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Visit to my London printer Monday 26 March, 2018

DLR map.jpg
Map of Docklands Light Railway, London Docklands

DLR was built as a light railway service to Docklands to service the buildings going up there on the redeveloped land as these docks were abandoned and newer, larger docks were build further out into the Thames Estuary.

The DLR connects to both the London Underground and to the national railway services. My destination was Greenwich where my London printer had recently moved to. I had not previously met George. A ssignment we had planned to work on I cancelled because the gallery concerned had announced late my selection as an exhibitor and were proving unreasonable in their demands for framing requirements, especially given the time constraints. George had said that he looked forward to working with me in the future.

My Singapore flight back to the US did not fly out until the Tuesday and so I was left with Monday free. An arrangement to meet my nephew fell apart so I packed up and booked out of the hotel earlier than I had planned. The flight out of Manchester to Houston was scheduled to leave at 10.30 am Tuesday morning which meant catching a  6.30 am flight from Heathrow to connect with the Singapore flight. Security checks meant arriving at Heathrow in time for them.

I spent the early afternoon at the Expresso Room on Southampton Row planning the trip to Greenwich. The photographs below record the journey. I planned to arrive at George’s studio towards the end of his working day.

It is quite something plotting your route across London by tube. Selecting the route that best will take you to your destination takes quite bit of time.

IMG_0302.JPGView out the front of the driverless DLR train.

IMG_0305.JPGA DLR train on an adjoining track

IMG_0306.JPGDevelopment still going on in abandoned dock basins

IMG_0313.JPGA stop on the way to Greenwich

IMG_0315.JPGThe way out from Greenwich Station, a pedestrian only walkway

IMG_0316.JPGThis particular American hotel chain has hotels all over London


The sign outside the Travelodge noting the buildings on the same plot. The station walkway is to the left and Hopyard Studios, where George has his, is to the right.

IMG_0318.JPGGreenwich High Street looking North

IMG_0320.JPGTypical residential council architecture of the sixties in Britain

IMG_0321.JPGThe seventies version

IMG_0322.JPGLooking South on Greenwich High Road

IMG_0323.JPGThe quadrangle where Hopyard Studios are. They are to the left.

IMG_0324.JPGLooking North towards Greenwich Station walkway. Nobody resident in the area to whom I spoke could give a name to the quadrangle.

IMG_0325.JPGThe entrance to George’s Hopyard studio is on the right

IMG_0329.JPGEnterprise boards exist all over the UK and are usually joint ventures between local government and commercial developers to redevelop local land left vacant from a previous use, in this case, into multi-use.

IMG_0330.JPGThe allowing of vehicles into an area where very small children walk is surprising.

IMG_0333.JPGA service road might have been provided instead

IMG_0334.JPGNot sure if the architectural term for this building’s window feature is castellated or embrasure

IMG_0338.JPGNice feature. Of utility to the residents, though?

IMG_0339.JPGRecreation room for the community and arts centre on the opposite side of the quadrangle.

IMG_0340.JPGBeyond the interior of the community room is an open courtyard for use by the surrounding residents.


IMG_0346.JPGView of the Hopyard Studios looking South

An office building next to the Bright Horizons day school seen above

IMG_0349.JPGClear use of mixed external materials in the construction of these low rise residential units

IMG_0351.JPGNo doubt as to English politeness. The North Pole is a restaurant on the other side of the Hopyard Studios, facing Greenwich High Road.

IMG_0356.JPGA small tunnel, single carriageway, taking the road alongside Hopyard Studios under the DLR lines.

IMG_0361.JPGThere are pumping stations all over London, some going back to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. They vary in purpose: pumping sewage, storm water and potable water.IMG_0362.JPGThe Greenwich Pumping Station building. The chimney suggests that the pumping engine was steam driven.

IMG_0370.JPGFish and chip shops are ubiquitous throughout the British Isles, more numerous than churches.


Mr Kanizi, a resident of 40 years in Britain, is from the Turkish part of Cyprus.

IMG_0366.JPGHaddock freshly caught in the North Sea and fried by hand by the ever cheerful Mr Kanizi.

IMG_0367.JPGIn Germany  they build standard luxury German automobiles. On the opposite of the road from the fish and chip shop.

All towns and cities everywhere in the world have them

IMG_0377.JPGThe main road into London from Greenwich. The bollards mark the location of a burst water main. Greenwich High Road has been closed since then, which accounts for the absence of traffic in the photos above.

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 10 April, 2018






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