Renaming Bugsbys Reach
We talked about this a few months ago – the plan to rename the part of the Thames currently known as Bugsby’s Reach to Waterman’s Reach. It’s in honour of the 500th anniversary of a statute regulating water traffic on the river.
In truth I have no real objection to the idea. But why choose Bugsby’s Reach? It’s quirky, local and historic (it’s believed Mr B was a local market gardener, but I love the mystery – I like to think he was a smuggler in his spare time…). The PLA could have had, certainly with Phantom blessing, the stretch of water next door, Greenwich Reach. I’m relaxed about the name ‘Greenwich Reach’ – we know where we are – it’s geographic, nothing more. Bugsby’s is personal. Let’s keep it that way.
You can read the consultation here
If you agree with me that renaming Bugsby’s Reach is a cheap target, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him that he’s welcome to Greenwich Reach but hands off Mr B…