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Colourful Foreshore

By Carolineld @carolineld
Colourful foreshore 
The character of the Thames foreshore changes dramatically as it curves through London. At Rotherhithe - visited last weekend with Jane's London - there is plenty of color.
Colourful foreshore
The foreshore is covered with pebbles and copious bricks, worn smooth by the water. Red brick and yellow London stock predominate; chalk offers touches of startling white. Its softness made it ideal for barge beds, upon which the boats could sit safely at low tide.
Colourful foreshore
Much contemporary color comes from rubbish: the green plastic of a crate, marked with the name of a brewery which closed in 1979; a pockmarked beer bottle neck. The unopened crayons and emptied fish tin are more recent - our current contributions to the foreshore archeology. They sit atop fragments of clay pipes, the throw-away waste of an earlier age.
Colourful foreshore

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