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    Default does anyone remember a beach opposite tower bridge

    someone brought this up the other day in a conversation according to them it was a beach made by tonnes of sand brought in by barges some time in the 1930`s people used to paddle and swim in the thames and they had deck chairs and punch and judy shows there apparently it was there untill the 1970`s .i had no knowledge of this and thought it was a wind up

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    Default Re: does anyone remember a beach opposite tower bridge

    quoted from a google link...........'As your boat leaves The Tower be sure to notice the surprising sandy beach to your left. This is unique for the London Thames and came about due to the philanthropy of the late Lord Wakefield who made it into a pleasure beach for the poor children of London in the 1930s. A sandy beach is surprising to see along the Thames shoreline.'

    and it's still there today

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    Default Re: does anyone remember a beach opposite tower bridge

    No personal knowledge but I have seen a photo of this beach before with people sitting in deck chairs.
    1976 Vintage

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    The beach on the Thames.

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