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.


Photo by Rob Powell

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.

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One response to “Point Hill’s panoramic view”

  1. trueskiffer says :

    Hello Peter

    What a wonderful honour to have your work displayed in such a prominent position, I must go and see it!

    Gloriana was on her way to the Royal Docks for the Gloriana Achievers Day last Wednesday – we teach 80 children to row in the morning, they race and the winners row QRB, a great success again! Pictures on our Facebook page via our web site. She’ll be coming back up on Monday and then the final event – the Lord Mayor’s Flotilla on the 11th November with an Armistice row immediately afterwards (up to Palace of Westminster for a service and back to HMS President).
    Can you come along?

    Yes, the discussions with Kingston about a boathouse continue…very slowly.

    See you soon, stay well
    Very best

    Malcolm R. KNIGHT
    Events Manager QRB
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