Isle of Dogs map, 1984

24 August 2011 at 18:17 | Posted in Docklands past, Maps and plans | Leave a comment
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The map below comes from a 1984 GLC book, Docklands History Survey. In it the GLC listed the buildings within the Docklands area worthy of future protection or conservation following the winding-up of the GLC in two years’ time. (Click the map for a larger version.)

The map shows the derelict West India Docks, with Canary Wharf home only to some old warehouses. The DLR has yet to arrive on the scene, although some of its future alignment can be seen on the map around Westferry, Poplar and Island Gardens.

It’s striking looking at this how separate each side of the Isle of Dogs were from each other, let alone the rest of London; indeed in 1970 a local Councillor famously declared independence, claiming a new Republic in the Isle of Dogs. Needless to say this adventure didn’t last long, but highlighted the need to pay attention to the area following the rapid decline of the area’s industry.

Published according to Ordnance Survey’s Fair Dealing policy.

Reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO.
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