March 5, 2013
The sun has been shining and river levels are back to normal.
I noticed for the first time today that fences have been erected near Abingdon Bridge with notices warning of unstable banks.
A hole has developed at one point, but the fence is quite extensive, and has reduced the amount of free mooring.
There was another hole in the tarmac path just the other side of the bridge last spring, which got repaired, and there is still the hole in St Helen’s Wharf awaiting repairs.
On this old postcard (I have a copy but not the copyright) the River Thames looks barely navigable near Abingdon Lock with all the small islands and the moldering banks. If there were nobody to maintain the river I guess it might revert to such a state within a couple of generations.
Filed under: River Thames