Friday, January 9, 2009

Rotherhithe village sketch March 2007

Katherine Tyrrell's Travels with a Sketchbook blog has some beautiful sketches of the Thames. This one looks towards Rotherhithe village from the other side of the Thames. Here's what she says about it (see the above page for a larger image and full details and comments about the subject matter, with references):

The first of my sketches on the 13th International Sketchcrawl is this view done from the Thames Path in Wapping. On the south side of the River Thames is Rotherhithe and a site associated with the start of a famous journey. The ship called the Mayflower which carried the Pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. was based in Rotherhithe. In the summer of 1620. she was hired to transport a group of colonists and set sail from close to the very small white building just to the left of centre - which is the Mayflower Inn. The ship's co-owner and captain, Christopher Jones, lived in Rotherhithe and was buried in the churchyard of St Mary's Church in 1622. You can see the church steeple to the right of my sketch. You can also see the chimneys associated with the Brunel Engine House and the Thames Tunnel which Brunel built under the Thames between Rotherhithe and Wapping.

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