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To Ikea And Beyond [Jan. 21st, 2017|07:28 pm]
Tony Grist
We went for a shopping spree at Ikea in the Riverside shopping centre over the river in Thurrock. When we were we living in Oldham we had an Ikea just down the road in Ashton-u-Lyne- and developed a taste for their cheap mats and scented candles. We spent £30 or thereabouts. You get a lot of beautifully designed fripperies for that sort of money at Ikea.

Here's the church at Aveley, just up the road.



We had lunch at the Royal Oak in South Ockendon. They don't get the custom they deserve because they're set back off the road- at the back of the village green. The building is medieval, with a 17th century extension and- according to a rumour I've not been able to verify- the great Sid James used to drink there.

I wanted to have a walk by the Thames- and the locals at the Oak suggested there was access to the river bank at Purfleet...



Purfleet is where the British army and navy used to store their gunpowder. There were originally five magazines The one which is still standing is a scheduled ancient monument. You could get a lot of gunpowder in five magazines this size. Drop a match and much of South Essex would have ceased to exist .

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[User Picture]From: artkouros
2017-01-21 07:47 pm (UTC)
We have an Ikea here. I never go because it's on the other side of town - 1 1/2 hours by highway. I hear their meatballs are good, never tried them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-21 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ailz likes the meatballs but they usually make her ill.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2017-01-21 09:22 pm (UTC)
The fish dinner at IKEA in Canada is good.
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From: ambezi
2017-01-21 09:47 pm (UTC)
That Ikea is at Lakeside not Riverside. I've had super lamb shanks there after 5 pm, don't know if they still do them. I'm not usually around the area at that time.
Nice pictures. Thanks from Chatham.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-22 09:17 am (UTC)
Quite right. I keep getting those two mixed up.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-01-21 10:42 pm (UTC)
We have an IKEA here in town and our house is full of good IKEA ideas.

That's a wonderfully sturdy church tower.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-22 09:19 am (UTC)
I've admired it at a distance every time we whizz past on the London orbital. Yesterday I actually got to visit.
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From: cmcmck
2017-01-22 10:41 am (UTC)
That's a church I don't know.

We had Upnor Castle just across the river from us where the Navy stored a lot of theirs at one time.

One spark and goodbye Chatham!
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