the mystical east

East London.  It always seems a bit different to any other part of the capital.  I can never put my finger on why it feels so different, and it certainly isn’t a negative thing.  It has history of course, which part of London doesn’t?  But the history of East London just seems different, almost other worldly.  I’m not making a lot of sense here am I?  What East London certainly has is lots of interesting places to visit, places that you don’t hear much about and places that often don’t make a lot of sense.  On a Cabbie Family outing on Sunday, we certainly came across more than one of these places.  Our trip seemed to throw up all sorts of strange and interesting places & happenings, including my rubbish camera not opening properly, hence the slightly strange images of the Dome and the Lighthouse.

You can see the gallery of pictures above that were taken at Trinity Buoy Wharf, truly a place you would only ever find if you knew it was there.  I’d only heard of it because it sometimes gets asked on the Knowledge and it has stuck in my mind ever since.  Just off the Lower Lea Crossing in Orchard Place, it’s home to London’s only Lighthouse.  And in that Lighthouse is an intriguing if somewhat strange sound installation – Longplayer.  Not sure I really ‘got’ Longplayer, but it does allow you access to the Lighthouse so should be commended for that alone.  Also at Trinity Buoy Wharf is Container City, where there is a variety of work spaces and homes, all almost literally in the shadow of The Dome/O2 Centre/Whatever it’s called these days.  TBW as a whole seems like a nice place to be, a little community of artists & artisans with their own Fat Boys Diner on site.  Who could ask for more?

So after suitable refreshment, we headed further east for me to sort out some photos for this weeks Building of the Week, before deciding that it was about time we gave the Woolwich Ferry a spin.  Not having been on it before (we’re SW, why would we??) this caused huge excitement amongst the older members of the group, the Cabbette remaining non-plussed throughout.  But as we headed towards the Ferry we came across something I’d never seen before and certainly didn’t know existed; the North Woolwich Earth Station.  Formally owned by BT but more recently bought by Arqiva (who?) you can read more about it here.  But it really took us by surprise and Mrs Cabbie went a bit mental with the camera, you can see a couple of her photos of the place in the gallery, with added art teacher juxtapositions.  Click on the thumbnails above to see the full size photos.

Then we got thunder & lightning and enough rain to make actually seeing the river quite difficult.  But we are no longer Woolwich Ferry virgins and we even saw lots more interesting stuff on the way home.  I won’t bore you with all that now, it can wait for another time, click on my Flickr stream if you really feel the need to see the other photos taken.  We had a great London day out in the east, I heartily recommend it.

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  1. Arqiva do more than you might expect – they’re formed from the former transmitter division of the IBA, and the former transmitter division of the BBC, plus a few other bits and pieces they subsumed along the way. And they’re owned by a big Australian bank.

    Nice post – I might go for a wander out that way myself on a sunny day (and see how their teleport compares to the one we’ve got at work 🙂

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