I set off this morning to meander the 13 or so miles east to Crossness Pumping Station which raised London's sewage, six tons at a time, to a height sufficient for it be put into the Thames at the end of Sir Joseph Bazalgette's Victorian sewer network. Crossness is open for just a handful of days this years and I can't recommend it highly enough. You'll have an advantage going later in the year in that you won't have to undertake a fair old detour to avoid the London Marathon which, I hadn't realised, was also taking place today.
Here are some photos I took today of some of the things that entertained me on my marathon journey there and back, starting with this teasing sign near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich .
A great stencil
in a perfect location in Thamesmead near Crossness
The exterior of Crossness Pumping Station
and the exquisite cast iron detail within
The detailed explanation
Information to divulge next time you're dining on moules et frites
In the grounds, supermarket home delivery is nothing new
Returning via the Thames Cycle Path, Peter Burke's sculpture Assembly,
which invites puerile word play games as it's located at Royal Arsenal.
The Royal Artillery Museum at the Royal Arsenal
Crossing the Thames on the free Woolwich Ferry
A confusing sign
Thames Barrier Park
The Thames Barrier
Taking Cycling Superhighway 3 home I discovered the north London section of the London Marathon. What a good day of the year it would be to make London car-free in the Bogota 'Ciclovia' way.