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Erith [May. 17th, 2006|09:27 pm]
Tony Grist
Erith is where my grandfather grew up. Think Great Expectations and you won't be too far wrong. This is marsh country- with the difference that Pip's home town was on the Medway and Erith is on the Thames. I'd never been there before. 

The town got a make over in the 70s and is due for another makeover now that a Morrisons superstore has drawn customers away from the 70s shopping centre. There aren't many buildings left that my grandfather would have known- a couple of pubs, a couple of churches, the public library. All the 19th century housing stock has been swept away and where the family home one stood is a (defunct) nightclub called Extremes.

[User Picture]From: aellia
2006-05-17 03:33 pm (UTC)
Take away the horizon and it looks just like a spot on Faversham Creek.
I'll find my photo :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-05-18 03:08 am (UTC)
I'll watch out for it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-05-18 03:12 am (UTC)
We saw Erith on a blissfully bright summer's day. This coloured my view. I was expecting grimness and was rather surprised that I didn't get it.

The town centre is a mess- halfway derelict- but Morrisons more than makes up for it.

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