Ray Thompson Oral History

Ray Thompson Oral History

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Ray Thompson Oral History
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Ray Thompson was born and bred on Ballast Quay at the time when it was known as Union Wharf and he still lives in Greenwich, managing his promotional clothing business from a design studio overlooking the Thames on Highbridge Wharf. He recalls growing up next door to his grandparents in what was then considered a slum in a predominately industrial area dominated by the noise of Robinson's Iron Yard, loading and unloading scrap metal. His boyhood was spent playing along the riverfront, scrounging treats from peanut barges, and on the war damaged bomb sites in the locality. He regrets the passing of the era when the river was fringed by a forest of cranes and feels that much of the current wave of construction in the post-industrial period is destroying the heritage of this historic part of the docklands.