Thames Foreshore Visit - Custom House

  • March 2, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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Running through the heart of London; the Thames has played a central role in the history of the city, and when the tide is low, the capital’s longest archaeological site is revealed.

Come along on Sunday 2nd March to explore 10,000 years of London’s dynamic history...

About the foreshore at Custom House
The area was long known as 'Wool Quay' from the 14th century, as the number of ships that docked here bringing in goods and exporting wool.  A Custom House was necessary to lever the duty payable on the wool.

Guided by Nathalie Cohen, an archaeologist from the Museum of London's Thames Discovery Programme, we will be going down to the Thames foreshore at low tide at Custom House, next door to the Tower of London where we will have about 1h 30mins to have a look around for objects before the tide comes in.

Any objects you find you can keep and Nathalie will tell us more about the Foreshore, the industry in the area and will be on hand to identify and date objects.  Most objects you can spot sitting on the foreshore after being washed in on the tide or by kicking back a few stones with your feet.

Due to Health & Safety, we are limited to 25 people.  If you can't get on, put yourself on the waiting list and I will give you first option on the next foreshore trip we do. 

The foreshore is very stoney, so please wear sensible shoes (preferably walking boots/wellington boots).

Cost is £7 per person for Full Members, everyone else £8 per person.  Plastic gloves will be provided.

Afterwards we will head to a local coffee shop for a hot drink and a chat.

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Hope to see you there!



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  • Suzanne

    Thanks rober, I really enjoyed the morning, and thanks to everyone else who made things interesting and fun!

    March 6

  • Robert

    Nice sunny morning on the foreshore. Big thanks to Susan who baked and brought the biscuits to eat afterwards in the coffee shop.

    March 3

    • Susan B.

      My pleasure! :)
      Falstaff, that was where you went wrong - you stayed by the river all day. Next time I'll leave one for you.

      March 4

    • Falstaff the R.

      Thanks, I think you all went to a Starbucks, which I'm banned from as people tend to scream and throw rubbish at me when I walk in the door. I just thought the screams were from fans (I used to be in the pop group 'Rat Direction')!

      March 5

  • Sue F

    Excellent and interesting. Let's hope low tide plays ball and we can have another weekend trip soon!

    March 4

  • Susan B.

    Great day! My first foreshore event - looking forward to more of these in the future.

    March 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found very interesting for a 1st meetup leant a little bit

    March 2

  • Sarah

    Very good, thanks for organising it Robert!

    March 2

  • C B.

    Great morning - sun shining, not raining....lovely!

    March 2

  • carole b.

    brilliant as always even though I fell over and got covered in mud

    1 · March 2

  • Kim

    Thanks for a great visit to the foreshore. I'm looking forward to the next one :-)

    March 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    Given place to someone else on waiting list, got horrid headcold.

    March 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where and who do we pay?!

    February 27

    • Robert

      Pay me when you arrive and I will pay the archaeologist at the end for everyone.

      February 27

  • Michael H.

    what does it mean "I am on waiting list" ?

    February 24

    • Michael H.

      how would i find out whether i can attend or not ?

      February 24

    • Robert

      You will get an automatic email saying that you have moved from the waiting list to the Yes list.

      February 25

  • Michael H.

    I would like to attend the Thames Foreshore Visit - Custom House, I have clicked the button that says i will attend but the system says i am on the waiting list

    February 24

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