Greenwich’s party on the pier

No, that that pier, but one of the last remains of the industry which once dominated the East Greenwich peninsula – the old coaling jetty for the power station which sat on River Way before being demolished in the 1990s.

Unfortunately – yes, thanks to a closure of the Thames Path – it wasn’t easy for me to get a photo of it yesterday afternoon. But it’s at the centre of the shot below…

There is a plan, however, for this old jetty – to moor some historic ships here. According to its backers… “The Greenwich Historical Ships Harbour (GHSH) project aims to make East Greenwich Coaling Jetty (Mudlarks Boulevard, off John Harrison Way) a public heritage facility enabling historic ships to visit and dock in London with facilities for restoration and conservation projects, skill training, education, research and opportunities for the public and local community to participate.”

It’s officially launched on Saturday between 11am and 4pm with a “party on the pier” where organisers will explain their proposals and outline how you can get involved. It’s a rare example of a Great Project on the peninsula being locally-organised, so if you’re planning a riverside wander at the weekend, do it on Saturday and see what it’s all about. There’s also some more details here.

A few metres up from the jetty, early work on another Big Project is taking place…

…some prodding around in the riverbed for Boris Johnson’s cable car, which passed Newham Council’s planning board again on Tuesday following a hold-up for a safety report by air traffic controllers. (More on which soon, hopefully…)


  1. Are you sure the ‘prodding around’ is for the cable car and not continuing ground investigation for Thames Water’s planned Thames Tunnel?

  2. I’m really excited by the idea of historic ships coming to Greenwich – though we have a terrible track record of looking after old vessels. Such a shame the party’s on Saturday when I’m out. 🙁

  3. No, no, no. The jetty was nothing to do with the gas works – it was the jetty for the Blackwall Point Power Station. The remains of the enormous gas works jetty are further up and have the Gormley thing on it. Happy to provide info about the power station – although, sadly, most of the archive material which had been kept on it was chucked out when the power industry was privatised.

  4. Thanks Mary – I spent a few minutes working out the geography of the site, resolved to remove the gas works reference, then forgot…

    DD – the Thames Water tunnel’s not planned to run via the Thames at that point, and there’s some other works taking place on the site of the cable car station.

  5. The cable car towers will be on land though, won’t they? If so, no need for GI in the river.

    The Thames Route is one of the possible options, admittedly not the preferred, but as I understand it nothing is finalised yet.

  6. No – the main south tower for the cable car is in the riverbed, just where the digging’s taking place.

    The “Thames route” for the sewer tunnel would have a work site south of here (in fact, where the Peninsula Festival is planning to have its stage).

  7. Ah, thanks for clarifying that. I guess space on the south bank is too valuable for riverside properties to waste on infrastructure 😉

    The river work for the tunnel is boreholes and samples so it extends along the whole route, not just at the work sites.

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