Trinity Buoy Wharf

It’s a long time since I’ve been to Trinity Buoy Wharf, the old industrial site at the junction of the River Thames and River Lea, where the Elder Brethren of Trinity House built a lighthouse in 1852 and used the surrounding site for the storing and construction of the buoys which helped navigation on the Thames. The site was acquired in 1998 from LDDC by Eric Reynolds and Urban Space Holdings as a space for ‘the arts and cultural activities’.

One approaches through the residue of the old light industrial workshops:-

The wharf itself is a mixture of old warehouses and new buildings made out of containers:-

It’s a very lively and impressive setting for the Royal Drawing School’s Foundation Year, where 44 students, some local, go through an intensive programme of teaching from 10 o’clock to 5 o’clock, learning not just about drawing, but about printmaking, sculpture, painting and photography. They’re in Week 3.


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