The London Docks

Map of the London Docks, 1921

Map of the London Docks, 1921

The London Docks are no longer functioning dockyards, although the Shadwell Basin remains as a leisure centre for water sports. I returned to take photographs and to follow the remains of the lines of the Docks, using the information above, and Google maps. The historical information is in an earlier post.

There were three entries to the London Docks: Hermitage, Wapping, and Shadwell. Shadwell seems to have consisted of the London New Dock, and the Basin, each with separate entries to the Thames and the east dock. I am going to start at the Hermitage entry, and progress from west to east.

Hermitage entrance to the Thames

Hermitage entrance to the Thames

The Hermitage, western entry (closed) to the London Docks with 1914 PLA building

The Hermitage lock entry to the basin, with 1914 Port of London Authority building

The Hermitage basin

The Hermitage basin

The remains of the canal connecting the Hermitage basin to the main dock

The remains of the canal connecting the Hermitage basin to the main dock

Depth markings on the Hermitage canal

Depth markings on the Hermitage canal

The London Docks - a strip of water retained and a quiet spot

The London Docks – a strip of water retained and a quiet spot

The water without the Shard

The water without the Shard

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London Dock wall seen from Pennington Street

London Dock wall seen from Pennington Street

Parts of the surrounding walls remain in Wapping Lane, Reardon Street, and Tench Street:

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Gas light

Gas light

Captain Bligh sailed from here

Captain Bligh sailed from here

The entry at Wapping is now a private garden and the lock is paved over.

The Wapping entry

The Wapping entry

Merchants' houses at the filled in Wapping lock

Merchants’ houses at the filled in Wapping lock

New photinia leaves in Wapping Gardens

New photinia leaves in Wapping Gardens

The link between the London Dock and the East Dock remains:

The link between the London Dock and the East Dock

The link between the London Dock and the East Dock

The East Dock is now a park, although signs of the dock can be seen:

The East Dock, now a park

The East Dock, now a park

In the wall of the park, formerly the East Dock

In the wall of the park, formerly the East Dock

The park, formerly the East Dock

The park, formerly the East Dock

The link to Shadwell Basin could have been in the countryside -

The link between the East Dock and Shadwell Basin

The link between the East Dock and Shadwell Basin

The bascule bridge

The bascule bridge

Shadwell basin, with two entries

Shadwell basin, with two entries (the one on the right is blocked)

And finally we are back at the Thames, with Canary Wharf buildings over the West India Docks.

Canary Wharf and the Thames

Canary Wharf and the Thames

Interesting post here

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About Candy Blackham

I enjoy making things - gardens, food, clothes - and I would like to share my new discoveries
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3 Responses to The London Docks

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  2. I can recommend walking this route!

  3. Great post! Looks like a really fun part of London to explore.

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