Instone Wharf

Instone Wharf was constructed to remove excavated London clay from the Crossrail tunnels by barge to Wallasea Island in Essex where it was used to create a nature reserve. This image is one of three recently added to my Walking the Leaway project which, with the passing of time, now seem to fit in rather well. 

In future plans, the wharf is re-imagined as a terminus for a new ‘ecologically focussed’ Limmo Park, making accessible a large section of the riverine landscape after the Crossrail compound at Canning Town closes.

Paynes Wharf

Paynes Wharf dates from the mid-nineteenth century and had been Grade 2 listed and was awaiting development when I made this image in 2010. The Italianate style facade was held up by a steel frame and the sight of Canary Wharf across the Thames through the giant arched windows compressed a scene of urban architectural change. Now the stock bricks, painted stonework, moulded cornices and rusticated keystones have all been restored and on Sunday 12 November it will be one of the first stops on a Creekside architectural photo walk I’m organising for this years Urban Photo Fest.      

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