* 1 History * 2 The area today * 3 References * 4 Other sources * 5 External links
The Millwall Dock was constructed by John Aird "> Disused timber footbridge at the entrance to the old dry dock at Clipper Quay, with an engine and a customs furnace in the background
The dock is L-shaped, with an 'Outer Dock' running east-west, and an
'Inner Dock' running north from the eastern end. It originally
contained around 36 acres (14 hectares) of water and had a 200-acre
(81 hectare) estate. The western end of the Outer Dock was originally
connected to the Thames at
Millwall by an 80 ft (24 m) wide channel.
The spoil from the docks formed the area of wasteland known as the
From 1905 Magnus Mowat worked as Engineer to the docks, peing promoted to Director around 1912.
With reorganisation by the Port of
The dock was used mainly for timber and grain, a trade which eventually moved down river to the Port of Tilbury with the construction of a major grain terminal in the 1960s. A McDougall\'s flour mill, the Wheatsheaf Mill (constructed in 1869), stood on the south side of the Outer Dock, but was demolished in about 1980. Nearby Sir John McDougall Gardens is named after one of the McDougall brothers, John McDougall , who was also a prominent local politician in Poplar.
THE AREA TODAY