London’s Docklands: An Illustrated History

Well-crafted history follows the fortunes of an iconic port district.

Author: Geoff Marshall

ISBN: 9780750987790


Full of excellent illustrations and nicely laid out, the book is full of handy tips of places to visit and sights to see so that you can fully appreciate the rich industrial and social history of Docklands.


London’s Docklands is one of the most exciting areas of the capital. Once the docks teemed with men and ships from all over the world, now all is transformed and a new and vibrant area has grown up with commerce, stylish housing, fashionable shops and restaurants. In this fascinating book, the author takes the reader on a journey.

He outlines the historical development of the area from Roman beginnings and the Elizabethan Legal Quays to the construction of the largest system of docks in the world. Life in the docks is described, including their often fraught industrial relations, their eventual demise and the re-birth of Docklands with the development of Canary Wharf.

Dockland’s historic riverside pubs are described, and its former industries, pioneering voyages and fine churches.


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