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A picnic on the foreshore at Greenwich.

A picnic on the foreshore at Greenwich.
A picnic on the foreshore at Greenwich.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H1713
Description: Small 'beaches' on the Thames such as this one on the foreshore at Greenwich were a convenient and popular destination for many Londoners. While the nearest coast was a long train journey away, people could get to the Thames beaches after work or school. They were particularly attractive when the port was still thriving and so little of the river was accessible. In this photograph, there are some adults and many children. Some are in swimming costumes - though given the filthy state of the Thames in those days, children would paddle at the river's edge rather than swim.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1930
Credit line: Greenwich Local History Library Collection.
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