The Waterways of East London

Meopham Historical Society Outing (11/07/06)

In the early hours of 11th July 2006, 45 members of the Meopham Historical Society set out on an excursion of the East London waterways. We boarded an old barge, the ‘Jenny Wren’ at Camden Lock and set out on our adventure, which was to take us nearly 7 hours travelling through 15 locks and twelve miles of waterways. Maureen, the organiser, had as usual ordered the best of weather and we were treated to a very enjoyable day. Instead of the usual tourist route towards Little Venice, we headed in the opposite direction to East London. We travelled at first on the Regent’s Canal as far as Limehouse Basin and then continued our journey along the River Lea (sometimes called Lee). What a novel way to travel and what a different perspective one has away from the normal hustle and bustle of London. There was plenty to see to keep us occupied for the whole trip. Our captain gave a very good commentary, the helmsman got us through all the locks without mishap and the 2 lock openers and closers did their job well.

Thanks go to all who made this an excursion to remember, with special thanks to Maureen for organising it. Also thanks to Sheila for taking notes on the journey. It enabled me to identify the photos.