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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