Nelson Society Walk in London
October 21st 2009
We will meet at Blackwall Station ( named after for Blackwall shipyard here famous for building East Indiamen and Naval vessels – the real saying is SHIPSHAPE AND BLACKWALL ) on the DLR at 10.00am at Ground level not on a platform. From there we shall walk through the former Poplar Dock now a marina to Coldharbour to see Nelson House, a lovely Georgian house, where Lord Nelson is said to have stayed during a fleet refit and has been known as Nelson House ever since. It is a private house still so we can only view it from the street. It is amazing that Nelson House and much of Coldharbour survived the heavy bombing during WWII. From Nelson House we will walk down Coldharbour to The Gun Pub – made famous as it is said that Lady Emma Hamilton came there to meet with Lord Nelson. We will stop here for morning coffee. The Gun is right on the riverside has been tastefully restored after a recent fire, still a favourite watering hole in the area.
From The Gun we will have a leisurely walk along the River Thames to the bottom of The Isle of Dogs passing the former building of Cubitt brickworks, across the river we will see the last working dry dock on the Thames, Trinity Almshouses and other local sights. From Island Gardens Park we will have a wonderful view of Greenwich Hospital at Greenwich. We will then make a lunch stop at The Lord Nelson nearby. The current landlord has since 2005 held a Trafalgar Night Dinner. He is very keen to have The Nelson Society lunch at his pub which serves traditional pub food.
After lunch we will walk the short distance to Island Gardens station on the DLR for the one stop ride to Greenwich. There is a foot tunnel under the Thames if any wish to walk the tunnel and meet us in Greensich. At Greenwich we will visit the remains of Greenwich Hospital Cemetery in the front garden of former The Devonport House (now an hotel) before finishing in The Nelson Gallery of The National Maritime Museum. The museum has recently acquired Lord Nelson’s vest which is now on display. There is plenty to see and do in Greenwich.
Though it is a flat walk please wear sensible shoes, there is generally a breeze off the river so it can be cooler. Bring your camera as some lovely views.
Blackwall Station is easily reached from Bank on the DLR – take any train for Beckton or Woolwich Arsenal. If travelling on the Jubilee line alight at Canning Town and catch DLR back two stations to Blackwall Station. From Greenwich one can catch the DLR back to Bank station or one can go by overground rail to London Bridge. London Bridge to Greenwich was the first suburban train service in the World.
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