Point Hill’s panoramic view
General Wolfe’s acclaimed panoramic view of changing London has been eclipsed at The Point, where landscape gardeners with the help of members of the Greenwich Society have created and renewed a forgotten vantage point overlooking the capital from West to East following the twists and turns of the Thames.
Drawn over the summer, my detailed overview has changed radically as unexpected high rise developments have obliterated views over the Creek and Greenwich Reach.
Photo by Rob Powell
At the ‘Grand Opening’ I felt obliged to offer a new pound coin to those who could spot the hidden waterways which might well be exposed again as trees shed their leaves! The paddle steamer, with its red, white and black funnels, would have helped those spectators on this Tuesday afternoon as she passed downstream out on an evening cruise. It’s a joy to hear her distinctive passage as her paddles beat away.
‘Gloriana’, the Queen’s royal barge, also passed by towards Gravesend to her winter moorings – still no news of her permanent home.