Esoteric London

No. 211: The Thames from Millbank Tower, Millbank, SW1

Posted in The Thames and its Tributaries, Wildlife by esotericlondon on December 20, 2010

The Thames from Altitude 36o, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

London Scenes – W.R. Titterton, 1920:

The Thames at London is unknown to most Londoners, save as a thing they bridge over in a bus or a tram on their way to and from their work. Below the bridges it is used indifferently well by shipping; between the bridges a few stray tugs and barges have it at their will. The gay Richmond river, with its throng of skiffs, becomes the somewhat dingier and less frequented stream at Kew, and then takes a dive in among factories, burrows underground, as it were, or – shall we say? – travels incognito in a mask of mud, until it suddenly reappears, old, grey, but very majestic, in the salt, wide reaches of the sea.

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