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The River Thames - photos and stories

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Ponyutd, May 20, 2014.

  1. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Spunky Slug

    Depends on your definition of dirty. It is full of sediment, which is mud, which is dirt. It's no longer full of chemicals, but does regularly get filled with turds by Thames Water attempting to justify their super-sewer.
     
  2. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    IIRC David Walliams got a very nasty case of the trots when he ingested a bit of water while he was swimming the Thames for charity.
     
  3. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    The shape and size reminds me of cosmetics bottles from 16th-17th century (also used for various anointing oils etc). Small enough to be portable.
     
  4. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Although to be fair, the turd problem pre-dates any rabbit by TW about their "super-sewer". It's been a regular issue for at least the last 30 years (since inner London's population started growing again, and was an occasional problem during heavy rain long prior to the '80s.
     
  5. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse Spunky Slug

    It's been an issue since Bazzelgette, but I suspect TW has been dumping more frequently in recent years to make the populous cry out for their super sewer. No evidence for this of course, but they are a bunch of scumbag fuckers, so I'm content to go with my theory.
     
  6. Ponyutd

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    Celtic Horned Helmet found on the banks of the Thames, dated to c.150 BC
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    Found near Waterloo bridge in 1868.
     
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  7. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    It's not perfect, but it's a whole lot better now than thirty or forty years ago, when there was a lot more untreated sewage going into it than now, and a lot more industry pumping chemicals into it. Back then it was pretty much biologically dead, eels were about the only things that could live in it, and if you fell in it was a stomach-pump job. Nowadays there's a salmon run, apparently.
     
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  8. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    I was only trying to squeeze in some song lyrics, sorry. :(
     
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  9. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Back when I was a kid in the '60s and '70s, the Wandle still had a fair amount of factories pissing into it, and kids were warned not to paddle in it (didn't really stop us, to be fair!) . Most of them were gone by the mid-eighties, though, except the Kenco coffee works.
     
  10. Ponyutd

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    Thames Water were £200,000 odd for a massive spill of chlorine in the Wandle 2007. The spill more or less killed off the local fish population.
     
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  13. Ponyutd

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    Some goodies from the Thames on Saturday. A couple of nice fossils. A Chinese couple sitting on a bench on a piece of lead. A 17th century trade token. A Victorian gaming piece and odds and sods. Some more bits in soak...all in all a most enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
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  14. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Nice, how does someone go about arranging a day or two mudlarking?
     
  15. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    That S R is a shoulder badge for the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Regiment.
     
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  16. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

    or possibly Southern Railway?
     
  17. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

  18. Ponyutd

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  19. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

  20. Ponyutd

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    Sundays offerings.

    Moroccan 4 falus bronze coin.
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    Sidi Mohhamed 1V
     
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  22. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

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    Battersea Bridge at Night, by John Atkinson Grimshaw
     
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  23. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Just back from a morning on the foreshore at Greenwich, was bloody freezing! Must be my old age... anyway signed up to another morning at Bank when hopefully I'll get some nicer finds :D

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  24. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

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    the new County Hall, 1922/3

    and the River

    and LCC trams

    (posted by rob baker on tweeter)
     
  25. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    Another interesting place to have a poke round on the foreshore would be Charlton. A century or so ago there was a shipbreaker's yard there whose main business seems to have been breaking up old wooden warships, and I remember seeing pieces in the local paper about various bits of old ship turning up near the Thames Barrier.
     
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  26. Ponyutd

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    Good morning London.
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  27. hash tag

    hash tag sickness. now light

    Ever find any guns when rooting about on the forshores?
    I remember helping a clean up party, organised by Thames 21 I think it was. With the health and safety talk we were given lectures about finding guns. They reckoned they regularly find guns, possibly about 1 gun per clean up and sure enough someone found an old hand gun!
     
  28. Ponyutd

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    I have actually found two guns(parts of). Both hand guns and both in a poor condition. A friend of mine, after a very stormy night down at Wapping, found six guns all together. One modern with black tape around the handle, a sawn off shotgun and some older models.

    I seem to come across hand grenades a lot for some reason. The last one I found was below Vauxhall bridge. I reported it and they shut the bridge down....at rush hour!
    The bomb disposal lot turned up and I showed them where I had left a marker.
    Two of them walked down to the foreshore, one of them picked it up and carried it to their van where they put it a mini safe.
     
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  29. Maggot

    Maggot .

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  30. Artaxerxes

    Artaxerxes Well-Known Member

    Went again yesterday, mostly picked up bits of pots and found an intact pipe bowl, struggled to find one last time, its only a cheap one so I am in awe of the one someone else in the group found (theres always one... lucky bastards)

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