On the recommendation of Otto, I walked out to Joseph Bazalgette’s Abbey Mills Pumping Station by way of the Green Lane which stretches all the way from Victoria Park to Plaistow.
It’s quite a romantic walk, beginning across a bridge over the Hertford Union canal:-
There are views across the wasteland towards Canary Wharf:-
Then, past Stratford, the cathedral of sewage comes into view:-
It’s a fine structure, with its polychromatic arched windows and spiky Russian lantern:-
This is the modern equivalent, by Allies and Morrison:-
And these are the workers’ cottages:-