I had visions of torch lit mudlarkers scouring large stretches of river bed that the Thames usually hides. But surprise surprise we were the only ones daft enough to go down there.
The contrast between the smooth bricked modern city above and the rubble and wooden stumps of its past where we scrabble about was somehow heightened in the dusky light. Later the shore was bathed in city neon so navigating our way was easy.
Head torches and bike lights lit up circles of shore for us to examine. Low tide came and went and still I'd hardly found a thing. It was only after midnight that my luck turned and I glimpsed a few pieces of choice pottery. But find of the day must be this small bit of flint. I have no idea how old these human workings are or what they were for, I hope the Museum of London will be able to help me out.
|Mudlarking Find: Flint Fossil|
|Sea Urchin Fossil (tesswyatt.blogspot)|
|Mudlarking Find: Cream pottery with brown glaze and relief flowers|
|Mudlarking Find, pot rim with handle possibly from 16th C.|
|Skillet 16th Century Ashmolean Museum Oxford|
|Mudlarking Find: Possible piece of delft tile 18th C.|
|London Delft Tile circa 1750 (Martyn Edgell)|
and then the red moon rising south of Tower Bridge, as party boat after party boat passed by with drunken Londoners shouting and singing their hearts out.