I took today's permitted outdoor exercise with 1 person from another household walking the route of the Hogsmill again. The other person being my old pal Lincolnshire Tom, fellow exiled Grimsby Town supporter and resident of this postcode area. We rendez-voused at the confluence of the Hogsmill and the Thames at Kingston Riverside and started the walk upstream. Whilst waiting for Lincs Tom I strolled up to the bridge and back, past the houseboats (there are probably about 20 on this section.).
|Kingston Bridge from the upstream side|
|Casting on a houseboat. The elf was probably about 4 feet high.|
|Houseboats on the Middlesex side of the river|
|Looking up the Hogsmill from a bridge over the river mouth|
|In the development of the Thames riverside around the year 2000 the mouth of the Hogsmill was made into a sort of mini-delta with a section for water fowl to nest|
For much of the walk the ground was very boggy and in parts it was difficult to keep our feet dry, as we've had a lot of rain in January. A lot. Fortunately we found a couple of sturdy sticks to help us keep our footing. The word of the day was 'rasputitsa.
|Bit of history about the gunpowder mills. The packhorse bridge is pictured in last Summer's post about the Hogsmill.|
|Not sure if this is an overflow channel....|
|....or a mill chase|
|Lincs Tom spotted this near the springs outside what looked like a Scout hut but was in fact the HQ of the Epsom branch of the Surrey Beekeepers Association.|
|Wonder how this has been affected by Lockdown|
|This was intriguing. Neither in alphabetical order, nor rank or regimental order. Date of death?|
The initials for some of the regiments had us stumped. We got Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, the Rifle Brigade, East Surrey, City of London, East Yorks Regiment, Royal Fusileers, Surrey or Somerset Yeomanry and Somerset Light Infantry. Others had us stumped. LRB? KRR? RMLI: Royal Marines Light Infantry?
When we got to the area of the springs, where my previous walk up this river ended, we decided to continue on to Nonsuch Park, site of one of Henry VIII's palaces, then on to Cheam* to catch a bus back to our 'endz', thus making the trip circular. My health app tells me I walked 23,000 steps or 15km by the time I got home.
|For some reason this church tower was left standing when the rest of the church was demolished in the 1450s.|
|Nonsuch Palace was towards the bottom left of this map. No trace of it remains |