Bugsby’s Reach: Consultation starts on name change

From the Thames Barrier to the O2 you are alongside a section the River Thames known as Bugsby’s Reach.

It may have been named after a Geenwich Peninsula gardener.

However, the Port of London Authority is preparing to rename the river here Waterman’s Reach on Friday 18 September to mark the 500th anniversary of the Watermen’s Company foundation on that date by Henry VIII.

This is an important anniversary of a vital body but it does seem a pity to change a very old name which is also part of the Thames heritage.

The PLA consultation on the planned name change ends on Tuesday 21 April.

More details and some very good points are on the 853 blog.


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