In Photos: London's Docklands Through The Years

By Londonist Staff Last edited 19 months ago
In Photos: London's Docklands Through The Years

It's the Docklands, but not as you know it...

This area of east London has changed dramatically across the decades — these pictures show times when warehouses were stuffed with ivory, Shackleton's ship was setting off for chillier climes, and windmills made everything look a little Dutch.

Limehouse Studios, 1983. Demolished to make way for Canary Wharf
Source Adam Nathaniel Furman
One Canada Square, 2005
Source Londondocklands
Green and Silley Weirs Upper Dry Dock, Blackwall Yard, c.1929
Source Museumoflondonprints
A new DLR train in Millwall, Isle of Dogs
Source Sharon B
Blackwall Basin
Source Londondocklands
Three Jamaican immigrants (left to right) John Hazel, a 21-year-old boxer, Harold Wilmot, 32, and John Richards, a 22-year-old carpenter, arriving at Tilbury on board the ex-troopship 'Empire Windrush'
Source The Dandy Lion Project
Canary Wharf
Source Londondocklands
Surrey Dock was bombed out, 1940.
Source London Fire Brigade
Canary Wharf, 2011
Source Londondocklands
Ivory floor, London Dock
Source Old London
Isle of Dogs, 1980s
Source Flashbak.com
Isle of Dogs, 1925
Source Old Pics Archive
Aerial view of Canary Wharf, 1983
Source Old Pics Archive
Isle of Dogs, 1984
Source Londondocklands
The wine vaults at London Docks, 1909
Source The Ripper
Wapping, 1983
Source Richie Rich
The Docklands ablaze after the first mass air raid on London.
Source Yesteryear
Shackleton's Endurance leaves West India Dock, 1914
Source The Ripper
Canary Wharf, 1990
Source Londonhistorian
West India Quay, 1913 and today
Source Davenant
A policemen stands by a carriage in front of Docklands warehouse buildings, 1934
Source Londonhistorian
Canary Wharf, 1987
Source Zzapback Photography
The Empire Windrush brings 492 Jamaican immigrants to Tilbury Docks - the start of modern UK immigration
Source Cash Drop History
Prefabs around Galbraith Street on the Isle of Dogs, built quickly to create further housing following bombings, 1946
Source The Ripper
Canary Wharf, 1989
Source Step Outside Guides
Isle of Mudchute looking north-east towards Brunswick Power Station, demolished in 1987
Source This Brutal House
Thames at Limehouse, early 19th century
Source Davenant
One Canada Square
Source Londondocklands
Isle of Dogs, 1950s
Source Old London
Canary Wharf under construction, 1990
Source Londondocklands
Royal Albert Dock, 1960s
Source This Brutal House
The old Poplar Street Baths on the East India Dock Road in Poplar.
Source British History
A sailing ship in dry dock Millwall, east London, 1932
Source Old Pics Archive
Deptford Dock Yard, 1920
Source Old London

Last Updated 06 April 2017