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London
London
Docklands is the name for the riverfront and former docks in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. Situated in east and southeast London, it forms part of the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Newham and Greenwich. The docks were formerly part of the Port of London, at one time the world's largest port. Following the closure of the docks, the area became derelict and poverty-ridden by the 1980s. The Docklands' regeneration began later that decade; it has now been redeveloped principally for commercial and residential use. The name London
London
Docklands was used for the first time in a government report on redevelopment plans in 1971, and has since become virtually universally adopted. The redevelopment created wealth, but also led to conflict between the new and old communities in the areas thus designated.

Contents

1 Establishment 2 Development 3 20th century 4 Redevelopment 5 Transport

5.1 Future developments 5.2 Docklands series buses

5.2.1 History 5.2.2 Current routes

6 21st century

6.1 Economy

7 In popular culture 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Establishment[edit] In Roman and medieval times, ships arriving in the River Thames
River Thames
tended to dock at small quays in the present-day City of London
London
or Southwark, an area known as the Pool of London. However, these gave no protection against the elements, were vulnerable to thieves and suffered from a lack of space at the quayside. The Howland Great Dock in Rotherhithe (built in 1696, and later to form the core of the Surrey Commercial Docks) was designed to address these problems, providing a large, secure and sheltered anchorage with room for 120 large vessels. It was a major commercial success, and provided for two phases of expansion during the Georgian and Victorian eras. The first of the Georgian docks was the West India (opened in 1802), followed by the London
London
(1805), the East India (also 1805), the Surrey (1807), the Regent's Canal Dock
Regent's Canal Dock
(1820), St Katharine (1828) and the West India South (1829). The Victorian docks were mostly further east, comprising the Royal Victoria (1855), Millwall
Millwall
(1868) and Royal Albert (1880). The King George V Dock was a late addition in 1921. Development[edit] Three principal kinds of docks existed. Wet docks were where ships were laid up at anchor and loaded or unloaded. Dry docks, which were far smaller, took individual ships for repairing. Ships were built at dockyards along the riverside. In addition, the river was lined with innumerable warehouses, piers, jetties and dolphins (mooring points). The various docks tended to specialise in different forms of produce. The Surrey Docks concentrated on timber, for instance; Millwall
Millwall
took grain; St Katharine took wool, sugar and rubber; and so on. The docks required an army of workers, chiefly lightermen (who carried loads between ships and quays aboard small barges called lighters) and quayside workers, who dealt with the goods once they were ashore. Some of the workers were highly skilled: the lightermen had their own livery company or guild, while the deal porters (workers who carried timber) were famous for their acrobatic skills. Most were unskilled and worked as casual labourers. They assembled at certain points, such as pubs, each morning, where they were selected more or less at random by foremen. For these workers, it was effectively a lottery as to whether they would get work—and pay, and food—on any particular day. This arrangement continued until as late as 1965, although it was somewhat regularised after the creation of the National Dock Labour Scheme in 1947. The main dockland areas were originally low-lying marshes, mostly unsuitable for agriculture and lightly populated. With the establishment of the docks, the dock workers formed a number of tight-knit local communities with their own distinctive cultures and slang. Poor communications meant that they were quite remote from other parts of London, and so tended to develop in some isolation. The Isle of Dogs, for example, could only be accessed by road via two swing-bridges. Local sentiment there was so strong that Ted Johns, a local community campaigner, and his supporters, in protest at the lack of social provision from the state, proclaimed a unilateral declaration of independence for the area, setting up a so-called 'Island Council' with Johns himself as its elected leader, and blocked off the two roads coming in from the mainland.[1] 20th century[edit]

Museum of London
London
Docklands, near Canary Wharf

The docks were originally built and managed by a number of competing private companies. From 1909, they were managed by the Port of London Authority (PLA) which amalgamated the companies in a bid to make the docks more efficient and improve labour relations. The PLA constructed the last of the docks, the King George V, in 1921, as well as greatly expanding the Tilbury docks. German bombing during the Second World War caused massive damage to the docks, with 380,000 tons of timber destroyed in the Surrey Docks in a single night. Nonetheless, following post-war rebuilding they experienced a resurgence of prosperity in the 1950s. The end came suddenly, between approximately 1960 and 1970, when the shipping industry adopted the newly invented container system of cargo transportation. London's docks were unable to accommodate the much larger vessels needed by containerization, and the shipping industry moved to deep-water ports such as Tilbury and Felixstowe. Between 1960 and 1980, all of London's docks were closed, leaving around eight square miles (21 km²) of derelict land in East London. Unemployment was high, and poverty and other social problems were rife. Redevelopment[edit]

Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
at sunset

Efforts to redevelop the docks began almost as soon as they were closed, although it took a decade for most plans to move beyond the drawing board and another decade for redevelopment to take full effect. The situation was greatly complicated by the large number of landowners involved: the PLA, the Greater London
London
Council (GLC), the British Gas Corporation, five borough councils, British Rail
British Rail
and the Central Electricity Generating Board. To address this problem, in 1981 the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Heseltine, formed the London
London
Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) to redevelop the area. This was a statutory body appointed and funded by central government (a quango), with wide powers to acquire and dispose of land in the Docklands. It also served as the development planning authority for the area. Another important government intervention was the designation in 1982 of an enterprise zone, an area in which businesses were exempt from property taxes and had other incentives, including simplified planning and capital allowances. This made investing in the Docklands a significantly more attractive proposition and was instrumental in starting a property boom in the area. The LDDC was controversial; it was accused of favouring elitist luxury developments rather than affordable housing, and it was unpopular with the local communities, who felt that their needs were not being addressed. Nonetheless, the LDDC was central to a remarkable transformation in the area, although how far it was in control of events is debatable. It was wound up in 1998 when control of the Docklands area was handed back to the respective local authorities. The massive development programme managed by the LDDC during the 1980s and 1990s saw a huge area of the Docklands converted into a mixture of residential, commercial and light industrial space. The clearest symbol of the whole effort was the ambitious Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
project that constructed Britain's tallest building at the time and established a second major financial centre in London. However, there is no evidence that the LDDC foresaw this scale of development; nearby Heron Quays had already been developed as low-density offices when Canary Wharf was proposed, and similar development was already underway on Canary Wharf itself, Limehouse Studios being the most famous occupant. Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
was far from trouble-free; the property slump of the early 1990s halted further development for several years. Developers found themselves, for a time, saddled with property that they were unable to sell or let. Transport[edit] The Docklands historically had poor transport connections. This was addressed by the LDDC with the construction of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which connected the Docklands with the City. It was a remarkably[according to whom?] inexpensive development, costing only £77 million in its first phase, as it relied on reusing disused railway infrastructure and derelict land for much of its length. The LDDC originally requested a full London
London
Underground line, but the Government refused to fund it. The LDDC also built the Limehouse
Limehouse
Link tunnel, a cut and cover road tunnel linking the Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs
to The Highway
The Highway
(the A1203 road) at a cost of over £150 million per kilometre, one of the most expensive stretches of road ever built.[citation needed] The LDDC also contributed to the development of London
London
City Airport ( IATA airport code LCY), opened in October 1987 on the spine of the Royal Docks. The London
London
Underground's Jubilee line
Jubilee line
was extended eastwards in 1999; it now serves Rotherhithe/ Surrey Quays
Surrey Quays
at Canada Water
Canada Water
station, the Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs
at Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
tube station, Greenwich
Greenwich
at North Greenwich
Greenwich
tube station and the nearby Royal Docks
Royal Docks
at Canning Town station. The DLR was extended in 1994 to serve much of the Royal Docks area when the Beckton
Beckton
branch was opened. The Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs
branch was extended further south, and in 1999 it began serving Greenwich
Greenwich
town centre—including the Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark
museum— Deptford
Deptford
and finally Lewisham. In 2005, a new branch of the DLR opened from Canning Town to serve what used to be the eastern terminus of the North London
London
Line, including a station at London
London
City Airport. It was then further extended to Woolwich
Woolwich
Arsenal in 2009. Future developments[edit] The continued success[according to whom?] of the Docklands redevelopment has prompted several further development schemes, including:

Extensions of the DLR, possibly to Dagenham. Crossrail
Crossrail
links to central London, Reading and Heathrow Airport. Further development of Canada Water. Redevelopment of Blackwall Basin
Blackwall Basin
and Wood Wharf, east of Canary Wharf. New skyscrapers to be built at Canary Wharf, including the Riverside South towers, the Heron Quays
Heron Quays
West double-skyscraper development and the North Quay project, consisting of three towers.

In the early 21st century, redevelopment is spreading into the more suburban parts of east and southeast London, and into the parts of the counties of Kent
Kent
and Essex
Essex
that abut the Thames Estuary. See Thames Gateway and Lower Lea Valley for further information on this trend. Docklands series buses[edit] Main article: Docklands prefix routes History[edit] The numbers of several London
London
Buses routes are prefixed D for Docklands; all run on the north bank of the River Thames
River Thames
as part of the London
London
bus network, and act as feeder buses to the DLR. The D network was developed in the early stages of Docklands redevelopment; it was originally much larger, but as transport rapidly improved across east London, the need for the D routes reduced. Today only four remain, running primarily in Tower Hamlets and briefly into Newham and Hackney. Docklands Buses
Docklands Buses
operates all routes apart from route D3, which is run by Stagecoach London. Current routes[edit] Route D3 operates via these primary locations: Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
Bonner Road  • Cambridge Heath
Cambridge Heath
Peel Grove  • Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
station  • Shoreditch
Shoreditch
Fakruddin Street  • Whitechapel
Whitechapel
Royal London
London
Hospital  • Shadwell
Shadwell
Chapman Street (westbound)/ Shadwell
Shadwell
station (eastbound)  • Wapping station  • Ratcliff
Ratcliff
Free Trade Wharf  • Limehouse station
Limehouse station
 • Limehouse
Limehouse
Burdett Road  • Westferry station  • Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
station  • Blackwall Baffin Way  • East India station  • Leamouth
Leamouth
Orchard Place Route D6 operates via these primary locations: South Hackney
South Hackney
Ash Grove  • Cambridge Heath
Cambridge Heath
station  • Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
station  • Globe Town
Globe Town
Bonner Street  • Bow St Barnabas Church  • Mile End station  • Bow Common St Paul's Way/Turners Road  • Limehouse
Limehouse
East India Dock Road  • Poplar All Saints Church/Bazeley Street  • Blackwall Aspen Way  • Coldharbour  • Cubitt Town
Cubitt Town
Jack Dash House  • Crossharbour
Crossharbour
station  • Crossharbour ASDA Route D7 operates via these primary locations: Mile End station  • Bow Common
Bow Common
St Paul's Way/Turners Road  • Limehouse
Limehouse
East India Dock Road  • Westferry station  • Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
station  • Millwall
Millwall
Barkantine Clinic  • Island Gardens station  • Cubitt Town
Cubitt Town
St John's Park  • Coldharbour  • Blackwall Aspen Way  • Poplar All Saints Church Route D8 operates via these primary locations: Stratford bus station
Stratford bus station
for Stratford station
Stratford station
 • Stratford High Street station  • Bow Church
Bow Church
(southbound)  • Bromley-by-Bow station  • South Bromley
South Bromley
St Leonard's Wharf  • Poplar All Saints Church  • Blackwall Billingsgate Market  • Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
station  • Millwall Mastmakers Road  • South Quay station  • Crossharbour station  • Crossharbour
Crossharbour
ASDA 21st century[edit] The population of the Docklands has more than doubled during the last 30 years, and the area has become both a major business centre and an increasingly desirable area to live.[citation needed] Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
has become one of Europe's biggest clusters of skyscrapers and a direct challenge to the financial dominance of the City of London.[citation needed] Although most of the old wharfs and warehouses have been demolished, some have been restored and converted into flats. Most of the docks themselves have survived and are now used as marinas or watersports centres, the major exception being the Surrey Commercial Docks
Surrey Commercial Docks
which are now largely filled in. Although large ships can—and occasionally still do—visit the old docks, all of the commercial traffic has moved downriver. The revival of the Docklands has had major effects in run-down surrounding areas. Greenwich
Greenwich
and Deptford
Deptford
are undergoing large-scale redevelopment, chiefly as a result of the improved transport links making them more attractive to commuters.[citation needed] The Docklands' redevelopment has, however, had some less beneficial aspects. The massive property boom and consequent rise in house prices has led to friction between the new arrivals and the old Docklands communities, who have complained of being squeezed out. It has also made for some of the most striking disparities to be seen anywhere in Britain: luxury executive flats constructed alongside run-down public housing estates. The Docklands' status as a symbol of Margaret Thatcher's Britain has also made it a target for terrorists. After a failed attempt to bomb Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
in 1992, a large IRA bomb exploded at South Quay on 9 February 1996. Two people died in the explosion, forty people were injured and an estimated £150 million of damage was caused.[2] This bombing ended an IRA ceasefire.[3] James McArdle was imprisoned for 25 years after a trial at Woolwich
Woolwich
Crown Court
Crown Court
that ended on 24 June 1998. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement
Good Friday Agreement
and royal prerogative of mercy officially signed by Queen Elizabeth II, McArdle was released on 28 June 2000.[4] London
London
Docklands is served by its own free newspaper, The Docklands, launched in 2006 by Archant London
London
following the purchase of Docklands News, the ex-LDDC newspaper which was then owned by Ivy Communications. It is delivered weekly to properties and available to pick up from various locations in the area. It has the highest circulation of any newspaper in the area.[citation needed] A sister title, The Peninsula, was launched in 2007, covering the Greenwich Peninsula. In a further sign of regeneration in the area, the Docklands now has its own symphony orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia; this was formed in January 2009 and is based at St Anne's Limehouse.[5] Economy[edit] The offices of The Independent
The Independent
group of publications were at one time situated in the Docklands. In 2008, Independent News & Media announced that The Independent
The Independent
would be moving its offices to Northcliffe House in Kensington.[6] In popular culture[edit] Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
makes frequent use of the riverside and docklands in novels such as Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend
and Great Expectations, and there is a memorable description of the docks, their buildings and people, in Joseph Conrad's The Mirror of the Sea. In Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 2007 film 28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later
the Docklands are the location of District 1, the most functional section of Britain during the outbreak of Rage Virus and the headquarters for Army Officials. The Docklands also appear in The Ruby in the Smoke, a novel by Philip Pullman. The 1990s drama Bugs made extensive use of Docklands for filming throughout its four series. Although the script referred to an anonymous city rather than acknowledging its Docklands location, action took place in and around many then-familiar landmarks, from the London
London
Arena to the Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway
depot. In the 1991 film Close my Eyes, Richard (Clive Owen) works in the then-developing Docklands area, and during a ride on the DLR, remarks to his boss Colin (Karl Johnson) as to how much everything is rapidly changing. In the comedy Not Going Out, the main characters live in a flat located in the Docklands. Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
was involved as part of a fundraising idea to help make money for the Docklands along with the Gruffalo[citation needed]. The TV series and book Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
is set in the 1950s in the Docklands. Recording artist Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre
staged an open-air concert, Destination Docklands, in the area in October 1988. See also[edit]

London
London
portal

Burrells Wharf Safeguarded wharf Stepney Historical Trust University of East London

References[edit]

^ Ted Johns Telegraph 14 May 2004 accessed 14 May 2015 2007 ^ The parlous state of the Docklands property market at the time of the blast, combined with a lengthy delay in implementing redevelopment, means a true estimate of the financial cost is difficult to reach.[verification needed] ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY 10 1996: Docklands bomb ends IRA ceasefire". BBC News. 10 February 1996. Retrieved 2012-06-23.  ^ Foster, Peter (2000-07-27). "Royal release for IRA bomber". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-07-10.  ^ 'Docklands Sinfonia’ strikes chord to put East End on culture map[permanent dead link], East London
London
Advertiser, 16 September 2008 ^ Ponsford, Dominic. "Sharing with Mail 'will safeguard future of Independent'[permanent dead link]." Press Gazette. 28 November 2008. Retrieved on 6 September 2011. "Under a deal signed today, the Independent titles will share back office functions with the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro and Evening Standard at Northcliffe House in Kensington."

Further reading[edit]

Kevin d'Arcy. London's 2nd City: Creating Canary Wharf. Rajah Books ISBN 978-0-9556706-2-6.

External links[edit]

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