Meopham Historical Society Outing (27/03/2010)

Thames Barrier Park, Royal Victoria Docks and Greenwich

As usual, Maureen planned an interesting day out with the Meopham Historical Society. We first made our way to the Thames Barrier Park via the Woolwich Ferry. Whilst some made use of the facilities of a local café, others used the time waiting for our guide to arrive to look at the Thames Barrier and the interesting park. The park is laid out in an old disused dock and has been created to reflect waves by using topiary to very good effect.

Once our guide had arrived we were on our way, past the old Millennium Mills, now due for redevelopment, and on to the site of the Silvertown explosion, where 73 people were killed in a munitions factory in the First World War. Then it was on to The Royal Victoria Docks, where we crossed over the bridge and saw a monument erected to the people who worked in the docks from the mid 19th century until their closure in 1983.

After a short walk alongside the docks we arrived at Pontoon Dock station, where we boarded the DLR for Greenwich. We then had ‘free time’ until our coach left in late afternoon. A sudden burst of rain left me scuttling into the safety of the Greenwich Market. After a quick bite to eat it was a walk up the hill to the Greenwich Observatory. It is many years since I was last there and is now quite different from what I remember, with a very interesting exhibition and lots of hands-on things to do.

In all a very interesting day out.

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Seventeen Come Sunday