Our last visit to the foreshore in 2019 was in December to Enderby’s Wharf and Piper’s Wharf in Greenwich.

We found this interesting layer, made up of river alluvium which contains artefacts from multiple periods. It’s possibly been dredged elsewhere on the river and used to build up the foreshore here. It’s sitting on top of a peat layer, with the remains of roots from a prehistoric forest, creating some foreshore stratigraphy! It’s rare we get sections like this on the foreshore.


We also had a look at a grid iron, just upstream, at Piper’s Wharf. A few bits of barge have stranded here, including a keel and some decking, much to Elliott’s delight!


The barge timbers seem to have arrived in the last few years. They’re not in photos Helen took of the site in 2013. It’s possible they may have been left from the Thamescraft Dry Docking Services yard which used to be based here, until they moved upstream a few years ago.


There’s a great photo of grid iron in use on Britain from Above. Zoom in on the eight barges moored perpendicular to the riverbank on the centre right, the barge fourth from the right is on this grid iron.

While you’re there, zoom in on the cable being loaded into the ship just upstream at Enderby’s Wharf. You can read all about the submarine cables which were manufactured, including the Transatlantic Cable, on the Atlantic Cable website

There’s more information about Piper’s Wharf on the Greenwich Peninsular History website

We’re going to try and find out more about where the alluvium may have come from originally, and about the boat works at Piper’s Wharf. Enderby’s Wharf area is visited regularly by a few of our FROGs who mudlark in the area, and they will be keeping an eye on the foreshore here, and monitoring erosion damage.

You can see more photos from our visit on Flickr:

Enderby's Wharf Monitoring Visit (FGW06): December 2019