This was the sign I was looking for and I was off on my next stage of the journey, taking me through one of the great Victorian parks. Battersea Park was opened to the public in 1858 by Queen Victoria. It was laid out on marshy land using soil from the newly excavated docks.
This is the London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park. This was the 70th pagoda to be built worldwide by a Buddhist order.
Most seats face the river but the ones along here face away from the river towards the park.
Albert Bridge is one of the most beautiful of the Thames bridges. Its delicate lines are painted in pastel pinks, greens and gold. Built in 1873 it is not a very strong bridge and traffic is restricted to prevent damage to this elegant bridge.
This is Battersea bridge. The original bridge built in 1771 was a wooden structure with 17 narrow arches. It was the subject of a number of paintings by Whistler and Turner.The present iron bridge was built in 1890.
Following the bend of the river I was surprised to see some old sailing barges moored on this side of the river just below the beautiful church of St Mary, Battersea. It is an unusual church as its churchyard goes down to the river's edge.This 18th cent church was often visited byTurner to admire the sunsets from here. It was also used by the poet William Blake who was married here in 1782
There has been a church on this site for centuries. St Mary's church Battersea was first mentioned in the Doomsday book.
Looking back at the church as I continue on my way, it seems as if the church is standing over the river as its protector.
This is Battersea railway bridge. It is unusual as it does not cross at right angles to the bank. Work has started to update the bridge and as a consequence I have to detour around it.
I was surprised to see the helicopters landing on the riverfront as I thought the heliport was on the top of a building.
|The walkway leads me to the next bridge - Wandsworth road bridge.|