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is an industrialised district in the Port of London
Port of London
in the London Borough of Newham, in east London, England It lies on the north bank of the Thames and a major £3.5billion redevelopment of the area was approved in 2015.[1] It was named after Samuel Winkworth Silver's former rubber factory which opened in 1852, and is now dominated by the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery and the John Knight ABP animal rendering plant.


1 History 2 Regeneration 3 Education 4 Transport 5 Popular culture 6 Filming locations 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] In 1852 S.W.Silver and Co moved to the area from Greenwich and established a rubber works, originally to make waterproof clothing. This subsequently developed into the works of the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Cable Company, which constructed and laid many submarine cables. By the 1860s a number of manure and chemical works and petroleum storage depots had been set up.[2] In 1864, the area became an ecclesiastical parish of its own, centred on the church of St Mark's. Sugar refiners in the area were joined by Henry Tate
Henry Tate
in 1877 and Abram Lyle in 1881, whose companies merged in 1921 to form Tate & Lyle.[3] Prior to the merger, which occurred after they had died, the two men were bitter business rivals, although they had never met in person.[4] Tate & Lyle still has two large refineries in the area.

Tate & Lyle Silvertown
sugar refinery

In 1889 Silver's factory was the scene of a twelve-week-long strike by the majority of its 3,000 workers. The strikers were demanding higher pay and were inspired by the recent successes of New Unionism in the East End of London. Management refused to negotiate with the strikers who had immense popular support. Leading figures in the strike included Tom Mann
Tom Mann
and Eleanor Marx. The workers were eventually starved back to work, with many being victimised for their role. In the aftermath of the strike, Silver's declared a half-yearly dividend of 5 percent. Silver's management were congratulated by the rest of the industry for holding a line against New Unionism.[5] On 19 January 1917, parts of Silvertown
were devastated by a massive TNT explosion at the Brunner-Mond munitions factory, in what is known as the Silvertown
explosion. Seventy three people died and hundreds were injured in one of the largest explosions ever experienced in the British Isles.[6] In the early 20th Century the area suffered greatly from road congestion due to being located between the Thames and the Royal Docks, then the largest and one of the busiest dock groups in the world. The area was cut off for much of the time by lifting bridges over dock entrances, and by level crossings which were closed for up to three quarters of each hour by train movements. This led in the early 1930s to the construction of the elevated Silvertown
Way, one of the earliest urban flyovers.[7] On the first night of The Blitz, Tate and Lyle's sugar refinery, John Knight's Primrose Soapworks, and the Silvertown
Rubber Works were all badly damaged by bombing.[8] Silver's was eventually taken over by the British Tyre and Rubber Co, later known as BTR Industries. The site closed in the 1960s and is now the Thameside Industrial Estate.[9] Another major local employer was the Loders and Nucoline plant at Cairn Mills, a traditional port oleo industry and formerly part of Unilever. This originally milled seeds but later concentrated on production of fats from palm kernel oil.[citation needed] The district formed part of the County Borough of West Ham
County Borough of West Ham
in Essex until 1965.[citation needed] Regeneration[edit]

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On 21 April 2015, Newham Council
Newham Council
gave planning permission to The Silvertown
Partnership for a new £3.5billion redevelopment of the area. The 7 million square foot development will provide offices, a tech hub, 3,000 new homes and brand experience pavilions. A school, health centre and shops are also included in the plan and an innovative new bridge will cross the Royal Docks
Royal Docks
to get people to Custom House station[10] and Crossrail. The Silvertown
Partnership were selected as the development partner to take forward the regeneration of the site.

Construction in Silvertown
(view from Shooter's Hill)

The Silvertown
Partnership’s plans aim to deliver a vibrant new destination in London with homes, restaurants, commercial buildings, local convenience retail facilities and significant public realm for community use. The heritage of enterprise in the Royal Docks
Royal Docks
is hoped to be revitalised bringing up to 21,000 new jobs, up to 3,000 homes and contributing £260m each year of gross value to the London economy. The redevelopment is planned to include the restoration of former flour factory Millennium Mills.[11] In January 2015, The Mayor of London
The Mayor of London
announced an initial £12m of government funding to start work on demolishing part of Millennium Mills and clearing it of asbestos.[12] Prior to this latest development, the area was transformed in the 1970s by the construction of the Thames Barrier, an adjacent park, new housing areas and the London City Airport. In the mid 1990s much of the business activity in the area was centred on the brewing firm Bass. In 2007 Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visited Silvertown, to formally open the new Silvertown
Ambulance Station on North Woolwich
North Woolwich
Road. Education[edit] For details of education in Silvertown, see List of schools in the London Borough of Newham. Transport[edit]

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From 2018 a new station at Custom House station
Custom House station
will provide transport to and from the area, using the trackbed of the old North London Line. There is passive provision for a stop serving Silvertown
to be built in future. Silvertown
station new station opened 4 October 1987 by Michael Portillo. The nearest still open rail station Docklands Light Railway station is West Silvertown. Access was much improved by an extension of the Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway
from Canning Town
Canning Town
to Woolwich Arsenal, which opened on 2 December 2005. However, the old Silvertown railway station on the North London Line, was closed in 2006. London City Airport is located on the eastern edge of Silvertown. A new bridge to connect Silvertown
with Crossrail’s Custom House station is one of the features of a £3.5bn redevelopment plan for London’s Royal Docks.[13] Popular culture[edit]

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is featured in a ballad by Mark Knopfler, titled Silvertown Blues, which describes the area as it was before redevelopment. The district also features in Charlie Connelly's book, Attention All Shipping. In the first chapter "Sea, Soup and Silvertown" the author describes the his grandparents' flight from the area during The Blitz and the inspiration for the book.[14] In the British television drama Upstairs, Downstairs, the character of Ruby leaves service with the Bellamy family to work in a munitions factory in Silvertown. She returns to 165 Eaton Place in a later episode on the very evening of the Silvertown
explosion, having barely survived the disaster. Melanie McGrath's book Silvertown
is a novelistic account of her grandmother's life in the area, where she and her husband ran a cafe.[15] The Sugar Girls, by Duncan Barrett
Duncan Barrett
and Nuala Calvi, tells the true stories of women who worked at Tate & Lyle's Silvertown
factories, and features much detail on the area.[4] The folk punk band The Men They Couldn't Hang called their fourth album Silver Town after the district.[citation needed] They mention it in the LP's seventh track "Blackfriars Bridge" (I looked along the river to the shores of Silvertown
/ Putting up castles, what are they tearing down?). Silvertown
is popular with urban explorers who regularly visit the site to take photographs of Millennium Mills
Millennium Mills
to share on sites such as 28 Days Later.[16] Silvertown
is one of the main areas where events take place in the book "Sunday Morning Coming Down" the latest Frida Klein novel (2017) by the writer's duo Nicci French. Filming locations[edit] A small part of Silvertown
near the Tate and Lyle factory was filmed as part of the clean up operation in the film 28 Weeks Later. Also some of the filming took place at London City Airport
London City Airport
which is just north of the Tate and Lyle factory.[citation needed] See also[edit]

explosion Silvertown


^ "Go-ahead for Silvertown
development". 22 April 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk.  ^ Notes to London Sheet 80, Silvertown
1867 (Map). 1:2500 reduced to 1:4340. Old Ordnance Survey Maps, The Godfrey Edition. Alan Godfrey. ISBN 1-84151-861-1.  ^ Notes to London Sheet 80, Silvertown
1893 (Map). 1:2500 reduced to 1:4340. Old Ordnance Survey Maps, The Godfrey Edition. Alan Godfrey. ISBN 978-0-85054-073-4.  ^ a b Duncan Barrett
Duncan Barrett
and Nuala Calvi. The Sugar Girls. Collins. ISBN 978-0-00-744847-0.  ^ Tully, John (2014). Silvertown: The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labor Movement. New York: Monthly Review Press. ISBN 9781907103995.  ^ "London's explosion was at Silvertown". New York Times. 29 January 1919. Retrieved 2009-06-12.  ^ Winchester C (Ed) (1937). London's Dockland Highway. Wonders of World Engineering. The Amalgamated Press. pp. 749–756.  access-date= requires url= (help)CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ Smoke from the bombed factories in Silvertown
(image) Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Port Cities) accessed 23 November 2008 ^ "West Ham: Industries". A History of the County of Essex. 1973. pp. 76–89. Retrieved 14 April 2011.  ^ "Central and south east stations". Crossrail.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017.  ^ "TheWharf - News - InYourArea". InYourArea.co.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2017.  ^ [1][dead link] ^ "New bridge planned in £3.5bn Silvertown
Quays scheme". Nce.co.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2017.  ^ Connelly, Charlie (2006). Attention all shipping : a journey round the shipping forecast. London: Abacus. ISBN 9780349116037.  ^ Melanie McGrath (2003). Silvertown. 4th Estate. ISBN 978-1-84115-143-4.  ^ "28DaysLater.co.uk". 28DaysLater.co.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2017. 

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