A punting party eating lunch by Hampton Court - photograph

Punts are broad, flat-bottomed boats historically used by fishermen or to transport goods. By the start of the 20th century, trains had largely replaced boats as goods transport and punting had become a popular pleasure pursuit. Punting on the Thames was most common upriver around Richmond and beyond, where the riverbank scenery becomes more rural. This photo was taken at Hampton Court, on the edges of London. A group of people in two punts have stopped by the towpath for a picnic. The tables are laid with cloths and china plates. There are two wicker hampers in the back of one of the punts. A third, empty punt is moored alongside.
Production Date:
1920 - 1930
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Photographer : Topical Press
Transport for London

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