Mudlarking on the Thames

In Victorian London, a Mudlark was a child who dug in the muddy Thames shore for valuables. With raw sewage being dumped into the river, it was a nasty occupation. Today, the Thames is one of the cleanest metropolitan rivers in Europe. On our trip to London, Nettie and I walked the bank at low tide and found stems from 17th century disposable clay pipes. No digging necessary! There are several access points on the South Bank between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. If you’re interested in the history of the Thames visit the Thames Discovery Programme site. They offer guided tours of the shore and hands on archaeology events.

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