At Work - Thames Barrier by Victoria limerick

The Thames Barrier is the world’s second largest movable flood barrier (after the Oosterscheldekering in the Netherlands) and is located downstream of central London. Its purpose is to prevent London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the sea. It needs to be raised (closed) only during high tide; at ebb tide it can be lowered to release the water that backs up behind it. Its northern bank is in Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham and its southern bank is in the New Charlton area of Charlton in the London Borough of Greenwich. Tone mapped in Photomatix.


  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic work!

  • Thank you Svetlana, it was a lovely shoot in Greenwich

    – Victoria limerick

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonalmost 4 years ago

    This must be new since I was in the London area… serving in the Air Force in So. Ruislip. Quite a piece of construction and a very nice image of it, too! :-) Pete

  • Thank you, it was built between 1974-82 and is an amazing sight, l’m guessing you served in the Air Force before then or you would have seen something happening in that area.

    – Victoria limerick

  • Lunaria
    Lunariaalmost 4 years ago

    I have really enjoyed your portfolio but especially the above series. Very surrealistic (seeing from the other side of the world). Australia could have used this system in recent flood disasters.

  • Thank you Lunaria, yes the floods you have had to live through were just awful we are lucky to have the barrier to regulate tides or we would be flooding every year, but l guess they realised it would not be good for business if we weren’t the capital city…hmmm who knows if we would still have it.

    – Victoria limerick

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