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John Rogers: Most overlooked London walk – Erith to Dartford Creek


October 25,2021

Interesting videos about London, and elsewhere, from London-based film-maker and writer John Rogers, author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city

His blog The Lost Byway

One of the most surprising parts of London – along the Thames foreshore from Erith to Dartford Creek. This was the final stage of the walk I did for Chapter 3 of my book This Other London – from Erith, along the pier then across the salt marshes – the Erith Saltings to the confluence of the River Darent and the Thames at Dartford Creek. Erith in the London Borough of Bexley is place of great history. There are traces of Neolithic trackways and settlement, Bronze Age ‘Beaker People’ burials, it was where the rebellious Barons met with King John to discuss the terms of Magna Carta in 1215. Henry VIII had a naval dockyard at Erith. The original pier was built in the 1840’s and later a grand Pier Hotel and pleasure garden. The pier has been retained and a walk along Erith Pier is one of the great experiences in London. The walk ends at Howbury Moat – a Saxon Manor house built around 900.

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