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25 October 2011

Admire the view from Saunders Ness

Situated at the South Eastern tip of the Isle of Dogs, formed by the curve of the Thames, Saunders Ness is a spit of sand which dates from the early history of the area, and appears on maps dating from at least the Sixteenth Century.

Now commemorated in the name of Saunders Ness Road, the sandy foreshore is still visible beneath the modern wall, reminiscent of earlier times before the path of the River was not so fixed.

An information board tells of early inhabitants building banks of earth and rocks to stave off the movement of the Thames, which here was much less fixed when the Isle of Dogs was marshy pastureland, referred to as Stebunheath Marsh. Today, the river walls are much more sturdy, and offer excellent views across to Maritime Greenwich and industrial North Greenwich.

For more information, read the information board here.

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