Germander Speedwell 

Farm Foreshore Foraging

As part of her Vodafone World of Difference project at Surrey Docks Farm, Germander organised monthly public foreshore foraging events on the farm's Thames foreshore.   The aim was to expand her previously-written foreshore verse (from Foghorns and Subsongs), a list of findings and observations on the foreshore.  


At these public foraging events, participants were encouraged to look for interesting or unusual items that could be incorporated into the verse, and to collectively try to identify and describe them.   Here are the results - the completed verse, and photos of some of the participants and the impressive and fascinating objects they found.  

Clay pipe bowl - Turk's Head Ford Stepney pipe part Pipe bowl fragment - domed church Pipe identifying 13 May RAOB - side on, cropped RAOB pipe - cropped Foreshore findings - glove with clay pipes SMITH pipe stem - cropped Archie with animal tooth Crockery piece with chicken and cart Archie with CLIFF brick Bobby with bottle bottoms Family Foreshore Findings Foreshore findings - butterfly - cropped Foreshore findings - long pipes, toy wheel - cropped Foreshore forage - group after Liam with holed brick NO RETURN bottle Pile of findings, 10 June Ferret foraging Fleur-de-lis Pattern Stem Patterned stem

A Turk's head clay pipe bowl - this particular design is from the early 19th C, by the Critchfield pipe-making family who had a base nearby in Bermondsey

Fragment of clay pipe bowl made by John Ford of Stepney

A brick made by Joseph Cliff and Sons of Wortley, Leeds

This clay pipe bowl that this fragment is from commemorates the International Exhibition of 1862 - you can recognise this domed entrance in the picture opposite.  

This clay pipe is from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes!

Dating clay pipe bowls by their shape;  a perforated brick;  one of many animal tooth finds...

Bottle bases; a latex glove stuffed with one forager's clay pipe stems; and an appropriate crockery find for a farm!

Patterned fragments of clay pipe stems              The findings are assembled for inspection and identification

Albert, the farm's albino ferret, joins in the foraging         A bottle embossed  'NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN'.

Foreshore verse Great International Exhibition 1862 picture

The great domed facade of the International Exhibition building of 1862, which you can see on the pipe bowl fragment opposite.  This was built on the site which is now the Natural History Museum.

Brick - Farnley

A brick from Farnley Iron Co Ltd of Leeds