Wednesday 18 May 2011
Mary and I met at Grange Hill Station, Linda being on holiday, and walked around the corner, relieved to see a 362 pulling up. We had a brief wait while the driver had a break, and were off by 10.25. We looped our way round residential areas, with good gardens, wondering whether the fact that they had no garages meant that they had once been public housing.
As we came up towards the Fairlop Water Industrial estate, the mix was varied by blocks of apartments, but soon we were into greenery , with very distant views of Canary Wharf and, indeed, the Shard and that new building at Elephant and Castle. There were horses in some of the fields, and so we missed Linda, who loves to see horses! And we passed the Hainault Forest Golf Complex as well.
A wooden whale on a roundabout as we approached Mark’s Gate told us we were arriving at Whalebone Lane, and the naming (Moby Dick, because I know the picture is very small!) of an intersection with the A12 confirmed the cetacean theme. I have been unable to discover if there were corset makers around here, or whether it was to do with the whale trade in general.
This is where we saw the first residential tower block of today’s journey.
Nipping round the Eva Hart Pub, a Wetherspoons named for a local lady who survived with her mother but not, sadly, her father, when the Titanic went down, we came to The Keith Axon Centre. This is a real puzzle: it’s a Redbridge Library and Children’s Centre, but its website does not say who Keith Axon was (or is) and if you Google the name you get a veteran member of the BNP. I am baffled.
Actually, the issue still seems to be live in July 2012.