EPW060800 ENGLAND (1939). Surrey Commercial Docks, the River Thames to Balckfriars Bridge and the surrounding city, London, 1939

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Title [EPW060800] Surrey Commercial Docks, the River Thames to Balckfriars Bridge and the surrounding city, London, 1939
Reference EPW060800
Date 12-April-1939
Link
Place name LONDON
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 534532, 180169
Longitude / Latitude -0.06141827947172, 51.503938115531
National Grid Reference TQ345802

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Shadwell Basin, 17/02/2015

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St. Paul's Church, Shadwell, 17/02/2015

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Bascule Bridge, Shadwell Basin, 17/02/2015

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St. John's Warehouse, Wapping High Street, 17/02/2015

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St. John's Churchyard, Wapping, 17/02/2015

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Pier Head, Wapping, 17/02/2015

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Hermitage Basin, 17/02/2015

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Byward Tower, The Tower of London Remembers, 23/10/2014

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St. Mary's & St. Michael's RC Church, Commercial Road, 30/09/2014

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Around 515 Commercial Road, 30/09/2014

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The Royal Duke PH, Commercial Road, 30/09/2014

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Marion Richardson Primary School, 30/09/2014

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Neckinger Mills, Abbey Street, 30/09/2014

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Anonymous pedestrian access to Rotherhithe Tunnel, 30/09/2014

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Rotherhithe Station, 30/09/2014

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Brunel Museum, 30/09/2014

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St. Mary's Churchyard Gardens, Rotherhithe, 30/09/2014

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St. Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, 30/09/2014

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King's Stairs Gardens, 30/09/2014

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St. Peter and the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, Paradise Street, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 12:43:09 PM

Alan McFaden
Thursday 27th of March 2014 09:41:12 AM

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Trinity Square Garden

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The Old Bailey

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Wednesday 5th of February 2014 01:49:16 PM
Unilever House

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Wednesday 5th of February 2014 01:47:53 PM
Spa Road station (disused)

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Monday 3rd of February 2014 10:22:58 PM
Southwark Park station (disused)

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Monday 3rd of February 2014 10:22:16 PM
Surrey Docks station (now Surrey Quays), East London Line

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Monday 3rd of February 2014 10:20:36 PM
Old London Bridge

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Monday 28th of October 2013 10:22:05 AM
Canada Water Area

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Sunday 27th of October 2013 12:27:14 PM
Saint John's Churchyard

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Saturday 26th of October 2013 04:28:15 PM
Saint George in the East

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Saturday 26th of October 2013 04:26:52 PM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:59:35 AM
Lavender and Acorn Ponds

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:56:22 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:55:23 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:54:21 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:53:36 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:52:46 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:51:34 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:50:43 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:50:01 AM

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Wednesday 14th of August 2013 09:49:02 AM
Canada Water Area

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Saturday 3rd of August 2013 03:24:09 PM
Greenland Dock

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Saturday 3rd of August 2013 03:22:43 PM
Southwark Park

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Saturday 3rd of August 2013 03:22:07 PM
St Katharine's Docks

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London Bridge Railway Station 1980's

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Monday 24th of June 2013 09:11:12 PM
Saint Paul's Cathedral

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Monday 24th of June 2013 09:09:46 PM
Blackfriars Road and Rail Bridges

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Monday 24th of June 2013 09:08:35 PM
Southwark Bridge

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Monday 24th of June 2013 09:07:44 PM
Cannon Street Railway Station

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Monday 24th of June 2013 09:06:45 PM

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User Comment Contributions

St.-George-in-the-East Church, 17/02/2015

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St. Paul's Church, Shadwell, 17/02/2015

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Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:31:41 PM
Bascule Bridge, Shadwell Basin, 17/02/2015

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Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:23:09 PM
Bascule Bridge, Shadwell Basin, 17/02/2015

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Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:22:42 PM
Tower Bridge from Hermitage Riverside Memorial Garden, 17/02/2015

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Wednesday 18th of February 2015 02:14:28 PM
St. Katharine Docks, 23/10/2014

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Wednesday 29th of October 2014 10:49:55 AM
The Tower of London Remembers, 23/10/2014

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Wednesday 29th of October 2014 10:43:19 AM
Rotherhithe Tunnel, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 01:51:25 PM
Rotherhithe Tunnel, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 01:50:48 PM
Rotherhithe Tunnel, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 01:50:22 PM
Rotherhithe Tunnel, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 01:49:56 PM
Rotherhithe Tunnel, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 01:49:31 PM
St. Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, 30/09/2014

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Listed buildings, Rotherhithe, 30/09/2014

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St. Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 12:48:19 PM
A crane, Rotherhithe, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 12:47:02 PM
King's Stairs looking east, Rotherhithe, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 12:46:35 PM
View from King's Stairs Gardens, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 12:46:01 PM
View from King's Stairs Gardens, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 12:45:24 PM
St. Peter and the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, Paradise Street, 30/09/2014

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Wednesday 1st of October 2014 12:43:41 PM
This image was taken less than four months before the start of World war II, during which the Surrey Commercial Docks and the surrounding area of Inner London suffered badly from German air attacks. The docks never recovered their former importance and finally closed in 1970, before undergoing extensive redevelopment since 1981.

John Swain
Wednesday 14th of August 2013 10:46:00 AM
The Surrey Docks suffered greatly from air attacks during World War II and so this image represents the final period of peacetime activity. South Dock was pumped dry for the construction of concrete caissons required for the D-Day landings in June 1944. Postwar changes took place when the PLA sold the docks to the GLC and Southwark Council, and most of the dock areas labelled on this photograph were filled in ready for building, although Greenland Dock was retained. Surrey Commercial Docks officially closed in 1970.



When the London Docklands Development Corporation was set up in 1981, most of the land was parcelled up and sold to developers to create Surrey Quays and Canada Water. Within 25 years, the area has undergone a transformation into South London's answer to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf: new roads, railway links, shopping malls, ecology parks, watersports centres, a youth hostel (the writer stayed here on a short field trip in December '91), residential, leisure and commercial enterprises set up around the docks and wharfs. Some of these changes are indicated on Alan McFaden's accompanying images.

John Swain
Wednesday 14th of August 2013 10:34:53 AM
Surrey Commercial Docks were constructed piecemeal between 1807 and 1876, largely to deal with the imports of timber and nearly a third of all British imports of this commodity were handled by these docks in 1929. Storage accommodation was provided for almost half a million tons and there were specially built sheds for the seasoning of softwood from the Baltic states and eastern Canada, in addition to ponds for floating.

John Swain
Wednesday 14th of August 2013 10:07:04 AM