Ending Enderby’s Agony (Or at least making a fist at it…)
I’ve been banging on about the plight of Enderby Wharf for years. Not just me, of course – in fact I’ve been a lightweight in comparison to some, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that we have a truly important piece of industrial history that faces a not just uncertain future, but is mouldering away before our very eyes.
It is, of course, the birthplace of transatlantic communication; the place where the cables that connect us to the USA were manufactured before being shipped out and lain under the seabed.
Some of the winding gear is still there on the riverfront as is, of course, the once-smart Enderby House, but both languish under uncertain futures. Enderby House was even left with the front door wide open for vandals, foxes, whoever to just go in and do whatever they wanted.
Barrett are to redevelop the area (so much for the pledge to keep the area as a working one…) and are demolishing everything they can, but a group, Enderby Wharf has been formed to try to save Enderby house, the winding gear and other river front curiosities like these fabulous steps.
There’s a meeting on 25th June with Hard Hat, the PR firm working with Barrett, and it would be great to get a head of steam working over what could happen with Enderby House and the Winding Gear, so that they can not only be used for something good, but cherished as much as some of Greenwich’s Royal and cultural history.
I am very excited about the formation of this new group. We can’t stop the relentless development of the riverfront, but we can act to save what history we have left.
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