ON A TERRACE that overlooks the River Thames at Richmond there is a curious souvenir of the past. The so-called Fish Marker Stone was dug up in the 20th century. It is named thus because there is a carved fish or sea creature on top of it. Now no longer visible because it has worn away, the stone’s inscription bore the words “To Westminster Bridge 14 3/4 miles”. The stone is believed to have marked a fare stage for boatmen carrying passengers along the river.
Train rushing past
The moor’d disus’d canal narrow boat
Such is progress
The advent of railways in the early 19th century rendered Britain’s canal system largely redundant
On the water far below
Smoothly sails a barque
View’d from up on high
The River Dart viewed from the garden of Greenway House, which used to be the holiday retreat of author Agatha Christie from 1936 until her death in 1976.
A pole, a person, some water,
A river in Cambridge: