Millwall Dock is a dock at Millwall, London, England, located south of
Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs.
2 The area today
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Millwall Dock was constructed by John Aird & Co. to a design
by Sir John Fowler and opened in 1868.
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 Mudchute. A graving dock for ship repairs was constructed at
the SE corner of the Outer Dock (one of 6 originally planned), and
later lengthened to 555 ft (169 m).
Magnus Mowat worked as Engineer to the docks, peing promoted
to Director around 1912.
With reorganisation by the Port of
London Authority in the 1920s, the
northern end of the Inner Dock was connected to the West India Docks
Millwall Passage, and the direct connection to the Thames was
The dock was used mainly for timber and grain, a trade which
eventually moved down river to the
Port of Tilbury
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
The area today
Millwall Dock lies near the centre of the Isle of Dogs, just south of
the now developed
Canary Wharf commercial business area.
A large site on the north side of Outer Dock is occupied by the West
Ferry Printing Works, the largest newspaper print works in Western
Europe, built 1984–6.
Millwall Dock is a commercial business
district that includes office towers housing small to medium-sized
technology, publishing, legal and financial services companies.
Millwall Dock is also an area where several housing developments and
impressive apartment towers have been developed. The Clippers Quay
housing estate is located around the old dry dock, while the Mill Quay
housing development is located on the site of the old flour mill.
There is a marked contrast between the newly established living and
working areas and the older neighbouring developments in the area.
Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre is located at the far West
end of the dock where the dock previously connected to the Thames.
It was set up in 1989 by the
London Docklands Development Corporation
and the Sports Council at a cost of £1.2 million.
The dock was a location for boat stunts in the 1999
James Bond film
The World Is Not Enough.
There are three
Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway stations serving the Millwall
Dock: Mudchute, Crossharbour and South Quay.
^ British History on line
^ "Sir John McDougall Gardens".
London Gardens Trust. Retrieved 16
^ Times Online, 15 February 2004, Desmond's double whammy, says
"Westferry is the biggest printing works in western Europe."
^ "Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre". www.timeout.com. Time
Out. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
^ Hyde, John (27 August 2008). "Beijing success brings boost to
sailing centre". London: www.edp24.co.uk. Archived from the original
on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
Millwall Docks: The docks'". Survey Survey of London: volumes 43
and 44: Poplar, Blackwall and
Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs (1994), pp. 353-356.
English Heritage. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
'Dockland: An illustrated historical survey of life and work in east
London', NELP/GLC, 1983, ISBN 0-7168-1611-3
Docklands Light Railway
Mill Quay Residents Association
Coordinates: 51°29′43.37″N 0°0′58″W / 51.4953806°N
0.01611°W / 51