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Monday, 21 April 2014

Trinity Buoy Wharf



Trinity Buoy Wharf is an industrial area situated at the junction of the river Lea and the River Thames opposite the O2 arena.  Between 1803 and 1988 wooden buoys and later iron buoys were made and repaired in the workshop by the river.

Some of these buoys can be seen in the street leading to the wharf.








One of the wharf's most famous features is this lighthouse, the only lighthouse in London. However this was not used for guiding ships away from the rocks but was an experimental lighthouse to develop lighting for lighthouses and lightships. It was also used to train lighthouse keepers. Originally there were two lighthouses here. The first one built in 1854 was used by Michael Faraday for experimenting on lighting to be used along the Kent coastline. That one was demolished in 1920s. This surviving lighthouse was built in 1864.





This is a reconstruction of Faraday's workshop next to the lighthouse.
















An old  lightship moored alongside the wharf which has been converted into a photographic studio.





 Trinity wharf has now become container city and a centre for the arts. These old shipping containers have been converted into working/living units, offices, studios and cafes.



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26 comments:

  1. Wow! The buoys and lighthouse and light ship - just fantastic! It's certainly a creative way to use old shipping containers.

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  2. Oh, I do agree with Mick!! Very creative indeed and great shots for the day!! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!

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  3. Thanks, I didn't know about a lighthouse in London. It is great idea to convert shipping containrs into working units or living. It looks so unusual and modern in some ways.

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  4. The lightship reminds me of one like it moored in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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  5. Fascinating post! Such a great idea to make Trinity Wharf a centre for the arts! I loved the photo of Faraday's workshop. I guess those colourful balls hanging from the ceiling would have arrived with the tide?

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  6. Love the photos especially the red boat.

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  7. Really interesting post, especially the training lighthouse and the container homes. They would fit in with the Tiny House movement I'm hearing a lot about lately. It would be interesting to see what they were like inside.

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  8. Fascinating post and great photos of an intriquing and historical place ~ for OWT ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. I love the lighthouse and the bright red boat.. The containers seem a little small for homes? Sounds like a great area for the centre.. Great post, thanks for sharing! Enjoy your new week!

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  10. It is an interesting scene, with the reuse of shipping containers but I wonder how it will appear in a couple of decades. Maybe such things are not meant to permanent.

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  11. I always like seeing your walks. I love lighthouses and the buoys are huge.

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  12. Lots of history there -- you really cover your City in all its wonderful aspects!

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  13. I grew up on a peninsula and have seen a lot of lighthouse but none like that. I love that the lighthouse boat is red!

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  14. Love your pics (am a retired teacher too:) ). My favourite is the red boat,

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  15. Dearest Fun60;
    I've never seen nor known lightship p;) My city is also an industrial city with big company beside the sea. Your pictures are SO intriguing comparing my city♡♡♡ Thank you very much for sharing with us. Have a wonderful week ahead, my friend.

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  16. Wonderful and interesting.

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  17. These lighthouses and buoys are interesting! I have never seen so many of them together.

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  18. I really like the way the shipping containers have been recycled!

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  19. Really enjoyed viewing your images, love the light ship in red.

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  20. I am really impressed with the ability of rich temperate countries to preserve their heritage structures, unlike us here in the tropics! Aside from inability to maintain or restore ours favorably, environmental conditions make them more difficult and sometimes impossible. By the way, that red color for that boat lighthouse is awesome!

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  21. Love the nautical theme! But most of all I love the lighthouse.

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  22. Interesting post. Learned something :).

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  23. Very interesting! I love that red colored boat much!

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  24. Thank you for showing me an area that I would not have discovered. I looked up Faraday.....what a brilliant man! How clever to repurpose the containers!

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  25. loved to see the images of the old lighthouse. Both outside and inside. Gorgeous furniture. :)

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