Prisons and Abandoned Factories: Photos of a Journey from Belmarsh to Plumstead

Belmarsh PrisonThameside PrisonPrison walls, ThamesmeadDead industryRuins under a brooding skyThe broken fence
The derelict warehousesThe empty yardTriumph of the weedsThe overgrown doorwayTower blocks, PlumsteadThe railway, Plumstead
Pastels in PlumsteadThe Woolwich Ferry at duskRain across the ThamesThe Yangtze Eternal at the Tate & Lyle RefineryThe silver skin of the Thames BarrierCanary Wharf and the O2 from the Thames in Charlton

Prisons and Abandoned Factories: A Journey from Belmarsh to Plumstead, a set on Flickr.

On July 11, 2012, as part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike (or see here), I cycled east from Greenwich, intending to travel to the Thames Barrier, on the border of Charlton and Woolwich, but then carrying on, through Woolwich to Thamesmead, the satellite town originally built in the 1960s, and used as the setting for Stanley Kubrick’s notorious film “A Clockwork Orange,” and back via Belmarsh Prison and Plumstead, before rejoining the Thames Path once more for the journey back west, and home.

I’m posting these photos in four sets, and this is the last of the four, following Chasing Clouds in Greenwich: Photos of a Journey East Along the ThamesIndustry and Decay: Photos of a Journey Along the Thames from Greenwich to Woolwich and Lost Glories: Photos of a Thames Journey from Woolwich to Thamesmead (also see here, here and here). In those, I recorded the first stage of the journey, through Greenwich under a brooding, rain-filled sky; the second stage, through New Charlton, past the Thames Barrier and into Woolwich, through industrial estates, and with a diversion to an evocative set of river stairs; and the third, through the housing developments in the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, and then on to Thamesmead. Read the rest of this entry »

Industry and Decay: Photos of a Journey Along the Thames from Greenwich to Woolwich

Storm clouds over Greenwich Yacht ClubThe O2 viewed from Murphy's WharfA storm over Murphy's Wharf aggregates plantThe beach at Murphy's WharfA watery grave for supermarket trolleysMurphy's Wharf in the rain
The Thames BarrierCanary Wharf and the O2 from the Thames BarrierArt Hub Studios, WoolwichA brooding sky over WoolwichThe Victoria, a wrecked pub in CharltonThe White Horse, Charlton
The bookies is closedThe weather-worn warehouse, WoolwichIron stainsRiver stairs at Warspite Road, WoolwichThe corroded railingThe rope and the railing, Woolwich
An alien glow: corroded metal and seaweedBack in black, Woolwich"They've got more choice!"Self-portrait in WoolwichWolverine shadowRiverhope Mansions

Industry and Decay: A Journey Along the Thames from Greenwich to Woolwich, a set on Flickr.

On July 11, as part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, I cycled east from Greenwich, intending to travel to the Thames barrier, on the border of Charlton and Woolwich, but then carrying on, through Woolwich to Thamesmead, the satellite town originally built in the 1960s, and used as the setting for Stanley Kubrick’s notorious film “A Clockwork Orange,” and back via Belmarsh prison and Plumstead, before rejoining the Thames Path once more for the journey back west, and home.

I’m posting these photos in four sets, and this is the second, following Chasing Clouds in Greenwich: Photos of a Journey East Along the Thames (or see here), in which I recorded the first stage of the journey, through Greenwich under a brooding, rain-filled sky. In this second set, as the rain fell, I passed some of the surviving industrial sites alongside the river, in east Greenwich and Charlton — or, to be strictly accurate, New Charlton — and on past the Thames Barrier to Woolwich, through industrial estates, and with a diversion to an evocative set of river stairs. The rain had passed by the time I reached Woolwich, and the sun was shining once more, but the weather was so restless that there were wonderful lively skies, as captured in the next photo set, which I’ll be posting tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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