Folk Olympics: Monkey Suckers And The Royal Docks

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Folk Olympics: Monkey Suckers And The Royal Docks

A celebration of the folk history of the Olympic boroughs, in story and song.

Songwriter Ruairidh Anderson continues to chronicle the history of the Olympic borough of Newham in song. This week, he explores the underbelly of the Royal Docks.

“Employment was largely concentrated on the docks, the largest of which was Newham's Royal Docks. Not just the greatest in Britain but the largest enclosed docks in the world. And of the employees that worked on the docks an estimated 30% were criminals...”

Lyrics can be found here.

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Previously in Newham

Previously in Waltham Forest

Previously in Hackney

Previously in Greenwich

Previously in Tower Hamlets

Last Updated 27 July 2012