The former gravel pits at Staines Lammas are now a nature reserve
presumably becuase it is cheaper than filling them in properly
The lakes are dangerous - and the flowers are for teenager Leon Wilson
who drowned when
swimming here with friends in 2016. Signs warn against the dangers
of swimming but some ignore them.
A lifelbelt rests on the edge of some reeds in the lake
A tunnel takes the footpath under the Staines By-pass
but the field it leads to is flooded
and we decide against taking the path
but walk along another which runs beside the Staines Aqueduct which
brings water from the Thames to Staines Reservoirs
Duncroft is now flats. The early 18th century listed mansion was an
approved school for girls from 1948 to the late 1990s.
Jimmy Saville who stayed in a flat on the top floor was found to have
abused at least 23 girls there. The school finally closed in 1991.
The Bells looked welcoming but we didn't stop
Church St and at right the former Ashby Brewery tower
Church St crosses the River Colne
The listed house at centre right is on Clarence St and is being deliberately
let go to ruin
Behind Church St is Goring's Square where a butcher had a slaughterhouse.
It now leads to the side of the cinema in Two Rivers.