood on a number of sites in this vicinity. The first prison in 1127 was a cellar in the Palace of Winchester and the last was in Deadman's Place (Park Street).
Cannon Street Bridge
The Anchor, an 18th cent inn. Inside it has a number of timbered bars and cubby holes originally used by those hiding from imprisonment in the Clink. It is believed there were bull and bear baiting rings in the area surrounding the pub.
The Globe theatre, a reconstruction of the original theatre on this site where Shakespeare's plays would have been performed. It has a thatched roof - the first in London since the Great Fire in 1666. During May to September there is a programme of Shakespeare or his comtempories' plays. If you go make sure you take or hire a cushion for the very small, hard, wooden benches.
|Looking across the river you can see the Millennium bridge going from The Tate Modern art gallery on the South bank to St Paul's on the North bank|
The only other solar bridge known in the world is in Brisbane, Australia - the Kurilpa footbridge.
On the right is the Blackfriars railway bridge whilst on the left is the road bridge.
This is the cast iron crest of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway which was erected in 1864 on the now derelict railway bridge.