Tuesday 23 March 2010
This was the continuation of a journey to Barking, in order to pick up the 62, and Jenny and I (in the absence of Mary and Linda) were onto the 238 at 10.20, after a visit to the salubrious (but 20p) loos in the Stratford Shopping Centre (the bus station loos being locked) We had also paused to look at the enormous building site for the Stratford Westfield. (O tempora, O mores! Westfield East now open and boasting, apparently, millions of shoppers, though inadequate bike parking)
We passed the Theatre Royal and St John's Church again and soon were able to admire the covered basket ball courts and other facilities of West Ham Park, which is run by the City of London. We also passed the HQ of the 7th Battalion the Rifles TA, and the imposing Ramgharia Gurdwara.
We wriggled through a remarkable number of National Grid and Thames Water roadworks, giving Jenny plenty of time to comment on the large numbers of tyre shops (she says it's true all over London, though I hadn't noticed) They are often on corners, a bit like undertakers.
There was another fine park as we travelled along Plashet Grove, with Plashet School on both sides of the road, linked by a rather funky footbridge.
We were soon into East Ham, and past East Ham Station, noticing Burges Road, where Eliza used to live. It is now a one way street, as we discovered when we passed its other end, something it wasn't back then. We also noted Wilkinson's Supermarket, not a name known to us, but deriving from Leicestershire. There are lots more of them now - or perhaps we just weren't looking 18 months ago.
We crossed the River Roding, pretty canalised around here, and the North Circular before heading along London Road and into Barking town centre, arriving at Barking Station at 11.00, ready for our walk through Barking to pick up the 62.