Housing on Eel Pie Island; 2009
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Housing on Eel Pie Island; 2009

Torla Evans

© Museum of London

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Housing on Eel Pie Island.
Eel Pie Island is an island in the River Thames. It is situated on the Tideway and can be reached only by footbridge or boat. The island was known as a major jazz and blues venue in the 1960s.
Eel Pie Island was earlier called Twickenham Ait and, before that, The Parish Ait; even earlier the island was three separate aits.
A bridge to the island was proposed in 1889, but it was not until 1957 that one was completed. Today, the island has about 50 houses with 120 inhabitants and some small businesses. It has nature reserves at either end, but there is no public access to these. The island is privately owned and the public can only access the main pathway from the bridge. On a few weekends a year the public can go into the collection of art studios, known as Eel Pie Island Art Studios.




2009 AD - 2009 AD

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