Story Challenge: Letter ‘W’

Once wherries were the main transport and Thames watermen the elite of traders, wafting passengers in all directions when London had but one bridge.

waves in the wake
waves in the wake

The Watermen’s Guild was founded in Elizabethan times and still exists to organise apprenticeships and licenses of workers on the Thames boats.

doorknocker at Watermans Hall
coat of arms door knocker Waterman’s Hall  1780

Looking westward to Waterloo, the wide-spanned bridge in celebration of Wellington’s eponymous victory and re-built during the second World War, mostly by women.

westward to Waterloo
westward to Waterloo

Without a wide-angle lens, I’ve had to paste together the Westminster panorama where the wiry spans of Hungerford bridge blend with the cantilevered ‘Millenium Wheel’ to its left.

Westminster from Waterloo
Millenium wheel London eye
eye of London in the observational wheel

We may see as far as Windsor from the London Eye but Waterloo’s eastward view is more worthwhile – a wondrous skyline, where Church and Mammon wage war for prominence and national status. If ever I am tired of London it is this horizon which makes me count my blessings.


A rather long-winded photo-essay for Frizztext’s  story challenge on the  ‘Letter W’


8 thoughts on “Story Challenge: Letter ‘W’

  1. The views along the river with the spectacular skyline are what convinced me to do away with my previous dislike of London and embrace the diversity of architecture, the river and the parks. I couldn’t live there though.

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