The Colours of Narrow Street

Narrow Street is a little architectural enclave sitting just by the Thames between Westferry and Limehouse Basin.  Despite modern building all around it, it retains the earthiness of what the area would have been like back in the day.

Charles Dickens no less hung around here and refers to ‘The Grapes’ pub in ‘Our Mutual Friend’ (although he calls it the Six Fellowship Porters’).  Back then the whole area was a place of warehouses, shipping and limekilns with the sort of undesirables that such a combination would attract.  No wonder Dickens would have chosen it as a location. 

The street has underdone restoration as is the case with many of the old buildings and warehouses in this area which managed to survive both the war and the town planners if the 60’s and 70’s. 

I was taken with the colours on the street with many of the buildings painted in different tones.  It gives a striking effect when combined together.  What better place than to share them here.  It can be accessed very easily from Westferry DLR and is close to the Thames Path so could be combined as part of a very pleasant walk of the area.

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Green doors on Narrow Street

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Red Door with a smiley knocker in Narrow Street

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Green door with Bay tree on Narrow Street

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Blue on Narrow Street

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Window with reflection on Narrow Street

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The Grapes Pub on a Narrow Street