It is always very pleasant to stand by water and watch someone
else rowing a boat. The onlookers were undoubtedly dressed
in their "Sunday best" for their outing or Sunday
stroll. If it was a weekend there was probably a fee to pay
at the kiosk on the left hand end of the bridge.
By the time this photograph was taken there had been some
minor changes to the two landing stages on the river's edge.
For years there had been shelters on both of them, but they
had been taken down. On the small landing stage on the far
left a small boat is stored out of the water. Rowing boats
were for hire from the other landing stage and a small wooden
hut was at the far end.
There are two rowing boats side by side quite close to the
bank about half way upstream. Someone is standing up in one
of them. This was perhaps not a wise move, despite the river
looking so peaceful, if you consider all the accidents there
have been over the years. A "DANGER"
sign can be seen strung across the water further up-river,
warning those enjoying their Sunday afternoon's boating of
the hazards ahead and the board's reflection is sharply
defined in the calm water.
This photograph was taken some fifty five years or so after Jubilee
Bridge, River and Promenade, 1890s