Stratford is also a mini-hub for National Express ...
Not only does Boris the Blue insist on keeping bus timetables a secret, he also won't let on about Underground and Docklands timetables either. So (here) is fbb's attempt to reconstruct a proper table for journeys between Stratford International and Beckton. Not all stations are given a time, but it gives some idea of how long a journey takes and it looks about right.
here) is a much more speculative attempt at the Monday to Friday peak time journeys which run to Woolwich Arsenal. Of course a "real" timetable would merge these two chunks of information. The departure list for Woolwich gives "approx every 8" and "approx every 9" minutes ...
It is sad that the DLR doesn't seem to understand timetables or allow the rest of us to consult them. Presumably the drivers know when they are supposed to leave?
But the big extra fascination in the area is (or was) Stratford Langthorne Abbey founded in 1135, but largely gone by the mid 1800s. Once the railway from Stratford to North Woolwich opened in 1846, what was left of the ruined abbey grounds was swept aside to make way for industrial buildings.
From an Abbey dealing with the Salvation of man's soul to a Cathedral of sewage, salvation of man's health.
There is now a more modern pump house nearby, a far less attractive building, but doubtless more efficient.
On the western edge of the former Abbey site is the River Lea; and in a weird set of spooky coincidences, part of the river there is called the Prescott Channel where Dan Cruikshank found the remains of the Euston Doric Arch (read again).
How about re-naming the town "Stratford Langthorne", then perhaps the odd errant American tourist would realise his Shakespeare searching stupidity and set off in a broadly Birmingham direction.
Next blog : Monday September 19th