Monday 16 August 2010
Any bus that goes from Woolwich to Bluewater is going to be a part of a very full day, given where we start from, and this was no exception. Linda and I had a bit of a walk from the bus that brought us to Woolwich, before we found the headstop, climbing to the top deck of the 96 at 12.25.
houses in between' though I admit that the song references other parts of London. We had a change of driver as we passed the East London Bus Group's Garage, and came to Plumstead Station with a nearby Tandoori restaurant called the Ghandi (whereas the Mahatma's name is more usually spelt Gandhi).
Wimpy burger bar. We had thought that the brand was extinct, but it is alive and well on the borders of Kent. I've put in the link so you can see where the name came from... We were delighted to see both a fabric shop (Loose Linens) and the Welling Sewing Centre, since home sewing seems to be a bit of a dying tradition. Welling also has an HQ for the GMB union. The road then headed straight as a ruler for Bexleyheath, following the 89 route for some way, with some slow traffic because of the 'major gas works' in Church Road. We were amused by the biblical implications of the property lawyers, Cain Associates (how to ensure that your brother does not inherit?)
Bexley's twin towns, which is near to one of the Dambusters' dams, the Mohne.
Hall Place, before coming to the Greyhound Stadium and the clock tower, installed in 1902 by what was then the Rural District Council. Then we moved into Kent, and came rapidly to Dartford, where quite a few people got off, confounding our surmise that we were all going to the shops in Bluewater. The other remarkable thing about Dartford was its Church Tower, with the clock faces offset rather than central, and its feet in the River Darent.