Bow Creek: The River Lea from Bromley-by-Bow to Leamouth via Canning Town with Derelict London Author Paul Talling
This is a walk exploring the dereliction, lost docks, lost pubs and social history along the Lower Lea Valley.
Starting off opposite the derelict office block of Brown & Tawse we then walk past the the disused Bromley-by-Bow gasholders, some modern art installations along the River Lea, Cody Dock (part of the old Imperial Gas and Chemical Works), tales of boxing, murders & snakes at some of the former pubs inc the Anchor, the Royal Oak & the Ordnance Arms,the site of the Bridge House one of East London's most popular music pubs who helped launch the careers of Depeche Mode & Iron Maiden, remains of disused bridges across Bow Creek, the site of the Thames Ironworks who formed a works football team later to become West Ham United F.C.,the lost industries of Leamouth and Trinity Buoy Wharf which contains London's only lighthouse.Finishing up at what is left of the East India Docks. Once famous for it's trade in commodities such as tea, spices, indigo, silk and Persian carpets. Now the remains are used as a wildlife refuge
Rendevous at Bromley By-Bow tube station
District and Hammersmith & City Lines
Blackwell Tunnel Northern Approach
Buses 108, 488 & 323
The lasts approx 4 - 4 1/2 hours and finishes at East India DLR. This area is pretty devoid of boozers but for those who fancy walking for another 8 mins join me at an old school (and cheap) pub for a couple of beers.