In Part 3 we travel East to London’s Docklands, an area that was once the largest commercial Port in the world. The original docks were established in Roman times but their biggest period of growth came in the early 1800’s.
During WWII the docks were hit by an estimated 2,500 bombs with 380,000 tonnes of timber destroyed in a single night.
The post war years saw a period of resurgence for the docks until the 1960’s – 1970’s when the adoption of container ships led to their decline and by 1980 all of the docks had closed leaving 8 square miles of derelict land and a legacy of high unemployment and social problems.
As this series is concentrating on the lesser known areas I thought I would portray some less well known views of the area starting with the image below.
Next to the Thames by the Woolwich Car Ferry on the Isle of Dogs sits various artefacts from the docks hey day including this old crane and the ships propeller and anchor below.
The decline of the docks also brought associated decline and subsequent closure of supporting industries such as the branch line of the underground.
However, as the old dockland of wharfs and commerce gave way to finance and leisure industries so the railway gave way to the Docklands Light railway the new high level monorail tracks crossing the abandoned tunnels of the old underground line.
In the next couple of instalments we will look further East into the land of TV’s Eastenders and the upcoming Olympics